Patient-centered medical home at Southern Ute Health Center

There are some exciting changes happening at the Health Center! We are listening to your feedback and changing the way we provide care to better meet our patients’ needs with a focus on quality.

What is a Patient-Centered Medical Home?

A patient-centered medical home is a model of care that strengthens the patient-clinician relationship by replacing episodic care with coordinated care and a long-term healing relationship. Each patient that has been using the clinic for medical care has been assigned a Primary Care Provider who is part of a team along with nurses, pharmacy, medical records, behavioral health and another medical provider. You will be paneled to a team of healthcare professionals who will all be helping to take care of you. Find out which team you are on and get to know them.

We want to encourage patients to come to the clinic when they are not only sick, but on a regular basis so we can focus on chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer prevention. We would like to provide more complete care and prevention. Of course, if you are sick, we will assess you and get you in to see your provider based on the severity of the situation, but we want to encourage patients to be more active in their own health and schedule visits, show up on time and not rely on walking-in. This will be safer and better for you both now and in the long run. This will help us be more efficient and decrease wait times.

Each provider will have time to see patients who have scheduled ahead of time for chronic disease management and for acute “sick” visits. We encourage patients to call the clinic to be fit in a slot for a sick visit if needed so that wait time is decreased. If your provider is unavailable, you may be seen by another member of the team or schedule the next available appointment, depending upon the urgency of the situation. We may even be able to address your concern with expertise of our Registered Nurses, Clinical Pharmacists and referral specialists who can provide some types of care and keep your primary provider informed.

The teams at the SUHC are as follows:

Team A:

Diane Crea, FNP

Lee Williamson, RN

Marjorie Cristol, MD

Margo Yeager, RN

Ehrin Parker, DO

Lynn Schmiedel, RN

Team B:

Julianna Reece, MD

Loni Acevedo, RN

Marcy Patton-Meier, NP

Kaylan Gardner, RN


Other parts of each team include Pharmacists, Case Manager/Care Coordinator, Behavioral Health, Medical Records and Scheduling, Radiology, Lab, Diabetes Educators, Fitness Specialists, Public Health Nurses, Community Health Representatives (CHR), Contract Health and referrals.

They can help connect you to specialists and other parts of our healthcare system such as Dental, Optometry, Audiology, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Peaceful Spirit, Sun Ute, Social Services and other outside specialists.

The most important member of the team is YOU. You are an active part of the Team and the center of the whole healthcare experience. You know yourself best and we want you to work hand-in-hand with your team to ensure you are getting the care you need at the time you need it.


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