The Benewah Medical & Wellness Center (BM/WC) is an ambulatory health care facility located in Plummer, which is in Benewah County in the Panhandle of Idaho on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation. It opened in 1990, employs 170 staff and serves 6,000 native and non-native patients. BM/WC is designated as a ‘Community Health Center’ as it receives federal funding from the Bureau of Primary Health Care to provide services, based on the ability to pay, to the underserved and uninsured populations in the service area. Other operational funding sources include Indian Health Service, third party revenue and multiple grants/contracts. There have been four major BM/WC phases of development culminating with a new 50,000 s.f. facility that opened in October, 2012. The Wellness Center (Phase 3), a 43,000 s.f. facility opened in July, 1998. Core services in the Wellness Center include aquatics, full size gym, cardio/weights, racquetball, physical therapy and therapy pool, conference center and youth services.
BM/WC provides the following services and functions on-site: medical, pharmacy, lab, x-ray, dental, community health, counseling/treatment, contract health, human resources, quality improvement, grants, finance, facilities, health information, information technology and first impressions.
After several years of planning with numerous obstacles and challenges to create a new health care system, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the City of Plummer innovatively collaborated in a joint venture to address the long standing health care needs of all residents on or near the reservation. This collaboration between the Tribe and City is believed to be the first and may be the only joint venture in the U.S. between a Tribe and city municipality for the purpose of providing health care services for all residents. The Tribe and City collectively secured State and Federal funding which led to the construction of Phase 1, a 6,750 s.f. building that opened on June 4, 1990, which established the foundation for primary medical care.
The BM/WC organization is governed by a nine member Health Board with a charter and bylaws. Eight Board members are Coeur d’Alene Tribal members and one Board member is a representative from the City of Plummer. BM/WC has been accredited by AAAHC since 1997.
Mission: The mission of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Benewah Medical & Wellness Center (BMWC) is to provide primary care, holistic healing, preventive care, and wellness promotion to all members of the community as intended by the Creator.
Vision: The Coeur d’Alene Tribe Benewah Medical and Wellness Center respects the needs, values and beliefs of each individual with the goal of being recognized as a center of excellence, providing quality comprehensive and integrated health and wellness services in the region.