Kaniksu Health building new facility in Sandpoint

by RACHEL SUN
Staff Writer | January 5, 2021 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — A new Kaniksu Health Services clinic is set to consolidate services at three of its five current locations into one 26,200-square-foot building.

The Victoria McClellan King memorial clinic, which is set to open in the fall of 2021, will be located on a 2.66-acre site east of Super 1 Foods in Sandpoint.

The clinic will offer family practice, pediatric, dental, behavioral health and VA services in one location, according to a press release.

The new location’s close proximity Bonner General Health was chosen in part for pediatric support available from the hospital, according to the release.

Currently, the Ponderay, Sandpoint Pediatric and VA clinics are all operating with limited space and parking, according to the release. The combined clinic with integrated services will be accessible to patients by foot, car, bike, SPOT bus or most other forms of transportation.

“Having all of our health care services together in this way creates ease of access for our patients and efficient service deliveries for our clinical teams,” said Kaniksu Health CEO Kevin Knepper.

The project was funded by Joe Williams at Columbia Bank in conjuncton with area specialists from the United States Department of Agriculture using their USDA’s funding arm for rural projects with a low interest rate, according to the release.

The consolidation into one clinic will help save money for patient care by reducing the total mortgage payments for the facilities from three to one with a lower interest rate, according to the release.

The clinic is being named after the former Kaniksu Health CEO, Victoria McClellan King.

“[Her] leadership was foundational in the health center’s evolution,” Knepper said.