Intermountain Healthcare On-Site Work Clinic Introduces New Approach to Family Medicine
OREM, Utah – Intermountain Healthcare has a long history of working onsite clinics, and they are now introducing a new approach to family medicine with a focus on preventative care. A family in Utah Valley said they benefited from this intimate and intentional approach to medicine.
The Larsen family know how to have fun, but they always have safety in mind. “Biking, motorcycling, camping and boating,” Megan Larsen described. “And safety and health – has always been a number one priority for us. “
Megan and Ryan Larsen have two young children, which is one of the reasons they’re grateful that their family had access to an on-site primary care clinic at Ryan’s work, US Synthetic.
“They make diamond drills for oil rigs,” Megan Larsen said. The Intermountain Healthcare clinic serves approximately 500 employees and their families directly on their campus in partnership with Castell.
“We stop and say ‘hello’ to dad and have lunch with him after our exams,” Larsen said.
Five months ago, the US Synthetic Intermountain Healthcare site clinic is now the first in Utah to offer a redesigned primary care model, focused on prevention and maintaining human health.
Dr. Spencer Scoville practices full time in the clinic. He said this new approach to medicine has allowed him to think about who should receive preventive care and proactively contact patients to see how they are doing. It is based on a robust data platform that guarantees caregivers a constant follow-up of patients.
“Looking at the patient lists and seeing, you know, ‘Who hasn’t been seen? Are they taking their medication? Are they following as they should be? ‘ ”, Explained Scoville. He said this model helps identify chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure early on before they become a bigger problem.
“If you can treat a hypertensive patient before they have long-term hypertension, you will avoid things like heart attack, stroke,” Scoville explained. A long way if we catch it early, where later the profit is not so great.
Since the implementation of this new model, patient satisfaction scores have improved by 15% according to Intermountain and various quality measures for patient health are also up by 5 to 15%.
Scoville has seen Paityn and Titan Larsen since they were newborns. “We used them faithfully for our checkups, wellness exams, vaccinations,” Larsen explained. “We love Dr Scoville and it has been good for our family.”
He also helped the family on more serious occasions, such as when Ryan Larsen was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy. “His face had started to sag, so he started to lose feeling on one side of his face,” Larsen described.
Fortunately, Ryan Larsen received timely emergency treatment and has no lasting symptoms. Scoville also helped Ryan when he was injured on the job.
“He literally called after I had already had stitches and said, ‘Hey, I got a cut at work today, but they stitched me up. Everything is fine, ”Larsen recalls. “It is so nice and reassuring to know that they are there.”
“He’ll call you, or text us and make sure right after more important things happen that we’re fine,” Larsen said.
The clinic also offers ease of access for families. “We were always able to get in, to be honest, within hours,” Larsen said.
“They can slide around and be seen during a 15- or 30-minute break quite easily,” said Scoville.
Larsen said the best part of going to the American Synthetic Clinic is the connection they found with Scoville.
“[It] allowed us all to get to know him and him to know each other on a personal level, ”said Larsen.
“I’ve been here nine years, so it’s fun to watch the kids grow up,” he said. “They can come in and we can get to know them very well and hopefully take better care of them because we know them better. “
Intermountain said patients who use this new, prevention-based model of care are less likely to go to the emergency room, be admitted to hospital, or need outpatient imaging. It’s also easier on the wallet. On average, members save almost $ 20 per month.
“Preventive care is really where the greatest value of care is,” said Scoville. “If we can prevent an emergency room visit, that’s a big cost savings. “