Our Organization


To provide accessible, culturally sensitive, affordable, quality-driven, patient-centered health services to the community, with an emphasis on the underserved.


A tradition of working together providing compassionate quality services for a healthy community.


  • Each person deserves uncommon kindness. Patients and staff are valued and respected.

  • We are dedicated to helping the patient heal by including them as part of a team care approach.

  • We believe in being fiscally responsible in order to continue to serve our community.

  • We believe in 100% access to health care.

Our History

In 1997 Claude Bergeron and Barbara Bergeron, two healthcare professionals with longstanding commitments to providing access to preventive and primary care to the underserved, wrote a grant application to the Health Resources and Services Administration to establish a community health center in Klamath Falls. Their application was funded and Klamath Health Partnership (KHP), a Federally Qualified Health Center, began operating as Klamath Open Door Family Practice Clinic.

In 1998, Klamath Open Door’s first home was on Washburn Way as West Occupational Care with just two medical providers. Later that same year, KOD moved to Town and Country Shopping Center.

Over the following years, KOD expanded to include nurse practitioners (1999), a dental facility (2000), and a mental health program (2001).

Then, after a successful capital campaign, KOD relocated to its current facilities on South Sixth Street in 2004 where x-ray services, an expanded dental clinic, and full administration building were added.

Today Klamath Health Partnership is the second largest medical provider in the Klamath Basin and beyond -- Malin, Merrill, Bonanza, Bly, Beatty, Tulelake, Dorris, Macdoel, and Lakeview -- offering residents access to culturally appropriate, high quality, and affordable primary and preventive health care from clinics with two locations in Klamath Falls and one in Chiloquin.

Serving the Underserved

Underserved populations typically includes individuals from low income families, the elderly, disabled, children, mentally ill, developmentally disabled, immigrants, the working poor, and those unable to work.

Studies show that people who lack health insurance are far less likely to receive basic health care services, and are generally in poorer health as a result. They tend to delay seeking care even when in need of medical attention, do not fill prescriptions and have trouble paying medical bills when a medical crisis occurs.

What’s more, the uninsured have more difficulty obtaining primary care and access to essential medication, and have a higher rate of hospitalization for treatable conditions such as hypertension, asthma, or diabetes. In addition, studies have linked an association between periodontal disease and diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Klamath Health Partnership grew out of a community collaboration to provide low-cost and free medical services to this population. Because of this commitment …

No one will be refused service because of inability to pay.

Klamath Health Partnership

Klamath Health Partnership , Inc. is an FTCA deemed organization. For more information about FTCA click here.

We are pleased to have received the Tier 3 Certification from the Oregon Health Authority Patient Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) for our quality of care.

We are staffed by a comprehensive team of over 50 health professionals consisting of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, lab and x-ray technicians, dentists, dental hygienists, and certified ancillary personnel, some of whom are bilingual.


Klamath Health Partnership is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders equally committed to our mission, vision, and values.

Over 51% of the Board of Directors are actual patients at the health center with the other 49% representing our community at large. The Board of Directors sets the policy, annual budget, and strategic planning for the health center.

Internally, we have a medical director who oversees the clinical component of our community health center, a dental director who oversees the dental clinic and an operations officer who oversees the administration and outreach portion of our program.  

Our health center also boasts a highly-qualified, mission-focused management team including: a clinical nurse supervisor, medical records office manager, nurse case manager, financial/accounting department manager, outreach coordinator, dental office manager, and billing department manager.

To find out more about our leadership and staff, please visit …

Medical Providers

Behavioral & Mental Health Providers

Dental Providers

Our Board

Jeff DicksonPresident

B.S. in Management Information Systems from Southern Oregon University
M.B.A. from Southern Oregon University

Jeff Dickson has served as the Chief Information Officer of KHP for almost half a decade. In addition, he currently teaches at the Oregon Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor in their Business Management Department. 

As an educator, Jeff focuses on aligning the concepts learned in the classroom with practical applications in the workplace. Jeff’s desire to teach started in high school. The inspiration came from his grandfather who is a psychologist, educator, and consultant. Fishing, hunting, photography, and gardening are among the list of things Jeff loves doing.

Liz MaddalenaVice President
B.S. in Business Management from Marylhurst University
M.B.A. from University of Portland

Raised in Massachusetts, Liz spent fifteen years in Portland, Oregon where she completed her education and began her career. In 2005, she and her husband moved to Klamath Falls to be closer to their extended family and Kingsley Field, where her husband served as an Air National Guardsman.  

Liz is the Director of Operations for Klamath Basin Behavioral Health where she has worked since 2007. Her role at KBBH has given her the opportunity to apply her gifts and talents to improving Klamath’s community. In her free moments she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, crocheting, and volunteering at her church in various ministries.

Laura PulleyTreasurer

B.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri
B.S. in Management Information Systems from Oregon Institute of Technology
Certified Public Accountant & Certified Management Accountant

Laura has called Klamath Falls home since 1999. She spent the first fourteen years of her professional career in public accounting at a regional firm handling tax preparation and planning, municipal and non-profit auditing, accounting services, and business consulting.  

In 2013, Laura became the Chief Financial Officer for Kla-Mo-Ya Casino (a subsidiary of The Klamath Tribes). As a leading volunteer at The Favell Museum — a "gem of the Klamath community” — she enjoys using her financial knowledge to help the museum itself as well as the wider Klamath area continue moving forward in their educational and cultural goals.

Jan Bos, Secretary & Patient Representative

Tamara Rose, PhD.Board Member
PhD. in Nursing from Idaho State University
M.S.N. from Oregon Health & Science University
B.S.N. from Oregon Institute of Technology
Tamara is currently a faculty member and Campus Associate Dean at the Oregon Health & Science University, Klamath Falls campus.
An alumna of the Oregon Tech undergraduate nursing program, Tamara recently completed her PhD in nursing at Idaho State University. Her area of research was focused on the adoption of nursing professional values in the baccalaureate nursing student population.
Tamara’s clinical expertise is in the area of psychiatric mental health nursing with a special focus on chronically mentally ill adults. As a nursing faculty member at OHSU, Tamara is in her nineteenth year of teaching on the Klamath Falls campus.

David Isaiah HedelmanBoard Member

M.S. in Clinical Child and Youth Work from Western Oregon State College 

After spending two years in British Columbia, Canada and one year in Minnesota, David has called the Klamath Basin home for nearly forty years. A lifelong educator, David has taught locally at Klamath Union High School, OIT, and Klamath Community College. 

Having worked as an alcohol and drug counselor for various organizations as well as providing mental health counseling for over 25 years, David brings to the board a wealth of knowledge and real life experience.

Our Leadership Team

Signe PorterCEO & CFO
Born and raised in Klamath Falls, Signe decided to return to her hometown after attending Oregon State University. In her own words, “Klamath County is a special place for me. I love the country and the people.”  

After operating a tax consulting and accounting business for many years, she now dedicates her time, talent, and professional skills to KHP as their Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Mixing her love of numbers with her love of people, Signe’s dual roles at KHP are fueled by an underlying desire to provide healthcare to those who need it in Klamath County.

George OlsonChief Operations Officer
B.S. in Healthcare Administration
Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Compliance

Having grown up in a small town on the Oregon Coast, Garibaldi, George learned early in life his love for the rural setting and everything it has to offer. Naturally, both George and his family feel most at home in rural Oregon, which is why they are excited to be a part of the Klamath Falls community as well as to be given the opportunity to serve KHP as their Chief Operations Officer.

Before returning home to Oregon George served 13 years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.

Kelli McBrideHuman Resources
Born and raised in the Willamette Valley, Kelli moved to Klamath Falls to start a family with her husband who grew up in the Klamath Basin.  She began working at Klamath Health Partnership in 2006 as the Drug Assistance Specialist in their Outreach department.  "KOD is like my second family" she says.

Human Resources was a natural progression "after assisting patients for 8 years, now I get to assist my co-workers".      

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The Future & Our Strategic Direction

Since our humble beginnings in 1997, we have made concerted efforts to plan responsibly for the future medical, dental and mental health needs of people living in our community. 

Serving the underserved means that patient demand has always exceeded our ability to help all those in need. As a result, our medical and dental waiting lists often force patients to wait anywhere from three to four months before being seen.

To meet this need, our strategic planning aims to increase the number of doctors and dentists, extend hours of operation and add more exam rooms and operatories to increase practitioner productivity.  

Serving an uninsured population is both rewarding and challenging.

With a healthy variety of payment sources we accomplish our mission to serve the uninsured and at the same time are instrumental in eradicating the devastating effects of inadequate preventive medical care by being an option for vulnerable people in Klamath.  

As we often say …  

We are both the first choice and last resort for a large subset of the population.
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As part of employment, our team members enjoy comprehensive benefits such as NHSC loan repayment qualification and FTCA coverage, and flexible schedules for a healthy work/life balance.
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