Snake River Community Clinic receives new equipment

LEWISTON, ID - A free clinic in Lewiston said they will be able to continue helping patients thanks to donations from two local organizations.

The Snake River Community Clinic (SRCC) provides care for underserved people in the Valley.

Employees from Valley Medical Center's Advisory Committee organized several fundraisers during the past several months, raising money to buy a new otoscope for the clinic.

"We opened over 14 years ago and all of our equipment, including the otoscopes , are pretty old and were dragging the very end of their lives out," said SRCC Director Charlotte Ash. "By having the proper equipment we're more able to give our patients appropriate care, so this donation is very important to us."

Kary Lockart from Valley Medical's Advisory Committee presented the otoscope today. Lockarts team raised more than $300 to buy the piece of equipment.

The Snake River Community Clinic also received another donation that will provide dental services for those who can't afford to see a dentist.

The Idaho Dental Foundation gave $2,500 to the clinic's dental safety program.

Greg Bengtson is a dentist in Lewiston and a board member for the association.

Greg Bengtson says, "the money will be used to purchase equipment and supplies necessary to see this patient population that wouldn't otherwise be likely to go without treatment."

The Idaho State Dental Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports programs like the Snake River Community Clinic that help people in need.