Five health clinics serving rural Idaho communities will receive a total of about $3.6 million in emergency grants to use for costs related to COVID-19 and to continue providing medical care to rural Idahoans, according to in a news release Thursday from the US Department of Agriculture. .
Terry Reilly Health Services will receive $1 million in funding for a clinic in Homedale. The grant will expand access in Owyhee County to primary care, dental, behavioral and pharmaceutical care, testing and vaccination for COVID-19, and treatment of COVID-19 when available. The nonprofit operates free clinics around southwest Idaho, including its clinic at 108 E. Idaho Ave. in Homedale.
The Nez Perce Tribe will receive $1 million to help pay for the construction of a facility that will offer testing and vaccination for COVID-19. It will also provide beds and emergency medical care for tribal and non-tribal patients. Medical centers in the area are experiencing “severe overcrowding conditions” and a lack of bed capacity due to the pandemic, according to the news release. There will also be an assisted living facility next to the existing Nimiipuu Health Clinic, the release said. Nimiipuu provides care in Lapwai and Kamiah.
Adams County Health Center will receive $1 million to replace, upgrade and update its clinic, the only community health center in Adams County. The center was built in 1961. It has an outdated floor plan and “unending astronomical repair costs,” the press release said. The new facility will have more patient care rooms, expanded pharmacy space and space for vision and dental care.E
Valor Health, formerly known as Walter Knox Memorial Hospital, will receive $447,325 to help reimburse losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Emmett Hospital will use the money for costs related to COVID-19 and to support staff, equipment, supplies and general health care.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe will receive $112,475 to develop monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 at the Shoshone-Bannock Community Health Center in Fort Hall. The grant will pay for medical staff, medical testing supplies, an ultrasound machine that can check for blood clots, a laptop and other equipment.
“These Rural Health Care Emergency Grants are monumental for Idaho and the affected communities, who will now be able to build, renovate and equip their health facilities as a result of this support,” said Rudy Soto, director of Rural Development. of USDA for Idaho. “These grants will significantly improve the health and well-being of rural Idahoans who have long lacked access to high-quality, reliable health care services.”