Carson Valley Medical Center | Healthy Carson Valley | Winter 2020

Tips for safe winter play See page 3 WHEN YOU LIVE in a rural community, it’s a bonus any time you can avoid that long drive into town for an important service. “I grew up in Woodfords, I know,” says Hayes Wilson, PA-C, with a laugh. “It’s a pain to have to come into town if you’re not already planning to make that trip.” Wilson, who graduated from Douglas High School in 2005, is now the primary care provider for Carson Valley Medical Center’s Topaz Ranch Medical Clinic in Wellington. “Just considering where I grew up, that was really a draw to me— New pharmacy Central to Carson Valley Medical Center’s mission to care for the health and wellness of the community is the idea that what is best for the patient is best for CVMC. Federal regulations have raised the standards for the safety and security of hospital pharmacies. These standards include new protocols for safely handling and mixing chemotherapy drugs. That requires significant equipment upgrades to facilities working with these medicines. Themandated upgrades come at significant cost, and some healthcare facilities around the country and within the region have —Continued on page 2 Coming back home Douglas High grad is new provider at Topaz Ranch Medical Clinic ➜ New provider! Topaz Ranch Medical Clinic, located at 3919 Carter Drive in Wellington, is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Limited same-day appointments are available and Medicaid is accepted. Call 775-783-3096 for more information. being able to work at a small practice in a small community,” he says. “It’s evident how tight-knit and close the Topaz community is. Everybody knows everybody. I really enjoy that aspect, especially after having gone away to school in Southern California where nobody knows their neighbors. I really missed that community aspect.” Wilson says he’s looking forward to adding to the quality of life for residents of the community. “I see my role here as really being an extension of the CVMC family,” he says. “If we can solve day-to-day health maintenance close to home for the patients in Topaz and the surrounding areas, address their urgent needs and also remove the need to drive into town, that’s a great thing for the community. They’re able to get their healthcare needs addressed at a hyper-local level. Overall, my goal really is to educate and empower the patients here to be able to take control of their health.” Wilson returns to Carson Valley after a 15-year absence that —Continued on page 3 Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID WallaWalla, WA Permit No. 44 CARSON VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER 1107 U.S. Highway 395 N. Gardnerville, NV 89410 Winter 2020