Craig The Memorial Hospital reached an agreement Friday with a second obstetrician/gynecologist who will join TMH next year.
KC Keating, 30, a resident at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, will join Dr. J. Scott Ellis at Valley Health Center in July 2009. Hospital administrators have called Keating an "ideal match" for TMH.
The hiring is ahead of TMH's 2010 timeline for hiring a second OB/GYN but comes with board approval.
Hospital administrators said getting Keating on staff was worth working ahead of schedule.
"The right fit is so hard to find," said George Rohrich, TMH chief executive officer. "When you have an opportunity come up : you really have to evaluate it hard and seriously.
"Dr. Keating just seemed to be a wonderful fit for us and our community. We had to move forward with this."
Rohrich said Keating and Ellis will essentially work as partners.
"It's important to have OB/GYN covered all the time," he said. "One person really struggles to do that 24/7, 365."
Ellis, who met Keating during her recruitment, said he supports the hiring.
"It's good for the hospital and for the community," Ellis said Tuesday. "From a personal standpoint, she's an outgoing personality, caring and compassionate. Then there is the education side. She has a great medical background.
"She brings personal and professional skills that I think are hard to match."
Keating, raised in Denver and Kansas City, Kan., received her doctorate of osteopathy degree from the University of Health and Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo.
While in medical school, according to her bio, she participated in "numerous volunteer activities, including a volunteer position with the Uganda Red Cross in Africa."
With the Keating recruitment over, Rohrich said the hospital now turns its attention to recruiting more family physicians to TMH. A family physician made a site visit Tuesday, he said.
"It's always been our top priority," the CEO said.