Community clinic for all

Northland Community Health Center, located in the Arrowhead Shopping Center, opened Feb. 12. There is still some construction work taking place at the clinic, but they are officially open and ready to take care of people in the area.

The clinic is a federally funded health center serving anyone in need of a medical home regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. They are governed by a board of directors comprised of six individuals from the six communities served by the clinic, Bowbells, McClusky, Minot, Rolette, Rolla and Turtle Lake.

The clinic is open Monday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The health care provider serving the Minot clinic is Chris Whited, physician assistant. Patients needing admittance to the hospital would be admitted to Trinity Hospital.

Services offered by Northland Community Health Center are numerous and include care of acute and chronic health problems; same day appointments; walk-in appointments; preventive and wellness care for all ages; dental care; sick visits for adults and children; referrals for specialty care; health education; mental health and substance abuse screening; immunizations for all ages; women’s health; men’s health; physical exams for jobs and sports; laboratory services; X-ray services; well child care; EKG’s; workman’s compensation; minor surgical services and discounted pharmacy services. The clinic also offers access to a sliding fee scale and enrollment assistance for Marketplace Insurance or Medicaid.

Patrick Butler, chief executive officer of Northland Community Health Center, said they wanted to open a clinic in Minot because of the need and the opportunity presented itself with funding. They looked at expanding in either northern or western North Dakota, he added, and were in the expansion phase. “When the New Access Point Grant funding came, we decided (Minot) would be the best location,” Butler said. “Minot seems to be on the fringe of the oil boom and we thought this would be a good place to start.”

There will be a grand opening for Northland Community Health Center in Minot on March 12. Butler said they found out about the New Access Point grant at the beginning of November 2013 and had 120 days to open the new clinic in Minot. Nadine Boe, chief operating officer for Northland Community Health Clinic, said the site in Bowbells opened in January with the same New Access Point grant.

“We can treat people quick like a walk-in clinic, but we can treat you with much more depth,” Butler said. “We treat you for the day, but we’ll take care of you for life.”

The staff at Northland Community Health Center in Minot is all local, Boe noted.

“And they’re very excited to start with the new clinic and serve the Minot population,” Butler added.

There is also currently a Women’s Wellness screening event taking place through Feb. 28 where women can get screened for diabetes or heart disease for $25. Northland Community Health Center will also hold a screening event for men at a later time.

People interested in scheduling an appointment or who have questions can call Northland Community Health Center at 852-4600.