Doctors Needed Across Grand Valley

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

For local health care professionals it's a problem they've heard before.
"Just not enough physicians in Western Colorado to meet the demand of our growing population," says Dr. David West with St. Mary's Hospital. Chris Thomas, president and CEO of Community Hospital also agrees. "When I talk to physicians they are getting anything from 10 to 20 calls a day from people looking for a physician and they are just not able to take them into their practice." And it's not just a problem for low income families or those on Medicare or Medicaid.

"People that move here and they've got jobs and they've got insurance and they've got Medicare still can't get in to see a doctor," says Dr. West. Thomas says it's a problem that is spilling into other areas of the hospital. "They are using the urgent cares more often they are using the emergency departments more often it's really become a burden for a number of the members of the community."

St. Mary's and Community Hospitals say they are looking into working with medical schools to help meet future needs but both admit that is a long term solution.
"Were in a very catch up mode for the whole country now," says West.
Dr. West says not to wait to until an emergency to find a doctor.
"Put your name on a waiting list, get the process started."
Dr. West also recommends looking for new doctors who haven't yet established a full client list.


KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 27789154