Nurse Practitioners Fill the Gap

Nurse Practitioners Fill the Gap

Before Danielle Pendergrass, a nurse practitioner, moved back to her native Utah, many women in her rural three-county region had gone years without seeing a doctor for health services such as cervical cancer screenings and birth control.

For many, the 60-mile trip to the nearest obstetrician-gynecologist was too far; they didn’t have transportation to get there or the money to pay for it.

A year and a half ago, Pendergrass opened a women’s health clinic in Price, and in short order her patient load grew to 3,300. From her perch, there’s little mystery why.

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