ASTORIA — Columbia Memorial Hospital has announced that Dr. Elizabeth Erikson, a physician at the CMH-OHSU Health Primary Care Clinic in Warrenton, is featured in the “First. Next. Forever.” national campaign for 3RNET.

3RNET is a national resource for health professionals seeking careers in rural and underserved communities. The organization’s campaign tells the stories of health care professionals who have found their first, next or forever career opportunity through using its online resources.

Erikson is highlighted alongside Amanda Judd, who worked as Columbia Memorial’s provider recruiter for five years before moving with her husband this summer. Judd helped bring Erikson to Columbia Memorial in 2018 when she saw she would be a good fit for the organization’s Planetree, person-centered culture.

“We’re so fortunate that Dr. Erikson believed CMH had everything she was looking for,” Judd said. “I can say with confidence that she is making a positive difference in the community. She’s exactly who we had hoped for.”

Stacee Reed, program manager for recruitment and retention with the Oregon Office of Rural Health, is the state’s 3RNET network coordinator who worked with Judd to connect Erikson to Columbia Memorial.

3RNET’s national network of coordinators covers the U.S. and represents organizations that serve the nation’s health care safety net.

Erikson grew up in Montana and completed her residency The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana.

Erickson wanted to be part of an organization that aligned with her goals for improving access to health care for underserved populations. She loves the outdoors and wanted to find a position where she could enjoy nature, too. She now lives with her family on a country property with a growing brood of chickens and a cow.

“I found my first practice and a beautiful home,” Erikson said.

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