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.