These three little words describe who we are and what we do. In fact, these words go all the way back to the very beginning and explain exactly why the Coeur d’Alene Tribe first opened a medical clinic in the community nearly three decades ago.
In the 1970s and 1980s, healthcare on the reservation was nothing to write home about. Tribal members could get healthcare services at a dilapidated Indian Health Services clinic. Some tribal members have memories of seeing snow blow under the poorly insulated doors at the small clinic as they sat in the waiting room. Many people can tell stories of waiting in the long, winding line on the days the doctor came to town.
If you needed anything more than basic care back then, the nearest hospitals were more than 30 minutes away on roads that were snowy and treacherous in the wintertime. Healthcare for non-Indians who lived on the rural reservation was equally as poor as the care available to tribal members.
By the late 1980s, tribal council had seen enough and decided to open their own healthcare clinic and they decided they would provide healthcare for everyone who needed it, Native and non-Native alike.
In 1990, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe opened the Benewah Medical Center. The clinic brought medical services into the community for the first time.
To this day, the clinic is open to anyone and everyone who needs it. The clinic, now known as Marimn Health, is a federally qualified community health center, which means that eligible patients can receive services on a sliding fee scale and no one is turned away.
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has always believed in caring for the entire community and here at Marimn Health, we continue that tradition by caring for the health of everyone who lives, works, and plays in our community.
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We are a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).