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Mustard Tree Clinic looking to move into a larger facility
When businesses are successful, you can count on them to grow big enough that they often need bigger buildings. That's what's happened to a local healthcare clinic.
Right now it's just a proposal, but everybody involved is excited about more space for the Mustard Tree Clinic to move into.
The Mustard Tree Wellness Clinic started six years ago, serving about 100 patients a year. So far this year, they've provided free healthcare to 3,500 people.
Mustard Tree Wellness Clinic Admin. Jonie Benson said, “We serve the indigent, which means the poverty level and those that have no insurance or the uninsured, the homeless. Just people that don't have a provider that need a first point of access, that's what we're here for.”
Right now the Mustard Tree Clinic has offices on Shoup Avenue, north of the current Saint Luke's Magic Valley main building on Addison Avenue West.
The clinic has four examination rooms, and are looking to move into a larger building on the northeast corner of Shoup and Martin Street.
Twin Falls County Commissioner Terry Kramer said, “St. Luke's has some property that they are able to vacate. It's owned by the county, and so they are asking permission for them to allow the Mustard Tree to come into that property. That's part of the agreement, since it is owned by the county.”
The head of Saint Luke's says Mustard Tree could make the move by the end of the year. He says that the hospital will move into its new location on Pole Line Road in May of next year.
And that this new location could be a long term solution for the Mustard Tree.
St. Luke’s Magic Valley Interim C.E.O. Mike Reno said, “They've had the opportunity to come over and look at the space, and we think this'll actually provide a better space than they have right now. It'll actually give them more of a storefront space, and be a little bit easier for patients to navigate to and find.”
County Commissioner Terry Kramer says that the Mustard Tree saves Twin Falls county a lot of money by offering free medical care to people who can't afford it.