County inks deal with People’s Health Clinic
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"It’s very exciting to see the progression from 10 years ago. This would have been the ideal goal 10 years ago to set up this kind of partnership if we had been able to think that big," People’s Health Clinic founder John Hanrahan said in a telephone interview about the formation of the clinic which serves people without health insurance.
The non-profit People’s Health Clinic is partnering with Intermountain Healthcare and Summit County to construct the new 25,000-square-foot building.
"They’re going to start working immediately," said Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer, who expects the construction begin within two weeks. "Work is underway as we speak."
The county is leasing the ground from IHC for at least 40 years for $1 per year, Richer said.
The building is adjacent to a hospital and the headquarters of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.
The Summit County Health Department will occupy about 60 percent of the new building, which could cost about $6.5 million.
"You have taken a major, major step in establishing a unique relationship," People’s Health Clinic spokesman Mike Andrews told the Summit County Commission at its weekly meeting Wednesday in Coalville. "Now it’s onward and upward as quickly as we can."
The arrangement is unusual, Hanrahan explained.
"It’s certainly a unique partnership to get a government entity partnering with this large hospital nonprofit and this small direct patient care nonprofit to provide better health care for people without insurance," Hanrahan said. "I’m just not familiar with that in many places."
According to Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott, "We always knew the right thing to do was cooperate."
"It’s not every day that we agree to spend $6 million to do a good thing," she said.
Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme said Summit County Health Department Director Steve Jenkins "is the one who really spearheaded this thing and got us involved."
The health department has outgrown its Sheldon Richins Building offices and the People’s Health Clinic moved recently from Iron Horse Drive to temporary quarters at 1251 Kearns Boulevard.
Services at the clinic include pediatrics and prenatal and general clinics for people without health insurance. Classes in prenatal health and diabetes care are also offered.
"We’re gong to see patients who otherwise would not get seen until they had a crisis and went to the emergency room," Hanrahan said. "We can take care of them and give them good care and that saves a lot of money for everybody."
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