In Davis and Weber Counties
There are many health care services in Davis and Weber counties for military, civilians and veterans, though for those who get their health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, congressional changes may alter their coverage and options. At present, open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act was from Nov. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2017, for coverage starting in 2017. You can find information about the Utah health insurance exchange for individuals and families online at www.healthcare.gov.
See the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCES
A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.
For a full list of community health centers in Utah, visit the Association for Utah Community Health website at www.auch.org.
The Utah Dental Association website, www.uda.org, is a useful place to start in finding a dentist with its roster lists. Select “For the Public” from the home page then select “Licensed Utah dentists” to find or verify a dentist, hygienist or dental assistant. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.
Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.
- Are the office hours convenient for your schedule?
- Is the dental office close to your home or office?
- How are dental emergencies handled?
- Does the office appear to be clean and well organized?
- Is the staff helpful and friendly?
- What are the financial policies and how is insurance handled?
A good relationship with your dentist is essential to good oral health care. So take your time and choose one that you and your family feel comfortable with.
The Oral Health Program of the Utah Department of Health can give you tips for oral health and low-cost dental care. Visit its website at www.health.utah.gov/oralhealth.
FINDING A LOCAL DOCTOR
The best rule for finding a health care provider in a new location is the sooner, the better. Before arriving at your new assignment, check the Utah Department of Health’s Primary Care Provider directory online at www.health.utah.gov/pcn/find.html. You can browse for a primary care provider by county. That should give you an idea of local medical practitioners as well as where you might need to go for specialized care.
Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options. Building trust with a health care provider takes time, so don’t wait until a family member is ill to find a doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider.
Keep in mind the following tips and questions as you look for a health care provider.
- Visit the American Medical Association’s website at www.ama-assn.org for patient health care resources.
- Ask health insurance plans and medical offices for information on their doctors’ training and experience.
- Has the doctor completed several years of training in a specialty and passed an exam? Check out the American Board of Medical Specialties at www.abms.org, call 866-275-2267 or write to the ABMS, 353 N. Clark St., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60654.
- Has anyone registered a complaint or taken disciplinary action against the doctor? To find out, check out the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing at https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html or call 866-275-3675.
Call the doctor’s office and ask for an appointment. Most doctors will take time to meet potential patients, but you should expect a nominal fee for the use of his or her time.
When you meet a doctor and the staff for the first time, consider the following: When scheduling the appointment, was the receptionist friendly, prompt and professional? Did he or she take time to answer your questions? Were you left on hold too long? Did the receptionist seem knowledgeable about the workings of the office? When you arrived, were you greeted promptly? Was the reception area clean and comfortable? Was the staff friendly and willing to answer your questions? Did you have to wait long in the exam room before the doctor arrived? Was the exam room orderly and clean, with a chair for a family member to sit in? When the doctor arrived and introduced himself or herself, was it with a smile? Did the doctor seem rushed or tired? Did you get a good first impression? Did you feel comfortable revealing personal information? During the consultation, did nurses or assistants pop in and out? Did the doctor leave the room during your conversation? Did the doctor seem caring, compassionate and sympathetic to your concerns? Did the doctor rush through the meeting? Did the doctor seem relaxed? Did you feel as though you were the only patient the doctor had to see that day?
Treat finding a doctor as seriously as looking for a new job or a new home. Depending on the length of time you will be in the area, this relationship is a long-term commitment, and you want to be comfortable with the person who will see you while you are most vulnerable.
Veterans in Weber and Davis counties are within Veterans Integrated Service Network 19 — the Rocky Mountain Network, with the nearest major service center in Salt Lake City, about 30 minutes from Hill Air Force Base. The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS) serves veterans’ needs through the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and outpatient sites located in the Intermountain region. The closest subsidiary outpatient clinic is in South Ogden. The VASLCHCS is affiliated with the University of Utah School of Medicine, and more than 500 University of Utah residents, interns and students are trained at the VASLCHCS each year.
George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
500 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84148
The George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a midsize affiliated tertiary care facility with 121 authorized active beds. It is a teaching facility, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry and geriatrics.
Ogden Community Based Outpatient Clinic
982 Chambers St.
South Ogden, UT 84403
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Western Salt Lake Community Based Outpatient Clinic
2750 S. 5600 W
West Valley City, UT 84120 801-417-5734
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Salt Lake Vet Center
22 W. Fireclay Ave.
Murray, UT 84104 801-266-1499
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every second Saturday
For assistance after hours and on weekends and holidays, call 877-927-8387.
Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs
550 Foothill Drive, Suite 105
Salt Lake City, UT 84113 800-894-9497
Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255
The Department of Veterans and Military Affairs improves the quality of life for Utah’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources. Veterans within the state can receive health care from a variety of facilities including a VA Medical Center, six Outpatient Clinics and three Vet Centers. Combat veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible for care in the VA health care system for five years from their date of discharge or release. The enrollment period begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active-duty service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date. Veterans, including activated Reservists and National Guard members, are eligible if they served on active duty in combat after Nov. 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
Because emergencies don’t announce themselves, it’s prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. In life-threatening situations, call 911 immediately and follow dispatcher instructions.
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84409
Ogden Regional Medical Center
5475 S. 500 E
Ogden, UT 84405
Public Health Care
Utah Department of Health
Cannon Health Building
288 N. 1460 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
The Utah Department of Health partners with the state’s 12 local health departments to detect and prevent outbreaks of infectious disease, promote healthy lifestyles and safe behaviors, protect citizens from man-made and natural disasters, and provide access to health care for Utah’s most vulnerable populations. Its website has information on health topics, services available and a listing by county of public health offices in the state. A listing of local offices follows.
2540 Washington Blvd., Suite 122
Ogden, UT 84401
Salt Lake City Clinic
168 N. 1950 W, Suite 201
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Weber-Morgan Health Department
477 23rd St.
Ogden, UT 84401
The Weber-Morgan County Health Department provides clinical nursing services, as well as handling birth and death records, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program, food service permits and more. Visit the department’s website for information on services including immunizations, travel vaccines, tobacco cessation programs, STD testing and more.
Davis County Health Department
22 S. State St.
Clearfield, UT 84015
The Davis County Health Department, the oldest local public health department in Utah, addresses a multitude of health concerns, from childhood or travel immunizations to food handler permits to birth certificates to general public health information. Visit the department’s website for information on services including smoking cessation, tuberculosis control, STD testing, volunteer opportunities and more.