Medical Center finds partner

South Routt facility talks to Yampa Valley Medical Associates

South Routt Medical Center is working on a partnership with Yampa Valley Medical Associates to provide services two days a week at the clinic.

"We're very excited that they've decided they would help," said Linda Long, president of the South Routt Medical Center Board.

Long said details need to be worked out concerning what services will be provided when but that a lot of work is being done to keep the South Routt clinic going.

Erik Sharp, Yampa Valley Medical Associates practice administrator, said the group plans to send physician's assistant Frankie Hannah, who has worked in Oak Creek before, to the South Routt center twice a week.

The group is working with the South Routt board and Steamboat Medical Group to figure out the "best way to proceed."

"Our group is committed to providing services to areas like (South Routt County)," Sharp said.

In late April, Steamboat Medical Group announced it was in the process of reorganizing and probably would have to pull out of its partnership with the South Routt Medical Center, through which it billed customers and provided a doctor once a week and a physician's assistant twice a week to the center. South Routt Medical Center will be closed today and Friday as a result of that reorganization.

The role that Steamboat Medical Group will have in the center's future is not clear. Steamboat Medical Group Administrator Judith Lehel said she was not aware any final decisions had been made.

Discussions on the South Routt Medical Center's long-term financial viability also are likely in the future. Long said the center's board needed to have further discussions but is always working on securing funding to support the center.

The South Routt Medical Center will stay open Mondays and Wednesdays for physical therapy provided by Tom Collins with SportsMed.

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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