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01/23/2024: Health District Welcomes Additional Primary Care Provider

Panhandle Health District (PHD) welcomes Alex Flerchinger, primary care provider, who will be seeing patients in their Hayden, Kellogg, and St. Maries locations. Alex has been a nurse for 30 years and a Family Nurse Practitioner for 22 years.

“I was lucky enough to be my grandmother’s patient when I delivered my first baby, which triggered my interest to become a nurse,” said Flerchinger. “I first worked in a small community hospital, learning essential nursing skills in all departments. I most enjoyed labor and delivery while working with the entire family.” 

From that experience, Alex became very interested in educating clients on how to better prevent and manage chronic conditions. This led her to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner, graduating from Gonzaga University. 

“I enjoy getting to know the clients I serve so that I can learn what their unique needs are and work with them to reach their best health,” said Flerchinger.

The District’s healthcare providers offer a variety of non-emergency medical services, whether you have insurance or not. PHD has locations in Hayden, Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, St. Maries, and Kellogg. Flerchinger joins a team of experienced nurse practitioners, a medical doctor and support staff eager to care for community members.

“A big part of public health care is prevention, client counseling, and education for individualized care,” said Jenna Dowell, PHD Clinical Services Division Administrator. “Education goes a long way in helping people take care of themselves. Our staff take their time with each client to ensure they feel empowered to make their own informed healthcare decisions.”

Panhandle Health District is currently accepting new patients and accepts all major insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, as well as those without insurance.

Alex has three grown children, three dogs and a cat at home. Alex and her husband enjoy home improvement projects and playing in the beautiful outdoors, including skiing, hiking bicycling, kayaking, boating, and gardening as well as spending time with family.

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Panhandle Health District provides over 40 different public health programs to families, individuals and organizations in northern Idaho. From food and drinking water safety to health education and disease control, public health services are critical to ensure our community is a safe and healthy place to live, work and play.

The PHD team is made up of nurses, nutritionists, environmental health specialists, health educators and many other dedicated professionals with a common goal to deliver vital public health services.

Panhandle Health District is one of seven health districts in the state of Idaho.