Kootenai Health will open a new urgent care clinic in North Idaho, in partnership with MultiCare Health System, according to a news release.
Indigo Urgent Care, a Washington-based clinic offering virtual and in-person urgent care services, will open in May at 2836 N. Ramsey Road in Coeur d’Alene, in the Crossroads shopping center, next to WinCo. The clinic will be open daily from 08:00 to 20:00
“Kootenai Health has worked for many years to improve access to care in northern Idaho,” John Weinsheim, executive vice president of Kootenai Clinic, said in the release.
“Even with all our best efforts, more is needed. In 2022 alone, Kootenai Urgent Care’s three locations had more than 55,000 patient visits. Given the current market challenges, meeting the need for increased access to healthcare requires an innovative solution.”
The new clinic will treat a variety of minor injuries and ailments, from sore throats and ear infections to minor cuts that may require stitches, sprains, minor fractures and more. All Indigo clinics include on-site labs and digital X-rays.
The joint venture is not a move toward a merger or acquisition, the press release said.
“While working collaboratively, both organizations are independent community-based health care providers,” the release said. “Kootenai Health currently operates three Kootenai Urgent Care locations in Kootenai County and MultiCare has 40 Indigo Urgent Care clinics in Washington state, including seven urgent care clinics in the Spokane region. These locations will continue to serve the community alongside the new Indigo.”
Kootenai Health and MultiCare have worked together before. Last year, Kootenai Health adopted MultiCare’s electronic health records system. The two entities have also worked together on group purchasing efforts and selecting behavioral health initiatives.
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