Nov 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm
valley community health centers is moving ahead with plans to open a community health center in downtown grand forks. v-c-h-c already operates the dental clinic in the old deaconess hospital building. The grand forks clinic site will be located in renovated space above the dental site on south fourth street. Valley c-e-o Sharon Erickson says they were hoping to open the clinic with eleven exam rooms but the failure to secure a federal grant will downsize the project to just four rooms – for now. Erickson says they still expect to serve some 21-hundred patients in the first year of operation.
v-c-h-c operates clinics in northwood and Larimore. Erickson says securing the necessary funds to help serve vulnerable populations will be on on-going effort.
Some of the partners in the project include altru health…grand forks public health…county social services and sanford health. If all goes well the clinic expects to be up and running by april.