- Associated Press - Saturday, February 18, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Northland Community Health Centers, a federally-funded organization that offers medical treatment to people regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, is planning to open a primary care and walk-in clinic in Bismarck.

The clinic is expected to open in April, The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2kc206r) reported. It received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to open the Bismarck facility.

Patrick Butler, CEO of Northland Health Centers, said the organization has wanted to create a clinic in Bismarck. He said local community organizations, including the Wilson Health Cooperative and the Sacred Pipe Resource Center, were the inspiration behind bringing the community clinic to Bismarck.

Cheryl Kary, executive director of Sacred Pipe, said her organization determined a community clinic as a necessity for the community.

“We have such high health disparities in the Native community, a lot of issues around health care and lack of access to health care,” Kary said.

The clinic will provide primary medical and preventive care, a walk-in clinic and behavioral health services. It will have seven exam rooms, some primary care and others for walk-ins. Some rooms will be designated for mental health services. It will also give discounts for in-house services based on income.

Butler said depending on community needs the clinic might eventually expand.

“The sky’s the limit,” he said.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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