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More than a hospital

Gritman has a growing network of specialty centers and clinics

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This story appears in the 2019 fall/winter edition of Connections Magazine.

Gritman Medical Center is one of the top critical access hospitals in the nation and has served the Palouse for more than 120 years.

But Gritman is much more than a hospital. In addition to the great services we offer at our main campus, we have a growing network of specialty clinics — including internal medicine, pulmonology and psychiatric services — and rural clinics that have served more than 10,000 patients to date.

Our rural clinics, located in Kendrick, Potlatch and Troy, offer the same great primary and family-focused care that we do in Moscow. Our services include wellness checks; immunizations; same-day care for coughs, colds and minor injuries; physicals; and more.

At our clinics, we treat our patients like family.

“Each clinic is in a rural community, and they all want to take care of their home towns. Their providers and the staff are very tuned to their community,” Rural and Specialty Clinics Director Rachael Scharnhorst (pictured above at our Potlatch clinic) said. “They are truly involved and want it to be known that Gritman is in the community.”

Scharnhorst started her new role overseeing our rural and specialty clinics in July, but she has years of experience at Gritman in our Emergency Department and Operating Room. She is also uniquely in tune to rural life, having grown up in the Troy area.

“It hits home because these are the clinics I always used to go to growing up,” Scharnhorst said. “I want to help them grow and succeed. It is personal because family members do go there.”
In many rural areas, seeking health care can mean long drives, which can be discouraging to some. Our rural clinics make it easier to get the care you need.

“It gives people access into the health care system that they otherwise would not be able to take advantage of,” Gritman Chief Nursing Officer Bob Kendrick said. “We are the only providers in those communities and without us present they would have to travel greater distances.”

To schedule an appointment at Kendrick Family Care, call 208-289-3841.
To schedule an appointment at Potlatch Family Care, call 208-875-2380.
To schedule an appointment at Troy Clinic, call 208-835-5550.


Connections Winter 2019 Cover Page

Fall/Winter 2019 Connections

As a nonprofit community hospital, Gritman Medical Center publishes Connections magazine twice a year to keep you informed and up-to-date with everything that’s happening in our hospital and regional network of clinics.

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