Saint Alphonsus opens clinic for COVID-19 patients on the Boise Bench

Posted at 10:26 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 10:32:26-04

BOISE, Idaho — Saint Alphonsus announced Wednesday that it has opened a new clinic for people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or might have the virus. Patients will be seen by a provider for any chronic complications from the virus in a safe setting.

The clinic is located off just off Federal Way on W. Judith Lane and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Patients who have received positive COVID-19 test results, are waiting for results of their tests or have recently been discharged from the hospital for COVID-19 can get non-emergent care at this clinic,” said Dr. Louis Roser, Clinic Medical Director. “We will be treating their COVID symptoms as well as any chronic conditions until their illness has resolved and they can continue getting care from their primary care provider.”

A news release from Saint Alphonsus says most patients who have COVID-19 recover at home and only a few become very sick and require hospitalization. The new clinic will provide care for people who have been discharged from the hospital or are having symptoms but are not sick enough to be admitted.

The clinic is staffed by primary care providers and physician assistants, with support from pulmonologists, infectious disease experts and cardiologists, according to the release.

“The clinic will provide comprehensive COVID-related care, as well as manage patients’ COVID symptoms and complications from the virus,” Roser added.

The clinic does not provide COVID-19 tests, those are available at drive-up sites at the Meridian Health Plaza and Garrity Clinic in Nampa. Patients at the clinic get referrals from their primary care provider or from an Emergency Room and are seen during scheduled appointments.

Patients will check-in by phone when they arrive at the clinic and enter through a separate door. There they are taken directly to their exam rooms as there is no waiting room in the facility. The clinic also utilizes telehealth technology to provide home care for COVID-19 patients, according to the release.