RUPERT — Family Health Services plans to open a new clinic in Rupert next summer.
The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization announced the health provider’s plans Wednesday. The new 10,000 square-foot clinic will have modern exam rooms and bring more space to expand dental services and offer new services such as care management and outreach.
Family Health Services received a $1 million grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Infrastructure Improvement program in May 2016. It had originally planned to build a 5,000 square-foot clinic at its current site but saw an opportunity for a larger site downtown.
“We were excited to hear about the HRSA grant and pleased to see another investment made in our historic downtown,” said Kelly Anthon, Rupert’s city administrator. “This new facility also highlights the progress the city is making in revitalizing its town center and local economy. Family Health Services’ new clinic will be a welcome addition to the Rupert landscape.”
In 2016, the existing Rupert clinic served about 2,800 patients with 11,000 visits. The clinic offers health care services to everyone in the community, and it accepts all insurances, but it also provides care for people who are under or uninsured and to those with barriers to health care. The clinic offers health care services to everyone in the community, and it accepts all insurances, but it also provides care for people who are under or uninsured and to those with barriers to health care.
“The need for these services in Rupert is tremendous,” said Patty Kleinkopf, Family Health Services community business development director.
The new clinic will take the place of the former Minico Auto Parts store at 402 Sixth St. in Rupert. The city purchased the old Minico Auto Parts building and paid $95,056. Former land owner The Idaho Company donated $47,608, said Jeff McCurdy, Rupert’s chief financial officer.
“The city will recoup all of its costs plus interest,” McCurdy said.
Family Health Services came to the city for help finding a new location close to downtown. At first, McCurdy said, the plan was to renovate the old building, but after closer inspection, too much work was needed. Family Health Services couldn’t afford to purchase the property and renovate the old building.
The city will provide a 50-year lease to the clinic, and the building will have a federal lien attached because of the grant funds.
It is an overall win for the city, McCurdy said.
“The city will get a higher yield return on its money, clean up a dilapidated building and bring in a business that will bring more people downtown,” McCurdy said. “This is an exciting time to be in Rupert.”
About 7,000 square feet in the new building will be finished, and the remainder will be available for future growth.
The move will allow the clinic to eventually expand to include dental services and will allow dedicated space for care management and outreach. Future plans will include more exam space as needed and a pharmacy.
“That will allow us to improve those programs,” said Kleinkopf, the clinic’s community development director.
The demolition of the old auto parts store is slated for next week and construction will begin on the clinic in January.
“All of us at Family Health Services are excited to be able to provide new and improved services to the people of Rupert,” Aaron Houston, CEO of Family Health Services, said in a statement. “We were thrilled to be awarded the HRSA grant to help us continue to offer affordable and accessible care to our communities. With tremendous support from the city of Rupert, the city council and local businesses, our partnership has made the project a success at every stage.”