KIMBERLY • Adam Richins jumped at the chance “to work in a town where everybody knows your name.”
Richins is an Idaho native who grew up in a family of all boys. As young boys, he and his brothers lived by the philosophical idiom “Hey! Watch this!” — and spent a lot of time at their small-town medical center.
Richins is now a certified physician assistant at the new Family Health Services (FHS) medical center in Kimberly.
The center is also staffed by Dr. Basil Anderson and Dr. Paige Humphreys, along with nursing staff, dental hygienists and support personnel.
On Tuesday morning, staff, community leaders and residents celebrated the grand opening of the new 6,000-square-foot medical center on Main Street.
Family Health Services provided health care in the Magic Valley for 30 years, said Adam Hodges, dental director at the Kimberly center. The not-for-profit group has 34,000 patients coming to its offices in Twin Falls, Burley, Buhl, Jerome and Fairfield.
The medical center is a welcome addition to residents in the east end of Twin Falls County, where health services have been nearly non-existent for several decades.
Larry Hall, Kimberly city administrator, said the medical center is a cornerstone for new development. The facility was built where the city hall once stood before it was condemned and demolished.
“Doesn’t this look a lot better than the old Kimberly City Hall?” he told the crowd, pointing to the new $1.3 million business behind him.
The construction of the medical center was a partnership between Family Health Center, the Idaho Department of Commerce and the city of Kimberly. The city invested $81,000 in the project; the Commerce Department chipped in $500,000 through a Community Development Block Grant; and FHS put down $355,000 between in-kind payments and cash.
“This is a great flagship property to start some change in town,” said Hall. “The city is planning for growth rather than just letting it happen.”
Lynn Hudgens, chief executive officer of FHS, said the center will focus on preventative care.
“Our goal is to get people healthy, then to keep them healthy,” he said. “It’s the only way to save patients money.”
FHS offers medical, dental and behavioral services. Its fees are charged on a sliding scale according to income.
“This is a friendly, easy-going office,” Hudgens said. “We are here for everyone in the community.”