Three little words that describe who we are and what we do. In fact, these three words go all the way back to the beginning and explain exactly why the Coeur d’Alene Tribe first opened a medical clinic in the community more than two decades ago.
You see, in the 1970s and 1980s, healthcare on the reservation was nothing to write home about. Tribal members could receive healthcare services at a dilapidated Indian Health Services clinic. Tribal members have memories of seeing snow blow under the poorly insulated doors at the small clinic and tell stories of waiting in 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.
By the late 1980s, tribal council had seen enough and decided to open their own healthcare clinic. Healthcare for non-Indians who lived on the rural reservation was equally as poor as the care available to tribal members, so tribal leaders decided to open the clinic and provide healthcare for everyone who needed it.
In 1990, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe opened the Benewah Medical Center.
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.