Wanted: General surgeon

Hospital continuing interview process

Officials at The Memorial Hospital have received a couple nibbles recently from general surgeon candidates

The hospital began its search for a new general surgeon in October 2003, but it's no surprise to hospital officials that the process has been a long one.

"There needs to be an adequate mix of quite a few variables to make a good match," Administrator Randy Phelps said.

Hospital officials interviewed a couple weeks ago with Dr. Brian Heeringa. The doctor is the head of resident surgeons at a hospital in Michigan, Phelps said. Heeringa is interested in coming back to Craig for a second interview, Phelps said.

Dr. Scott Graham of the Phoenix area is slated to interview with hospital officials next week. The doctor of about 10 years is board-certified with the American College of Surgeons, Phelps said.

"This gentleman has been in practice for a while," Phelps said. "He's taking an effort to come and look."

Phelps has said the hospital is seeking a surgeon with a completed residency in the past five to 10 years, and someone who would enjoy living in a rural setting.

TMH has two recruiting firms on the prowl for a general surgeon to replace local surgeon Dr. David James, who scaled back his practice last year.

TMH is contracted with Dr. James for two more years, and no talks about an extension have occurred.

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