With my job, there are ups and downs like most jobs. The last several months have been mostly ups as we are having some great success adding to our already strong medical staff. I actually really enjoy physician recruitment. It gives me a chance to brag about life in Grinnell and Poweshiek County and about the wonderful women and men that call GRMC “their” hospital. Frankly, it is not hard to talk about all the benefits of life in our community and usually if I can get some one to come take a look, they immediately get excited about the possibilities. Now we don’t make an offer to everyone that visits us. In fact, it often becomes apparent that some candidates are not “a good fit.” Occasionally we do find the perfect person who will bring their many years of training and education to our medical center. Of course it takes more than skills to compel us to make an offer; they also need the attitude of service and team approach to truly be the right fit.
I have great news to share regarding our physician recruitment and retention activities. First, let me focus on anesthesia and pain medicine. Early next month, Kevin Emge, DO, will join Ken Whipple, DO, in anesthesia. Both are very well trained and have wonderful personalities. Dr. Whipple has been here since August and has been an excellent addition to our medical staff. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Emge and working with Alex Anderson, CRNA, in a continuing role in this department. Alex has done a super job providing anesthesia services here and we hope to have her join us in a permanent role at GRMC.
Bojan Pavlovic, MD, started his pain management practice earlier this month and has already established himself as a first-rate physician with an attitude of service. Originally from Chicago, this Midwesterner is eager to bring our pain management program to new heights and we are very glad he is here.
I have some very exciting news regarding internal medicine. We have signed a long-term agreement with Christine Lindgren, DO and she will start in mid-January! Some of you will remember Dr. Lindgren when she spent the better part of a year as a medical student here with Dr. Doorenbos. After her residency in Des Moines at Iowa Methodist, she went to Marshalltown and has practiced there the past several years. The medical staff members involved in her recruitment are very pleased as she will be instrumental in rebuilding our internal medicine department.
We have another strong internal medicine candidate also interested in joining our medical staff. She has been here for one visit and we are working on a second visit including Dr. Lindgren. If this candidate proves to be a good fit, she would be available to begin here in August.
On a side note, we have come to an agreement with Mercy Medical Center to provide E-ICU (electronic intensive care unit) services to GRMC slated to begin in February. This service essentially provides critical care services to our ICU and ER with real-time video and electronic connection to patients. This will allow our physicians to have access to board-certified, critical care physicians for consultation and monitoring of patients. This service will be particularly beneficial at night and give our physicians some relief from what can be a vigorous call schedule. There will be much more information about the E-ICU in the near future, however I mention it at this time because it was very helpful in internal medicine recruitment.
We have one physician departure to report and that is Renee Kirk, DO has decided to leave GRMC and join the VA Hospital in Des Moines in emergency medicine. We thank Dr. Kirk for her many years of service here and wish her all the best in her new role. This change did open up a full-time ER position and James Dy, MD has signed an agreement with GRMC to fill that position. Dr. Dy is no stranger to our medical center and is excited to be back in a full-time role here in Grinnell. He plans to move to our community next month and get started in December.
You are also aware of the three new physician assistants we added over the past several months including: Sarah Feddersen, PA-C in urology, Jarrod Phelps, PA-C in general surgery, and Kristin Leonard, PA-C, in family practice. All three are excellent additions to our team and we welcome them all.
Finally, we have two orthopedic surgery candidates we are vetting with the Iowa Orthopaedic Center. In addition, Surgical Associates has a general surgery candidate they are making arrangements with to visit Grinnell in the near future.
All in all, it is a very exciting time for GRMC on the recruiting front and we are very pleased to be adding such outstanding physicians to our medical staff. If you have any questions or comments, as always, please feel free to contact me.
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