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CHCCW, UW Work to Facilitate Smooth Transition


June 24, 2011 — The Community Health Center of Central Wyoming (CHCCW) and the University of Wyoming Casper Family Medicine Residency Center (UWFMRC -- also known as Wyoming Family Practice) pledged today to work together to facilitate a smooth transition for patients in Central Wyoming.

After roughly a decade-long partnership, UW and CHCCW are in transition to operate separate clinics in Casper. CHCCW will now be located at 1020 S. Conwell St.  To make an appointment with CHCCW, patients may continue to call (307) 233-6000. UW faculty and residents will remain at 1522 East A St. To make an appointment with UW after June 30, patients should call (307) 234-6161.

"During this time of transition, the health care needs of our patients will be paramount to the staff of both UW and the CHCCW," said CHCCW Chief Executive Officer Dan Reiner. "As such, we will work together to ensure that we provide the necessary assistance to these families in order to prevent any disruption in patient care."

"While UW and CHCCW have differing operation models and interests for the future, we share the same priority, and that's to ensure patients in Casper continue to receive the quality health care they have come to expect," UW Provost Myron Allen said. "We'll put the patient first during this transition."

"The CHCCW will continue to provide quality, comprehensive, and affordable health care as we move forward as a separate organization," CHCCW Board Chair Doug Follick said. "Community Health Center providers and staff are dedicated to the continuity of patient care and the expansion of valuable healthcare services in the community. In response to the needs of our patients, we will introduce new services such as obstetrical care, occupational health, walk-in services, and pediatric care."

"The CHCCW not only will be expanding affordable health care services in Casper, but will be offering continuity of care for our patients who desire a long-term, patient-to-provider relationship," said Dr. Karl Radke, chief medical officer for the CHCCW.

Earlier this month, the UW Board of Trustees unanimously approved a budget exception request to the State Budget Office that will allow the university to establish and fill 32 clerical staff and health care support positions at the UWFMRC and will permit UW to collect and spend generated revenues to support some of the new positions and other clinic operations.

"The faces and relationships at the two entities will undoubtedly change. Our level of care for patients, dedication to educating medical residents and commitment to the state of Wyoming and the Casper community will not," UW President Tom Buchanan said. "The University of Wyoming remains committed not only to providing the best possible care but also to a strong positive and accredited educational program for our medical residents. Our trustees' recent approval of the exception request prepares us to accomplish both of these objectives."

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