By Mikala Lindhardt
Cache Valley Community Health Clinic will be closing its doors next month to transition to new management under Midtown Community Health Center — a change that clinic leaders believe will allow for more treatment options and greater public access.
“Intermountain felt like transitioning to Midtown would allow patients to have more constant and consistent care with more hours and services available,” said Cathy Nielson, the Cache Valley Community Health Clinic coordinator.
The Cache Valley clinic is currently open Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Midtown Community Health Center will have longer hours of operation, Monday through Friday, to better accommodate patients.
These extended hours will “dramatically improve access to primary health care services for underserved populations,” said Lisa Nichols, the Midtown executive director.
Midtown will also have additional treatments available in order to serve a larger variety of needs.
“We will provide a broader range of services including treatment for acute and chronic illness, prevention care, prenatal care, behavioral health therapy and assistance enrolling in Medicaid and the Marketplace,” Nichols said.
During the 23 years the Cache Valley Community Health Clinic has been open to the public it has provided dental care, women’s services, dermatology services and routine health check-ups by volunteers in the community.
Midtown is a federally funded, non-profit health clinic and, officials said, it will continue to offer what has already been available and more.
“We will continue to support them and their efforts to provide free and reduced care to residents of Cache Valley,” said Jolene Clonts, the director of human resources at Logan Regional Hospital.
The last day of operation for the current clinic will be Dec. 10. This will allow time for Midtown to transition and be ready to open its doors Jan. 4.