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West Plains Clinic opens for minor care services

THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

Vaccinations, physicals among medical care available now in Airway Heights

Minor medical services are now available in Airway Heights with the recent opening of the West Plains Clinic.

Flu shots, drug testing, vaccinations and physicals, among other minor care services, are offered by the privately-owned clinic.

“It’s so exciting. I’m pinching myself – I feel like this is a big responsibility and a big opportunity,” said owner Lorie Klahn.

Located at 12611 W. Sunset Highway, the small office building could potentially see up to 25 to 30 people a day. There are no doctors on staff, only nurse practitioners. The clinic will be accepting most major insurances.

Inside the clinic, things are looking pretty cozy, Klahn said. She already has some suitable decorations up; quilts, made by her mother.

“It’s pretty much the opposite of intimidating. We want this to be a comfortable place for people to come,” she said.

A survey taken near Airway Heights a few years ago showed citizens saw medical care as a high priority for their region.

The clinic will be available to the roughly 31,000 people living in the vicinity: Airway Heights, Medical Lake, west Spokane and Reardan. Up to 41,000 people flood into the area during work days.

Cheney and Medical Lake both have their own medical clinics.

“This could fill the needs of this community for minor medical care,” Klahn said.

West Plains Clinic won’t offer primary care and won’t see major injuries or major emergencies, Klahn said.

Major issues like birth, broken bones or heart attacks can’t be treated at the clinic.

Klahn decided to open this clinic after the previous clinic she worked at folded last April. Klan purchased all the clinic’s supplies and hauled them out to Airway Heights.

“We’re really thrilled to come in and try to be part of the solution there. There are so many stressors on people regarding their medical coverage and access to medical care,” she said.

Contact correspondent Jeslyn Lemke by e-mail at jlemke12@yahoo.com.


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