Moab Regional Hospital recognizes rural health week
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The Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health has announced that Governor Gary Herbert will declare November 12 through 18 as Rural Health Week. The purpose of rural health week is to celebrate all of the activities being carried out around the state to improve the health of rural Utahns.

Moab Regional Hospital (MRH) is one of 11 critical access hospitals in the state of Utah. A critical access hospital is a designation by the federal government in order to reduce the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals and improve access to healthcare by keeping essential services in rural communities.

“MRH is proud to serve the members of Moab and Grand County by continually working to improve operations and open new service lines,” said Sarah Shea, the hospital’s director of community relations. “The mission of MRH is to put the patient first, deliver quality cost-effective healthcare and promote wellness to all who are served. In alignment with the mission and values of the hospital, MRH has projected that it will provide $4.7 million in uncompensated care in 2017, primarily to the residents of Grand County. Uncompensated care includes charity care, bad debt and uninsured patient discounts.”

MRH serves the growing community of Moab by delivering an average of 100 babies annually and also providing obstetric and primary care services with eight family practice providers. On Jan. 1, Moab Family Medicine merged with MRH to create better healthcare stability for local residents. Along with primary care services, MRH hosts a variety of visiting specialists. In 2017, MRH has added two podiatrists and a gynecologist to its growing list of visiting providers, and is also looking to add a urologist by the end of November. In addition, Shea said MRH is working on bringing in specialists for dermatology. General surgery and orthopedics are available full time at MRH for community members.

As a non-profit hospital, MRH uses a community health needs assessment to help drive growth and expansion to ensure that it is meeting the needs of the community. In 2017, MRH began its addiction medicine clinic in response to the community need for substance abuse services as highlighted in the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment carried out by The National Rural Health Resource Center. The clinic currently serves patients with opioid addiction or opioid dependency. A specialized team, including physicians with suboxone waivers, a medical assistant and a social worker staff the clinic. The addiction medicine team is looking forward to increasing its patient load and diversifying services in the next year.

On Sept. 1 MRH opened Moab Regional Urgent Care, which is an after-hour alternative to the emergency room for acute, non-life-threatening medical issues. “Urgent care has proven to be utilized even more than what was originally anticipated by both visitors to Moab and community members alike,” Shea said. “The urgent care clinic is a line of service that community members had been requesting for years, and MRH was thrilled to answer the need.”

For more information about MRH and its services, call Shea at 435-719-3683.

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