High-risk pregnancy care comes to southwestern Wyoming

2/15/2018

MFM clinic now offered monthly

 

ROCK SPRINGS – Officials from Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County announced an additional service now available as part of the existing partnership with Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Health. The new Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) clinic will extend the resources of the Maternal Fetal Diagnostics Center in Salt Lake City to high-risk pregnancy patients in Rock Springs and surrounding communities.

At the clinic, patients will have access to Dr. Erin Clark, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at U of U Health, who will provide in-person care to high-risk pregnancy patients at the MFM clinic once a month. This service allows patients to obtain expert care without the hassle and expense associated with traveling long distances.

“We know these women and their family members don’t want to travel while dealing with health issues like high-risk pregnancy,” said Gordon Crabtree, CEO of U of U Health.

 In the first day, the MFM clinic served seven women.

“In the past, many of the women who needed high-risk pregnancy care simply wouldn’t get it because it was too far away,” Clark said. “Now, with the MFM clinic, patients have access to specialty obstetric services in their own community. By providing this care, we’ll keep mothers and babies safer and ease the burden on patients and their families.”

MHSC officials are optimistic about the partnership and the services it brings to the community.

“The goal of the MFM clinic is to enhance the care we provide at our hospital to our high-risk pregnant population,” said Irene Richardson, Chief Executive Officer of MHSC. “This program will reduce travel cost, give greater access and allow for healthier pregnancies from beginning to end.”

Both organizations emphasize the agreement does not change ownership, local control and governance or restrict patient choice in providers.

MHSC is a non-profit, 99-bed, regional acute-care facility in southwestern Wyoming. The hospital has more than 500 employees, including more than 30 employed physicians providing care in more than two dozen specialty fields. MHSC offers care in ENT/otolaryngology, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, pulmonology, pediatrics, nephrology, obstetrics and women’s health, oncology, orthopedics and sports medicine, and urology. Services include cardiac rehabilitation, cardio and respiratory, diabetes education, dialysis, emergency care, intensive care, laboratory services, medical imaging, medical and surgical, nutrition therapy, rehabilitation and sleep disorder lab.

University of Utah Health is the Mountain West’s only academic health care system, providing leading-edge and compassionate care for the people of Utah and a referral area encompassing five states and more than 10 percent of the continental United States. The health system includes four hospitals and 12 community clinics with more than 1,400 physicians practicing in more than 200 medical specialties. U of U Health has been ranked in the top 10 academic medical centers in the country for eight years running, according in the rigorous Vizient Quality and Accountability study, and was ranked #1 in the nation in 2016. University of Utah Hospital is currently ranked No. 1 in the metro area rankings of U.S. News and World Report and is consistently ranked among the country’s best hospitals in U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list.

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