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Gunnison Valley Hospital Affiliate in Manti Has Seen Success Since Opening in May

manticlinicnewsletterCall it a “labor of need” for Laurie Miller. Residents of Manti and surrounding areas were in need of convenient family medical services, and she responded.

She opened the Main Street Clinic in Manti this past May with support from Gunnison Valley Hospital.

And, she said, “It has been very well received, especially by residents of Manti. It’s something that was very much needed.”

Miller’s clinic is able to handle most any medical issue.

“We provide care for everyone from kids to senior adults, and we treat everything from lacerations to wellness issues to immunizations,” Miller said.

“We leave surgeries and delivering babies to the staff at the Gunnison Valley Hospital. Outside of that, we do offer a lot.”

The Main Street Clinic is and affiliate of Gunnison Valley Hospital and receives support from the hospital in the clinic’s service of providing a convenient, traditional family practice to residents in the Sanpete County area.

Miller had been a registered nurse in Manti for more than 30 years. After her children were raised she decided to expand her education. She enrolled in Georgetown University master’s program to become a nurse practitioner. The new degree prepared her to fulfill the role of a dedicated practitioner able to provide care and cures for families in a primary care setting.

Because of the robust training nurse practitioners receive, Utah’s law does not require a doctor to oversee a nurse practitioner, allowing Laurie to open the clinic as the head healthcare operative.

“My daughter operated a flower shop in Manti. After she had a baby, she was no longer able to operate the business. We owned the building, so it made sense to use it,” Miller remembers.

“We started from the ground up with the clinic. It’s very modern, and we have all the medical equipment we need to treat patients. It also helps that I’ve lived in the community for so long. People have come to know and trust me.”

Within the clinic’s 1,400 square feet, there are three examination rooms, a lab, a nurses’ station and a waiting room.

The clinic also provides tests such as rapid strep, pregnancy and urine analysis. The tests are sent to other labs for processing, which saves the patients the time and energy of driving to a lab themselves.

“Having lab testing available has proven to be very important to the healthcare of our patients,” she adds.

The clinic also focuses on women’s health and preventative medicine, physical examinations, pain and wellness issues, annual checkups and in managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Additionally, the clinic gives immunization shots, which has proven very valuable to area patients, from the very young to senior citizens.

The clinic’s staff includes nurses Sarah Simmons, Jennifer Bredsguard and Caitlin Miller; office manager Jeri Lyon; assistants Tia Miller and Chelsey Christensen; and accountant Shauna Nordgren.

Manti’s Main Street Clinic is located at 46 North Main Street and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday; closed Tuesday; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 435-835-6000