The Kinder Family Clinic, located at 595 Russell St. in Craig, is expanding its team with the addition of Lauri Morgan, FNP. The clinic has also opened a new location, Kinder Family at Baggs, providing the first healthcare facility there since last March.

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The Kinder Family Clinic, located at 595 Russell St. in Craig, is expanding its team with the addition of Lauri Morgan, FNP. The clinic has also opened a new location, Kinder Family at Baggs, providing the first healthcare facility there since last March.

Craig-based Kinder Family Clinic expands practice

— The Kinder Family Clinic is growing, adding a new nurse practitioner to its staff and extending services to Baggs, Wyo., which has been without a health care provider since the Noyes Health Care Center closed in March 2012.

Family nurse practitioner Lauri Morgan will begin seeing patients Monday. Coming to Craig from Evanston, Wyo., Morgan brings with her 20 years of experience working at the Evanston Regional Hospital.

“I think if you’ve worked in an ER for that long, you can pretty much handle anything,” Dr. Pamela Kinder said. “She had fantastic recommendations, and everyone seemed to love working with her.”

Kinder has been searching for an additional health care provider for several years but was stymied by the lack of people willing to move to a rural area for work.

“Lauri loves Craig,” Kinder said. “She’s from a small town in Wyoming and wanted to stay in a smaller town.”

Morgan earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in May and also is certified for family geriatrics and pediatrics.

“We’re just really excited to be growing while everyone else is retracting,” said Kinder, who has owned her own practice since 1995 and moved into the Russell Street location May 1, 2000.

Morgan’s addition has allowed the Kinder Family clinic to expand its services north, and Jona Ely, DNP, will begin seeing patients at Kinder Family at Baggs, formerly the Noyes Health Care Center, on Monday.

“Jona is from the Baggs area, and she wanted to be more involved there,” Kinder said. “She’s really proud to provide health care there.”

Since the Noyes Health Care Center closed, patients needing exams, procedures or prescription refills have had to drive to Craig to get them.

“I’ve always had a love of rural medicine,” Ely said. “I grew up there, and we also have a lot of patients up there, and most of them have to drive here. Hopefully, with the new location, we can really reduce the response time to an illness.”

The community response to the new Kinder location has been so enthusiastic that boys from the Little Snake River Valley High School even lent a hand rearranging furniture at the clinic.

“The whole community is so happy and so willing to help us,” Kinder said. “The level of excitement is so energizing.”

Eventually, Kinder hopes to add additional services and a general practitioner to the Baggs location, but she stresses that the most important thing is to have a health care provider present in the community to make diagnoses and educate patients.

“We want to reach out to more people,” Kinder said. “We want to provide great care no matter where we are.”

Andie Tessler can be reached at 970-875-1793 or atessler@CraigDailyPress.com

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