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New UW Health Clinic Opening April 5 in Laramie

March 28, 2017
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Dr. Katy Hartman examines “patient” Mykel Owens, a University of Wyoming double major in communications and psychology, from Newcastle, in an exam room of the new Albany Community Health Clinic in Laramie. (UW Photo)

A health clinic operated by the University of Wyoming that will offer comprehensive patient care services to the Laramie community will open early next month.

Late last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a grant to the UW Health Sciences’ Educational Health Center of Wyoming (EHCW) to open the new Albany Community Health Clinic in Laramie. The new EHCW health center will focus on the delivery of comprehensive patient care services.

The clinic, located at 920 E. Sheridan St., Suite A, will open Wednesday, April 5. Clinic hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. each Tuesday.

The funding, in the form of a New Access Point (NAP) grant, will allow the EHCW to open the only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Laramie. The new EHCW clinic will provide comprehensive health care services to Albany County residents, regardless of ability to pay. The EHCW is among 75 NAP award recipients in the nation.

“This clinic is to serve all -- uninsured as well as insured -- and will be a primary health care clinic,” says Richelle Keinath, the clinic’s manager.

The clinic will be staffed by UW employees, which includes medical Director Dr. Katy Hartman; Keinath; a nurse practitioner; and front office help.

During the grant’s three-year project period, the EHCW will receive more than $2.1 million to cover operational expenses such as provider salaries, medical equipment and supplies, and the cost of ancillary staff at the new clinic. The EHCW will receive $812,500 in the first year; in the second and third years, it will receive up to $650,000 per year.

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UW’s new Albany Community Health Clinic will be operated by medical Director Dr. Katy Hartman and Richelle Keinath, the clinic’s manager. The health center will focus on the delivery of comprehensive patient care services. (UW Photo)

In addition to direct federal funding, the FQHC designation will provide enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

Keinath says the clinic will operate on a sliding fee scale for those between 100 and 200 percent of poverty, and a proof of income component will be included.

“We will see clients from children to the older population, and are very excited about how this clinic can supplement the health care that exists already in our community,” she adds.

The new clinic will join two other EHCW health centers in Cheyenne and Casper. The UW Family Medicine Residency Programs serve as the largest safety net in the state and deliver full-spectrum family medicine to more than 12,000 people each year.

For more information about who qualifies for assistance or what the eligibility structure looks like, email Keinath at rkeinath@uwyo.edu.


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