Alluvion hosting open house at downtown site; continuing plans for Rocky Mountain Building
Alluvion Health is hosting an open house at their 601 1st Ave. N. site this afternoon.
The site will serve as their main clinic site while the Rocky Mountain Building is being renovated.
Alluvion was previously the Community Health Care Clinic and operated as a Cascade County department. Last year, Alluvion notified the county of its intention to split and as of Jan. 1, has been operating as a stand alone agency.
In February, Alluvion closed on the purchase of the Rocky Mountain Building at the corner of Central Avenue and 6th Street. The building had been vacant since a 2009 fire.
Brian Clifton, facilities manager for Alluvion, said they’re working on their financial package and are hoping to start construction on the Rocky Mountain Building in spring 2020. Construction will take 18-24 months, Clifton said.
Nelson Architects is providing architectural services for the project.
Alluvion staff have been moving into the 601 1st Ave. location for the last several months and the site offers:
- same-day appointments
- walk-in care
- on-site laboratory
- convenient downtown location
- behavioral health group therapy
In the near future, other services will be added including:
- onsite pharmacy with financial assistance for qualifying patients
The open house runs from 4-7 p.m. April 29 and is open to the public.
“Alluvion Health is committed to providing quality and caring health care to our community,” Deb Kottel, chair for the Health Center board, said in a release. “Our care is about the whole person and we know that individuals, families and communities are stronger when their members are as healthy as they can be.”
Alluvion is federally funded and the target demographic is those at 200 percent of the poverty level or below. Trista Besich, Alluvion CEO, said last fall that there are 32,000 people in Cascade County in that category.
The federal poverty level for 2018, according to healthcare.gov, was $12,140 for an individual and 200 percent of the poverty level is $24,280.
Alluvion is a non-profit with a governing board.
CCHD opened what was previously called the Community Health Care Center in 1994 to support increased access to care for the uninsured, underinsured and underserved patients. In 2012, the CHCC started operating as a separate department within the county with a long-term goal of becoming an independent agency, according to CHCC.
Alluvion offers medical, dental and behavior health services. They’ve also partnered with Gateway to provide addiction services.
They’ve also added school based clinics, which are now open to the public for medical services. They also offer behavioral services for students.
The clinics are located at Paris Gibson Education Center, Great Falls High, Giant Springs Elementary and Belt.
Almost all public and private insurances are accepted, and Alluvion Health offers a sliding fee scale based on family size and income.