Boise's Central Bench will get its first look Thursday, June 16 at a much-anticipated neighborhood health center, bringing medical, dental and behavioral health services to the community.
The clinic, at La Cassia and Latah streets,
will be the latest in a string of Terry Reilly Health Services centers
across the Treasure Valley.
"We really like this neighborhood: a lot of hard-working young families but a good many seniors, too. There's a good number of single heads of households, refugee families, you name it," said Heidi Traylor, executive director of Terry Reilly Health Services. "It's not an affluent part of town by any means. People here are doing their best to get by. That's why we love this—truly, a neighborhood clinic."
The new facility will employ board certified doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nursing staff, dental hygienists and social work staff. Services will include primary care such as physical exams, prenatal and well-child care, immunizations, health screenings and chronic disease management, in addition to dental care, behavioral health services and case management.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and other city officials are expected at Thursday's grand opening, which will offer the public its first opportunity to view the new facility. The health center is expected to serve patients beginning Wednesday, June 22.
"It came out early, and it was loud and clear that residents of that area said they needed better access to health services," said Diana Lachiondo, the Boise city director of Community Partnerships. "It's fair to say that it's a neighborhood of challenges and opportunities. Yes, we have a lot of working families there, a fair amount of seniors, new Americans and even young professionals who work downtown. There just hasn't been as much access to health services."