In January 1986, Dirne Community Health Centers was incorporated as an Idaho 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Heritage Health, originally named “Dirne Community Health Clinic” was largely conceived through the pioneering efforts of one individual, Lidwina Dirne. Upon personally witnessing the devastating impact that inaccessibility to healthcare had on a single mother with disabilities who could not afford basic medical care for herself or her family, Lidwina mobilized a community-based effort to find solutions.
Coeur d'Alene remains the center of business and recreational activity in the Inland Northwest complete with festivals, fairs, concerts, unique bistros, and elegant restaurants, a thriving downtown, mall shopping, and much more. Its strong presence is found in state government and its increased economic development over the past several years is remarkable. Coeur d'Alene continues to grow and prosper in the new millennium.
The Coeur d'Alene area is surrounded by dozens of lakes left behind by the glaciers of the ice age. There are more than 55 lakes within easy driving distance of Coeur d'Alene, but none more scenic and full of activities than Lake Coeur d'Alene itself. There's something magical about Lake Coeur d'Alene that's hard to define, but it begins with the spectacular North Idaho sunsets and moonrises, the plunge of an osprey after a fish, the glowing lights of downtown Coeur d’Alene reflecting across its waters at night.