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U of U & Other Partners

University of Utah Health & Huntsman Cancer Institute

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County teamed up with University of Utah Health in 2012, and later with U of U Health’s Huntsman Cancer Institute. These affiliations increase our patients’ access to specialty care in Sweetwater County and the surrounding communities.

This partnership allows our physicians to consult specialists at a top-ranked medical center about conditions, treatments or referring patients to specialty care. Our relationship also gives patients access to expertise and knowledge, and helps our patients avoid traveling long distances to receive high-quality care. Our combined efforts focus on improving community health, controlling costs and relying on evidence-based medicine to improve quality.

MHSC currently contracts with U of U Health to provide Emergency Department doctors. U of U Health also offers clinics at MHSC with cardiology, dermatology and maternal-fetal medicine specialists.

Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center, is a proud affiliate partner of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. MHSC’s state-of-the-art facility offers a range of services and specialists including radiation oncology and hematology/medical oncology.

Shriners Hospitals for Children

MHSC proudly hosts the telehealth program for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City. The program allows patients a way to access the Shriners medical team without traveling to Salt Lake City, through the use of technology. A telehealth mobile cart connects physicians at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City with partnering medical facilities. Primary telehealth goals are to increase patient access and decrease travel time, cost, and missed school and work.

Western Wyoming Community College

MHSC and Western Wyoming Community College enjoy an academic-clinical practice partnership. The two organizations work together to educate and train associate degree nursing students, emergency medical technician and paramedic students, and phlebotomy students. The organizations also work jointly to promote community wide health and wellness through events and education.

University of Wyoming

MHSC and the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing enjoy an academic-clinical practice partnership. MHSC and the University of Wyoming work collaboratively to educate and train nursing students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The two organizations also work jointly in health matters that affect residents of Wyoming at the state level.

WWAMI Regional Medical Education Program

University of Washington School of Medicine’s WWAMI Regional Medical Education Program is a partnership in the western United States between the state of Washington, the University of Washington and the states of Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, hence the acronym “WWAMI.”

The program has five stated goals:

  1. Provide publicly supported medical education
  2. Increase the number of primary care physicians and correct the maldistribution of physicians
  3. Provide community-based medical education
  4. Expand graduate medical education and continuing medical education
  5. Provide all of these in a cost-effective manner

The program model uses existing state universities in the five states for the first 18 months of medical school – the Foundations Phase – the equivalent of years one and two. For the third and fourth years of clinical education, sites across the five states are used. There are over 3,000 individual physicians affiliated with WWAMI that are available for the required and elective clerkships.

The program provides in-state tuition rates for all parts of the program, dramatically reducing educational costs. Each state subsidizes tuition for their students. With only a limited number of spots available, admission is competitive.

Other academic institutions

MHSC partners with a number of other colleges and universities throughout the region whenever possible to educate and train students in a variety of healthcare disciplines.