Meridian Healthcare Clinic Celebrates Successful First Year

Idaho State University Meridian Health Care, a nurse practitioner (NP) family practice health care clinic, provided care to residents of Meridian and the surrounding community for one year.

With an increasing number of patients in the first year, the clinic plans to increase clinic days to meet demand over the next year. This is consistent with the mission to improve access to health care and increase health care services for the people of Idaho, residents of Meridian, Boise, and rural residents of Treasure Valley.

The clinic opened in September 2021 and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on May 10, 2022. Millions of Americans choose a nurse practitioner as their primary care provider. NPs are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who are prepared at the master’s or doctoral level to provide care to patients of all ages and backgrounds. As clinicians who combine clinical expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of health issues with a focus on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a holistic perspective and personal touch to healthcare.

Michelle Anderson, Assistant Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Clinic, says, “Nurse practitioners provide a wide range of health care services, including the diagnosis and management of acute, chronic and complex health conditions, the promotion of health, disease prevention, health education and counseling for individuals, families, groups and communities. In today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape, the role of the NP has never been more important in acute and primary care.

“Where possible, ISU NP students participate in care so that they learn alongside their teachers. This hands-on approach provides better learning and improved health care for the populations they will eventually serve,” says Anderson.

The ISU Meridian Health Care Clinic offers: Wellness visits for everyone from newborn to older adult Women’s health, including cervical cancer screening Medical examination sports Health screening (skin, cancer, sexually transmitted diseases) Evaluation and removal of minor skin lesions, skin tags, moles and warts. Basic immunizations in conjunction with our ISU Clinics pharmacological vaccine program. Acute visits for illnesses such as ear pain, upper respiratory tract symptoms, abdominal pain, etc. Chronic care visits to treat health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, etc. Anderson adds, “ISU Meridian Health Care specializes in health care for the whole family. We were able to provide care for over 100 patient visits in our first year and look forward to providing increased access to patient care this second year.

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