RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Thanks to a $1 million federal grant Family Health Services will open a new location in Rupert.
“They provide health care for those that can’t afford otherwise, they are a value partner to the city and the community,” said Jeff McCurdy, Rupert's chief financial officer. “For them the opportunity to expand their services and provide better care for the citizens of Rupert that’s a win.”
The construction is expected to start by the end of December and could be completed by the end of summer of 2018. The new facility will be at the old Minico Auto Parts in downtown Rupert.
“We feel this is part of our overall plan for our downtown in revitalizing it and getting more business and attracting people,” McCurdy said. “We feel as a city it’s a great opportunity and good benefit for our business community.”
McCurdy said the reason for the move was the previous lot was not feasible and limited expansion opportunities to provide better services for the community.
The 10,000 square-foot facility will feature more dental care services, examination rooms and behavioral health.
The grant came from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Infrastructure Improvement Program.
“All of us at Family Health Services are excited to be able to provide new and improved services to the people of Rupert,” said Aaron Houston, CEO of Family Health Services 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.”