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Rosie Reilly Dedicates New Clinic Bearing Legendary Husband's Name: 'I Thought I Had Married Don Quixote'

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GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
It was 1971 when Terry and Rosie Reilly arranged for a neighborhood physician to offer free medical services for migrant farmworkers' children in the Reilly's Nampa home. Forty-four years later, Rosie stood outside the new 30,600-square-foot medical and mental health facility bearing the name of her late husband.

"This is a far cry from the first clinic in the back of our house, where urine samples were kept in the refrigerator," said Rosie Reilly, all smiles at the June 15 official dedication of the facility, which is expected to serve nearly 10,000 individuals each year. 

Winter's first wind had blown in to the Treasure Valley in November 2014 when Boise Weekly walked through the then-still-under-construction facility with Terry Reilly Health Service Executive Director Heidi Traylor. Seven months later, with temperatures in the 90s, Traylor stood alongside Reilly to welcome the public to a rare open house at the facility, which offers what they call comprehensive, quality-driven and affordable health care in the city of Nampa.

Rosie Reilly looks on as two of her grandchildren unveil the dedication plaque of the new Terry Reilly Health Service Clinic on Nampa's First Street. - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Rosie Reilly looks on as two of her grandchildren unveil the dedication plaque of the new Terry Reilly Health Service Clinic on Nampa's First Street.
"I came to this organization in 1992 and had the great fortune of growing up with Terry Reilly Health Service," said Traylor. "They took a chance on me when I was a grad student. And I don't think it's every day that you can find a place that you can call home."

The afternoon dedication was full of emotion.

"Every day I ask, 'Am I doing what they wanted when they started this journey so many years ago?'" said Traylor.

"They" is Terry and Rosie Reilly and the scores of caregivers who have grown Terry Reilly Health Service into a model of community based care.

"I thought I had married Don Quixote. But you know? It all worked out," said Rosie, remembering her husband, who was killed in an Eastern Idaho plane crash in 1986 while campaigning to become Idaho lieutenant governor.

Two of Rosie Reilly's grandchildren helped reveal a dedication plaque before dozens of guests began streaming through the building to take a tour of the facilities. The first stop on the tour: A large black-and-white snapshot of Terry and Rosie Reilly on the steps of their house/clinic that would ultimately change health care in Idaho forever.

A snapshot of Rosie and Terry Reilly taken in the early days of their house/clinic in Nampa. - COURTESY TERRY REILLY HEALTH SERVICE
  • Courtesy Terry Reilly Health Service
  • A snapshot of Rosie and Terry Reilly taken in the early days of their house/clinic in Nampa.

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