Five health clinics serving rural Idaho communities will receive a total of nearly $3.6 million in emergency aid to help cover COVID-19-related costs and continue to provide medical care to rural Idahoans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in a news release Thursday. .
Terry Reilly Health Services receives $1 million in funding for a clinic in Homedale. The grant will expand access to primary care, dental, behavioral and pharmaceutical care, covid-19 testing and vaccinations, as well as covid-19 treatment in Oway County. The nonprofit operates free clinics in the Southwest Idaho area, with a clinic in Homedale at 108 E. Idaho Ave.
The Nez Perce Tribe will receive $1 million to pay for the construction of a facility that will provide Covid-19 testing and vaccination. It provides beds and emergency medical services to tribal and non-tribal patients. Medical centers in the area are “severely overcrowded” and out of bed capacity due to the outbreak, the news release said. An assisted living facility will be located near the existing Nimeipu Health Clinic, the statement said. Nimiipu provides care in Lapwai and Kamia.
Adams County Health Center will receive $1 million to replace, upgrade and modernize the clinic, the only community health center in Adams County. The center was built in 1961. It has an outdated floor plan and “unrelentingly astronomical maintenance costs,” according to the news release. The new facility will have more patient care rooms, expanded pharmacy space and a department for vision and dental care.
Valor Health, formerly Walter Knox Memorial Hospital, will receive $447,325 to offset losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Emmett Hospital will use the funds to cover costs related to Covid-19 and to support staff, equipment, supplies and general health care.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe will receive $112,475 to establish monoclonal antibody treatments for Covid-19 at the Shoshone-Bannock Community Health Center at Fort Hall. The grant will pay for medical personnel, medical diagnostic equipment, an ultrasound machine to diagnose blood clots, a laptop and other supplies.
“These emergency rural health care grants are a huge milestone for Idaho and for impacted communities to build, rehabilitate and equip their health facilities as a result of this support,” said Rudy Soto, Idaho’s USDA Rural Development Director. “These grants are intended to meaningfully improve the health and well-being of rural Idahoans who lack access to high-quality, reliable health care.”