May 13, 2013

Goshutes open for-profit clinic

Utah Indian tribe breaks into the health care business

Health » Goshutes open tribal clinic in downtown Salt Lake City, the first outside a reservation in Utah.

By Kirsten Stewart
A group of doctors is working with the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute to open a family health clinic in downtown Salt Lake City.

Sacred Circle Health Care will be the first tribe-owned clinic located outside a reservation in Utah, say its founders. But that’s not all that sets it apart.

The clinic is designed to be a moneymaker for the tribe—with the profits used to improve tribal members’ access to health care no matter where they reside.

"Any money made by the Goshutes has to go to health care," said John Lopez, a retired dentist and the clinic’s manager. "I don’t know what their vision is, but I would love to see them have an upgraded clinic, get dental care and provide nutritional counseling for diabetes on the reservation."
Comment:  For more on Native healthcare, see Mental Health Services Needed and American Idol Funds Ho-Chunk Mobile Clinic.

Below:  "David Hadley, a dentist from Vernal, left, and John Lopez, a retired dentist, will work in a new clinic scheduled to open next week. Designed to make money for the Goshute Tribe, it is the first such clinic in Utah located off a reservation. It will be open to the general public, not just tribal members." (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I assume the usual used to combat typical Indian health issues (vaccines, endocrinologists) will be there.

Oh, on health care, Noah Nez wrote a good article about vaccines. These days, Indians are more likely to be immunized than whites!