While more and more people who are sick may be finding it harder and harder to find a doctor who will see them within an hour or two, that’s not usually the case at the Grantsville Medical Clinic.
Dr. Benjamin Krogh has been the primary care doctor at the facility for several years now. And the doctor has recently been joined by Aaron Elswood, a physician assistant.
A physician assistant has the ability to diagnose illnesses, perform office procedures and even prescribe medications.
“There is not a lot of limitations on a physician assistant as long as the supervising physician feels comfortable with what I am doing within the scope of his practice,” Elswood said.
Of course, neither Dr. Krogh or Elswood would hesitate to refer a patient to a specialist should they encounter problems outside their expertise.
A native of Highland, Utah, Elswood is a graduate of American Fork High School. He has a BS degree in biology and obtained a master’s degree in physician assisting from Idaho State University.
Elswood said his desire to become involved in the medical field began while serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bolivia.
“It broke my heart to see the lack of medical care in that country,” he said. “I decided when I came home I wanted to become involved in medicine and help others in any way possible.”
In fact, Elswood’s dream is to someday return to Bolivia and help the people of that country. “Bolivians lack even basic immunizations and antibiotics in their country,” he said. “Many of the people don’t even understand basic hygiene procedures like properly washing their hands.
There is extreme poverty in the country and most people don’t have soap or toothpaste. For a Bolivian to actually see a physician is an absolute luxury.”
Elswood added, “I would love to start a medical group that could go to that country on a regular basis and help those people. That would be awesome.”
In the meantime, Elswood is content offering care at the Grantsville Medical Clinic. He currently lives in Lindon with his wife Cydnie and the couple’s two sons, Kasen, age 4, and Tysen, 4 months.
Elswood is at the Grantsville Medical Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Those calling for appointments can specifically asked to be seen by him if they so desire.
“Nine times out of 10, we can get any patient into the clinic on the same day they call,” Elswood said.
In addition to serving those who are sick, the Grantsville Clinic provides immunizations and well-child checkups. The clinic accepts most insurances, as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
And for those who don’t have insurance, Elswood and Dr. Krogh will offer a sliding-fee scale based upon their income.
The sliding fee scale, however, is only offered to Grantsville residents or Tooele residents who are already established patients at the clinic.
“We see a lot of patients from Grantsville, Tooele and all the surrounding areas,” Elswood said.
He added, however, that he’s still sometimes surprised to hear people say, “I didn’t know you and Dr. Krogh were here. I had no idea that the Grantsville Medical Clinic was open.”
For an appointment, call 884-3578.