Clinical Psychologist Herbert Coard, Ed.D and other practitioners in the Sapience Group are accepting patients at Humboldt General Hospital’s new Behavioral Health clinic in Winnemucca.
Clinical Psychologist Herbert Coard, Ed.D and other practitioners in the Sapience Group are accepting patients at Humboldt General Hospital’s new Behavioral Health clinic in Winnemucca.
Humboldt General Hospital (HGH) is in the process of adding behavioral health and cardiology clinics to the available services, so residents can seek local care rather than traveling out of the area. 

The behavioral health clinic kicked off last week inside the hospital’s Clinic F, as a combination of in-clinic evaluations and telemedicine to help serve a broad range of behavioral health patients. 

The group overseeing the clinic is Psychologist Herbert Coard, Ed.D and other practitioners in the Sapience Practice group based out of Reno. 

The new behavioral health clinic can schedule appointments Monday through Friday, with Coard visiting patients in-person in Winnemucca two days a week currently. To schedule a behavioral health appointment, patients can call 775-375-0993. 

Coard will also be meeting with and performing evaluations for long-term care residents as needed. 

HGH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Powers, CPA has begun working with an architectural firm to explore the possibility of constructing a 7-10 bed unit inside the hospital for behavioral health crisis stabilization purposes. 

Powers said the Med-Surge department at the hospital ends up with patients in a behavioral health crisis who need treatment and have to wait to be transferred for care, the new behavioral health clinic allows patients to be seen and treated same-day in some instances, especially if stabilization of medication is necessary. 

Powers said his vision is for HGH to become a northern Nevada “hub” for behavioral health with the possibility of outreach clinics in other areas down the road. 

Powers said that if the hospital does add the crisis stabilization beds in the behavioral health clinic, those would not count against the hospital’s current critical access maximum of 25 beds. 

The Cardiology clinic is slated to launch in the next month, with a catheterization laboratory or “cath lab” slated to open in Winnemucca in summer 2021. 

The cost of building the cath lab and equipment is expected to exceed $2 million with $954,000 paid for as a grant from the Pennington Foundation recently accepted by the HGH Board of Trustees. 

The cath lab will have special imaging equipment used to see the arteries and check how well blood is flowing to and from the heart, helping the care team to diagnose and treat blockages and other problems in the arteries. 

The cath lab will also be where primary outpatient cardiology procedures are performed, such as angioplasties, stints, etc. and will be managed by NMCV Partners JV Ltd, who also has a clinic in Ely. 

The cardiology clinic is slated to open within the next month, with current cardiology patients being referred to Renown in Reno. The cardiology clinic will be managed by Zia Khan, MD and Tina Carbone, NP.