Beginning January 25, William Bee Ririe Rural Health Clinic will begin offering extended hours. “This will be a pilot program intended to increase access to care in the White Pine area. If the program is successful, we plan to continue it and may expand it to weekends,” stated Matthew Walker, CEO of WBRH/RHC. The expanded hours will run from 5pm to 7pm Monday through Friday. Patients will be seen on a walk in, first come first serve basis. Christine Stones, the Clinic Manager said, “We see this as a great opportunity for patients with acute issues to be seen in an affordable and expedited manner. These are patients that have medical issues that need to be rapidly seen, but don’t necessarily need to use the Emergency Room.” Because the pilot program is focused on providing urgent but not emergent care, physicals, wellness exams, preventative care, and follow-ups for continuous medical issues will need to be scheduled during regular clinic hours. During extended hours, patients will be registered at the Hospital Registration area where they can inform registration staff that they would like to be seen through the clinic’s extended hours. Matthew Walker says, “Our primary goal is to provide additional access to care. We’re hoping this service will provide the community with a place to go when they have a non-emergent issue that needs to be dealt with in a timely manner.” If you have any questions about the Clinic’s extended hours please call Keva Brandis, Public Relations Director, at (775) 289-3612 Ext. 346.
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