More urgent care centers coming to the Treasure Valley

Posted at 5:53 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 20:00:37-05

TREASURE VALLEY — Tommy Ahlquist of Ball Venture Ahlquist and Saltzer Health announced four new urgent care locations in the Treasure Valley.

"Even though there are a lot of urgent cares that do a great job, we need more access points so that patients can get in when they need to get in and get the care they need early on instead of late," said Ahlquist.

They've started construction on Idaho's first 24-hour clinic, which includes ambulatory surgery centers, physician clinics, rehabilitation, physical therapy, skilled nursing, imaging, lab, and a pharmacy. Construction is expected to be completed in late fall 2020.

Ahlquist also announced True Care, which is an app that gives patients and their families the ability to find doctors and the cost of their visits more easily.

"This exciting technology will disrupt how patients experience healthcare," said Mike Boren, a True Care founder and a founder of Boise-based Clearwater Analytics. "True Care will demystify the confusion of today's system and deliver information in a more understandable, meaningful way that is personalized to each patient.

Primary Health Medical Group CEO David Peterman says they've been offering urgent care since 2004. Peterman says there's a demand. They have 18 clinics and see close to a half-million visits per year.

"We are building another clinic in Boise and have two other locations identified, one in Kuna and one in South Boise. That's based on patients very much appreciating and wanting the services we offer," said Peterman.