YampaCare for Women OB-GYN practice opening at YVMC | SteamboatToday.com

YampaCare for Women OB-GYN practice opening at YVMC

— Three established OB-GYNs are forming a new practice at Yampa Valley Medical Center called YampaCare for Women.

Dr. Diane Petersen and Dr. David Schaller, of Steamboat Springs Women’s Clinic, and Dr. Mary Bowman, of Yampa Valley OB/GYN, approached YVMC with the idea for the new practice several months ago, according to Karen McRight, senior director of marketing and business development for YVMC.

McRight said the doctors were interested in a practice operated by YVMC because it would eliminate some of the costs of running private practices and allow physicians more time to focus on patient care.

The patient-centering move also allows YVMC to offer obstetrics and gynecological services it previously didn’t, streamlining service for patients who might otherwise need to visit an OB-GYN and the hospital separately.

“Care is often fragmented in any healthcare system because you have multiple different businesses,” McRight said. “What we’re trying to do here with the development of YampaCare is a patient-centering move.”

The new practice opens May 5. It will be temporarily located at the current Steamboat Springs Women’s Clinic in the medical office building adjacent to YVMC while the hospital renovates a space to house the new practice.

The hospital’s former Doak Walker Care Center is becoming the Outpatient Pavilion and will include YampaCare for Women and other outpatient services.

YVMC will announce its overall plan for the space soon, McRight said.

The three YampaCare for Women doctors will continue serving their previous patients, including those they visited in Craig and Granby.

“We are all about keeping care local; sometimes that’s not about Steamboat but about supporting those other communities,” McRight said.

The three doctors were not immediately available to comment on the new practice Tuesday.

McRight said the new practice makes caring for patients easier by enacting smoother scheduling and information flow and less duplication of services and paperwork.

“The experience that [patients] have should be improved because coordination will be improved,” McRight said. “Women are going to receive coordinated care that is of the highest quality.”

YampaCare for Women will provide health care at all stages of a woman’s life, including adolescence, mid-life and menopause. Services will include obstetrics and gynecology, hormone therapy, menopause care and pelvic health.

To make an appointment with any of the physicians, call 970-879-3738.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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