Star Valley Medical Center

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Star Valley Medical Center
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Location 901 Adams St Afton, WY 83110 United States, Afton, Wyoming, United States
Coordinates 42°43′02″N 110°55′49″W / 42.71732°N 110.93041°W / 42.71732; -110.93041Coordinates: 42°43′02″N 110°55′49″W / 42.71732°N 110.93041°W / 42.71732; -110.93041
Care system Public
Hospital type Critical Access Hospital, Non-profit
Beds 22
Founded New facility dedicated in 2003
Lists Hospitals in Wyoming

Star Valley Medical Center (SVMC) is a not-for-profit 22-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Afton, Wyoming. SVMC's actual name is the North Lincoln County Hospital District. The hospital serves the residents of Lincoln County. For seven of the last eight years, SVMC has been named one of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the country. SVMC has been ranked in the top 20, two of those five years.[citation needed] In 2011 SVMC was named a top 100 Rural Hospital,[1][2] as well as a 5 star Medicare rated Care Center. SVCM is important to the community because the nearest places to receive care (Jackson, Wyoming and Idaho Falls, Idaho) are both over an hour from Star Valley. Star Valley Medical Center has transfer agreements with Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, and Logan Regional Hospital in Logan, Utah. Bren Lowe is the current CEO of SVMC.


Dr. Perkes worked at SVMC for over 55 years

Star Valley's Medical History began with the early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) who migrated to Star Valley from Salt Lake City. Star Valley's first medical treatment began from a kitchen. It expanded from that to Star Valley Hospital which was owned by Intermountain Healthcare (IHC). Since then the hospital has left IHC and is now known as Star Valley Medical Center. The first medical care in Star Valley happened around 1904. The medical care had several locations during the first few decades, the first of which being a kitchen. Dr. Perkes, whom the hospital's street is now named after, arrived in the 1950s to begin his medical work. In the late 90's, SVMC expanded its care to the surrounding areas of Alpine and Thayne while also adding a Long Term Care Facility. A brand new facility for SVMC was dedicated in 2003. Since then the expansion has continued and SVMC has added Physical Therapy, a Sleep Lab, a new ER, and expanded its OR. [3]

SVMC Facility[edit]

SVMC is home to many machines and services. SVMC has a lab that processes most of the lab work for the hospital and the outlying clinics. The Radiology department is home to an all-digital X-Ray machine, Ultrasound machine, Mammography machine, CT scanner, and MRI. Next to Radiology is an eight room Emergency Room, which includes three trauma rooms. The surgery department is composed of three surgical suites as well as two endoscopy suites. The Med/Surge floor has 22 beds including two Labor & Delivery rooms and two Tele-ICU rooms. The Care Center is connected to the hospital and has 24 rooms. The hospital also includes a pharmacy and specialty clinic. Close to the hospital is the outpatient Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy building, as well as the sleep lab.

Medical Technology[edit]

in 2016 SVMC installed a CT Scanner. SVMC is also home to a MRI via Hitachi. There are only 4 of these west of the Mississippi. This site in Star Valley is a show site and Hitachi will now will provide the unit on the latest software and latest upgrades. The machine weighs 12,000 pounds. The Echelon Oval MRI offers services to orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, and even chiropractors. SVMC also contains two tele-ICU rooms that are monitored by Intermountain Health. [4]

Services Offered[edit]

Star Valley Medical Center offers over 40 services including: Allergy, Anesthesiology, Care Center, Childbirth , Cardiology, CT Imaging, Dermatology, Diabetes Care, Ear, Nose & Throat, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Gifts of Joy Gift Shop, Gynecology, Hematology /Oncology, Infusion Therapy, Interventional Radiology, Laboratory, MRI, Maxillofacial Surgery, Medical Oncology, Nutritional Counseling, Obstetrics, Orthopaedics, Outpatient Surgery, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy /Occupational Therapy (Inpatient and Outpatient), Physician Supervised Weight Loss, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Psychiatry, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep Lab, Spine Surgery, Surgical Services, Swing Bed Extended Care, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Ultrasound Imaging, Women’s Services


Expansion on the ER/OR as of June

SVMC now has clinics in the towns of Afton, Thayne, Alpine, and Cokeville. [5]

Afton Clinic[edit]

The Afton Clinic is connected to the main hospital. It is home to five family practice physicians, two general surgeons, and one OB/GYN physician.

Thayne Clinic[edit]

SVMC Thayne Clinic is an outreach clinic of Star Valley Medical Center in Thayne, Wyoming and serves the residents and visitors of Star Valley Monday through Friday. Other services are available including obstetric and pediatric care, and treatment of minor injuries, lacerations, broken bones, colds, coughs, and burns.[6]

Alpine Clinic[edit]

SVMC Alpine Clinic is an outreach clinic of Star Valley Medical Center located in Alpine, Wyoming and serves the residents and visitors of Star Valley with quality healthcare services and minor emergencies.[7]

Cokeville Clinic[edit]

The Cokeville Clinic is part of the Cokeville Hospital District, and has a partnership with Star Valley Medical Center for administration and staffing needs. Services offered at this clinic include: comprehensive health care for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. [8]

Salt River Orthopaedics[edit]

The building located south of SVMC is Salt River Orthopaedics, founded in 2006. Specializing in sports medicine, knee reconstruction, total joint replacements, arthroscopic surgery, and fracture care/trauma, SRO offers surgeries of the shoulder, hip, knee, wrist, hands, elbow, and foot and ankle. SVMC employs three full-time Orthopedic Surgeons as of Summer, 2016. [9]

Care Center[edit]

The Star Valley Care Center was founded in 1997 and currently has 24 beds. The facility provides an on site lab and pharmacy, beauty salons, and in house worship services as well as numerous extracurricular activities. The Care Center includes 24-hour nursing, social, dietary and restorative services. Recreation Therapy and Medical Supervision are also included.[10]


While not a teaching hospital, SVMC offers various educational outreach programs to the community. SVMC offers a CNA course, community health wellness programs as well as health expos, and various fund raising projects (10k, Golf, Triathlons) to improve the hospital. SVMC hosts an annual "Scrub Camp" were youth of the local community are invited to come and tour the hospital for further education and career exploration within the medical field. SVMC is currently or is working to become a clinical sight for several universities including Weber State University and BYU-Idaho. [11]

Charitable Foundation[edit]

The Charitable Foundation was created to help serve the growing needs of both valley residents and those of the surrounding communities. They also help to promote the use of new medical tools that SVMC obtains. There are various fund raising projects during the year, such as 10K runs, golf, Triathlons, and fun runs. The Charitable Foundation goal is to provide the residents of Star Valley quality medical care. [12]