MARBLETON – The Sublette County Hospital District reorganized schedules to offer expanded services to residents, including 12-hour urgent care at the Pinedale Clinic beginning July 5, said Dave Doorn, SCHD administrator, at the June 22 Board of Trustees meeting.
Urgent care will be available at the Pinedale Clinic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Hospital District's additional services are a response to multiple requests for improved access to health care in the SCHD community needs assessment survey carried out this spring, Doorn said.
"By adding an urgent care and expanded hours, we are able to better meet the needs of the community," he added in a press release.
Doorn said SCHD staff – from providers and nurses to the front desk – "really stepped up" to make urgent-care services possible.
"We couldn't expand services like this without the buy in from our staff," he wrote in the release. "We would like to thank them for going above and beyond and figuring out how to expand access to care in Sublette County."
SCHD board chairwoman Tonia Hoffman called the additional services a "phenomenal step in the right direction."
Hoffman emphasized the board's commitment to establishing 12-hour urgent care at the Marbleton-Big Piney Clinic, stating it was "definitely on our list of priorities."
Urgent care will be available for "non-life threatening acute needs," explained Kari DeWitt, SCHD public relations director. These include lacerations, minor fractures, fevers, animal bites, sprains or asthma, among others, she added.
The Pinedale and Marbleton-Big Piney clinics will remain open for routine care from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Routine care consists of preventative maintenance, prescription refills, physicals, laboratory work, radiology, CT scans and blood draws, DeWitt said.
"We do ask if you have a routine concern that you make a regular appointment and leave urgent care providers free to deal with truly urgent matters," DeWitt added.
Expanding health care at the clinic will make services more convenient for the community, DeWitt said.
"I am thrilled we are able to offer urgent care, especially for parents in our community who might have a sick child after hours," she added. "It will be such a time saver not to have to drive out of the county for care.
Patients may call 307-367-4133 or walk in to the Pinedale Clinic to schedule an urgent care appointment. Both clinics continue to offer 24/7 emergency room services by dialing 911 or 307-367-4133 to connect with the ER provider on call.
Budget resolution passes
SCHD trustees unanimously passed the annual budget resolution for the 2022-2023 fiscal year on June 22.
Projected revenue for the upcoming year was "not as high as expected," said trustee Dave Bell, a member of the finance committee. As a result, he and trustee Kenda Tanner, Doorn and administrative staff examined each line item, modifying the budget to reflect the district's conservative estimates in revenue, Bell explained.
The budget presented to the board on June 22 was approximately $750,000 in the black, Bell said.
Trustees thanked Michelle Stauthamer, accounting manager, for all the work she put into the budget.