Twin Falls-based Family Health Services will build a new 10,000-square-foot medical clinic where a long vacant former Minico Auto Parts still stands in downtown Rupert.
Family Health will relocate its 2,500-square-foot Rupert clinic, which since 2015 has occupied a lot in a mostly residential area, to a site across a canal from Minidoka Memorial Hospital. The new clinic will be half a block from the Rupert town square, said Patty Kleinkopf, community business development direct at Family Health.
The city of Rupert bought the Minico Auto Parts property and is leasing the property to Family Health, which started demolition the week of Dec. 11 and plans to start construction on the new building in February. Family Health is expected to open its clinic this coming summer, Kleinkopf said.
Laughlin Ricks Architecture of Twin Falls is the architect. Petersen Brothers Construction of Twin Falls is the general contractor.
Family Health has eight medical clinics, six dental clinics and four behavioral health clinics in the Magic Valley. Rupert was its seventh clinic and among its smallest, but the new clinic will be the third-largest behind Twin Falls and Burley, Kleinkopf said.
She said the new Rupert location will also be the site of Family Health’s seventh dental clinic, with three treatment rooms, and will serve as home to the third Family Health pharmacy, likely in 2019, she said.
The clinic is being built with a $1 million federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant and $350,000 from the city of Rupert that bought the property and will pay some construction costs, Kleinkopf said.
Family Health will only build out about 6,000 square feet of the interior and leave the other 4,000 square feet for later expansion, she said.
The clinic will be expanded from five exam rooms to six exam rooms, with another three or four exam rooms expected with a later expansion. The old and new location each have one procedure room.
“The new location will be a more efficient use of space,” Kleinkopf said.