St. John’s Health acquires Emerg-A-Care

JACKSON, Wyo. — St. John’s Health today announced it has reached a deal to take over the operation of the Emerg-A-Care clinic on W. Broadway.

St. John’s Health and Jackson physician Brent Blue, MD, agreed this week that St. John’s Health will assume the lease and oversee clinic operations at 455 W. Broadway. Dr. Blue, who has run the clinic for many years as Emerg-A-Care of Jackson Hole, will be able to continue to see his patients at this location as an independent contracted provider. St. John’s expects to add additional providers to the clinic staff as it looks to expand its urgent care services to the community.

“Patients will benefit from added convenience and more choices for both in-person and virtual health visits,” said CEO Paul Beaupré, MD. “This location is ideally suited for locals and visitors in need of non-emergency care. In addition, this new location helps us accommodate the space needs of our growing medical group of physicians, which provides services ranging from primary care to ENT/Audiology, General Surgery, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Urology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Family Practice.”

The transition to operating the clinic as a part of St. John’s Health will take place gradually this fall. The integration of the new out clinic into St. John’s Health is part of the master plan.

“This is a process that takes time, and I don’t expect patients will see big changes in the near future,” Beaupré added.

St. John’s will launch on-demand care app 

Part of the new changes at St. John’s is the unveiling of the hospital’s On-Demand Care, expected to be introduced this fall.

“The growing willingness, and sometimes necessity, of patients to have virtual health visits is a trend that everyone expects to continue,” Beaupré said. “During this pandemic, we have seen how virtual visits have become vital to safe, high-quality patient care.”

On-Demand Care will be accessed through an app. Many common problems may be treated with On-Demand Care, including upper respiratory infections, common cold, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, allergies, rashes, pink eye, headaches, and more. They are available on-demand, 24/7/365, which makes this service very convenient after-hours, nights, weekends, and even on holidays.

“I expect that this service will be a very attractive option for travelers,” said Beaupré. “We hope to roll it out by early October.”

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