Idaho’s rural health clinics will receive $3.6 million in USDA emergency grants

Five health clinics that serve rural communities in Idaho will receive a total of approximately $3.6 million in emergency grants to be used for COVID-19-related costs and to continue providing medical care to residents rural Idaho, according to a Thursday press release from the U.S. 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, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, and COVID-19 treatment when available. The nonprofit organization operates free clinics in southwest Idaho, including its clinic at 108 E. Idaho Ave. at Homedale.

The Nez Percé 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 to tribal and non-tribal patients. Medical centers in the area have “severe overcrowded conditions” and lack bed capacity due to the pandemic, according to the press release. There will also be an assisted living facility near the existing Nimiipuu health clinic, according to the statement. Nimiipuu provides care in Lapwai and Kamiah.

Adams County Health Center will receive $1 million to replace, upgrade and upgrade its clinic, the only community health center in Adams County. The center was built in 1961. It has an outdated floor plan and “endless astronomical repair costs,” the press release said. The new facility will have more patient care rooms, expanded pharmacy space, and a room for vision and dental care.

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 associated with 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 in Fort Hall. The grant will pay for medical staff, medical testing supplies, an ultrasound machine that can screen for blood clots, a laptop computer, and other supplies.

“These emergency rural health care grants are monumental for Idaho and the affected communities who will now be able to build, renovate and equip their health care facilities with this support,” said Rudy Soto, director of development. USDA Rural for Idaho. “These grants will significantly improve the health and well-being of rural Idaho residents who have long lacked access to reliable, high-quality health services.”

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