Ownership change touted as good for patients, staff

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FARMINGTON — Patients at San Juan Endoscopy may not have noticed the change as the previously doctor-owned clinic became part of San Juan Regional Medical Center this week.

"The only thing that's changing for us is our name," said Ginger Wells, a registered nurse and clinic manager at San Juan Endoscopy.

The name change is not major. Wells said it is just adding the word regional. The sign on the building was replaced this week to read San Juan Regional Endoscopy.

"Patient care is still going to stay the same," Wells said.

Wells said the new ownership has advantages for both patients and staff members. It means better access to health records for patients and referring physicians, and better benefits for employees, Wells said.

Wells said San Juan Regional Endoscopy is an outpatient endoscopy branch.

"We service the average patient without a lot of medical issues," she said.

The only other local endoscopy clinic is at the San Juan Regional Medical Center just up the street.

 

San Juan Regional Endoscopy offers upper endoscopy and colonoscopy services. The upper endoscopy looks at the lining of the esophagus, stomach and upper part of the small intestine, and can be used to investigate abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, weight loss and anemia, as well as other conditions, according to a press release from the medical center. Colonoscopies examine the large intestine.

“San Juan Regional Medical Center is committed to remaining on the forefront of medical care by utilizing the latest treatment options and a wide array of diagnostic care," Jeff Bourgeois, the San Juan Regional Medical Center president, said in a press release. "We promise to continue building on the outstanding health care services that patients across the Four Corners expect from us. This recent acquisition is another example of that commitment."

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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