Idaho health care providers receive federal funding for rural communities

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Terry Reilly Health Services is using his million dollars to build a new clinic in Homedale. Currently, their services are split between two different buildings.

BOISE, Idaho – The federal government funds rural health care in Idaho.

A total of five health care providers have received more than $3.5 million to improve access to health care in various communities across the state.

37 states receive money through the US Bailout Actwhich the United States Congress passed in March 2021. In total, the federal government pays $74 million to these states.

Here in Idaho, Terry Reilly Health Services is using its $1 million grant to reach the community of Homedale. Terry Reilly CEO Heidi Hart said improving access to health care in rural Idaho is something they are passionate about.

“It’s part of our mission and it’s why we get up and work every day in health care,” Hart said.

The Nez Perce Tribe and the Adams County Health Center also received $1 million. Walter Knox Memorial Hospital received approximately $447,000 and the Shoshone-Bannock Community Health Center received approximately $112,000.

Terry Reilly uses his money to build a new health care clinic. Currently, their services in Homedale are split between two different buildings. Hart said having everyone under the secure roof will increase communication between staff members.

She said they were also adding a pharmacy and expanding their current medical, dental and behavioral services.

“[We] I feel like we’re making a better, more advanced investment in the Homedale community to make sure we’re taking care of people and providing them with the health care they need and deserve,” Hart said.

Hart and physician’s assistant Janine Franco said it’s sometimes difficult to get health care in rural communities like Homedale.

Often people have to travel long distances to get care. Franco said it’s not feasible for everyone, which is why improving health care in rural communities is so important.

“A lot of people go either to Caldwell, Nampa, Boise, that area,” Franco said. “For people who travel, it’s difficult. It’s good to have a community or clinic available and in their community.

Currently, Terry Reilly serves 1,800 people in Homedale; the town’s population is 2,600. Hart said she hopes to increase the number of people receiving care.

“Really, it’s about our ability to grow and make sure other people who live in Homedale also have the opportunity to meet their health care needs,” Hart said.

The new clinic will cost $2.6 million. Right now, Hart said they still need around $600,000.

She said they had a groundbreaking ceremony for the building on Wednesday and hope it will be finished within the year.

Franco said the community is looking forward to it.

“We don’t get a lot of new stuff in our hometown,” Franco said. “So it’s really exciting that [the new clinic] will be available.”

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