Dr. Dennis Kinder, pictured here Wednesday at Kinder Family Clinic, may soon leave his office for a job with The Memorial Hospital. During its Tuesday meeting, TMH Board of Directors cleared the way to present Kinder with a formal job offer. If accepted, Kinder will begin working at TMH on Jan. 1.

Photo by Brian Smith

Dr. Dennis Kinder, pictured here Wednesday at Kinder Family Clinic, may soon leave his office for a job with The Memorial Hospital. During its Tuesday meeting, TMH Board of Directors cleared the way to present Kinder with a formal job offer. If accepted, Kinder will begin working at TMH on Jan. 1.

The Memorial Hospital Board authorizes CEO to hire Kinder


In other action

At its Tuesday meeting, The Memorial Hospital Board also:

• Approved, 7-0, medical staff privileges to Richard Toothman, M.D.

• Approved, 7-0, the reappointment of Craig Shapiro, M.D., to the medical staff.

• Approved, 7-0, the re-instatement of C-section privileges to Jeff Womble, M.D.

• Approved, 7-0, the recommendation from the finance committee to extend a three-year service contract for a Filtrine MRI.

• Approved, 7-0, the 2011 budget.

• Approved, 7-0, an agreement to contract audit services through Stockman Kast Ryan & Co., a certified public accountant.

• Approved, 7-0, the rescheduling of meeting dates for December and January.

• Approved, 7-0, the proposed compensation guidelines for internal medicine, general surgery, OB/GYN and family practice.

• Approved, 7-0, the employment of Dr. Dennis Kinder within compensation guidelines.

• Approved, 7-0, the contract renewal for Dr. Stanley Pense within compensation guidelines.

• Approved, 7-0, a snow removal contract.

• Approved, 7-0, the guidelines for holiday bonuses.

Dr. Dennis Kinder said The Memorial Hospital Board of Directors delivered good news at its Tuesday meeting.

“Very good news,” he said.

At the meeting, the board approved a request by CEO George Rohrich to hire Kinder.

Kinder, an internal medicine physician, currently operates Kinder Family Clinic, 595 Russell St., with his wife, Pamela, a doctor who specializes in neurology.

Kinder expressed an interest in joining the physician team at TMH’s medical clinic and plans to begin work there Jan. 1.

Kinder has had board privileges at TMH since 1995, but he has not been on the medical staff.

Rohrich said TMH and Kinder will fine-tune a hiring agreement within the next few weeks.

“This isn’t a done deal, but I’m feeling confident,” Rohrich said. “We sat down and pretty much got through the hard stuff.”

As part of the hire, the board authorized Rohrich to purchase Kinder’s patient records at fair market value.

Those records will facilitate the transfer of patient care by Kinder from private practice to TMH.

Rohrich said the effect on Kinder’s patients would be minimal.

“(The transition) should be transparent to them,” Rohrich said of the patients. “There will be some changes. Check-in will be in a different place. There will be different forms. But, it will be very similar.”

Kinder agreed with Rohrich’s assessment.

“I think it will be a smooth transition,” Kinder said. “I don’t anticipate any big problems.”

Rohrich said the medical clinic at TMH will be advantageous for Kinder’s patients.

“Dr. Kinder will be in a group. He can help the group, and the group can help him,” Rohrich said. “A group can provide better continuity. It’s good for the community.

“We really look forward to him joining the group.”

Kinder said a move from private practice to a hospital setting is not unusual. A collegial atmosphere is part of the draw.

“I think it may be a wave of the future,” Kinder said. “For me, the primary motivation is I’ve basically been a solo practitioner for 12 years, and it’ll be really nice to have partners and colleagues to work with in the same building and practice.

“If there’s a question on one of my patients, I can just walk down the hall and talk to somebody about it.”

Kinder said Pamela would continue to operate Kinder Family Clinic.

“She’ll continue to work independently, just as before,” he said. “Nothing will change with Pamela.”

The medical clinic at TMH currently employs two general surgeons, two OB/GYNs, two family medicine physicians and two physician assistants.

Also at Tuesday’s board meeting, the board authorized Rohrich to renew Dr. Stanley Pense’s contract for three years. Pense, a TMH surgeon, has been employed at the hospital since January 2007.


justthefacts 6 years, 4 months ago

Fact: Patients do follow doctors.

Fact: If a Doctor does not have patients they have to leave private practice and work for a hospital.

Question: What are patient records worth if a DR. can not maintain a private practice?????

Fact: Once again, more wasted money by TMH!!!!!!

Just The doctored Facts.


David Moore 6 years, 4 months ago

Dr .Kinder has plenty of patients, and patience. He is my doctor and the doctor of my family and has been since he arrived in Craig. I see no money wasted at all by TMH and it will be a nice improvement to the base of physicians employed by the hospital, at whatever cost. Dr. Kinder is a very intelligent and compassionate physician, his knowledge of Internal Medicine will provide a boost to the wealth of medical knowledge already present in the current physicians and surgeons. It will make life easier for the patients seen by the TMH physicians by making him readily available to assist them in whatever capacity he can. Did you even read the article before spouting off? Why do you have a problem with Dr. Kinder joining the TMH family justmyopinion?


als362 6 years, 4 months ago

I believe that this justthefacts person would find a way to complain about being given a million dollars.
That is all he/she/it does is complain about everything and insult everybody.
It would be a blessing to all, if he/she/it would forget forever how to type.


justthefacts 6 years, 4 months ago

Fact: Dr. Kinder joining TMH, Great Idea.

Fact: Needlessly paying for his records, is wreckless spending of money needed to pay for the new house !!!!!! especially when David Moore and his family are going to follow the Doctor anyway. ( did their records mysteriously disappear????, or will the fine Doctor continue to use those records to service his customers.???)

Fact: A waste of money!!!!

Just the waste of Facts


David Moore 6 years, 4 months ago

Yes, we will follow the doctor, but I would prefer that my records follow along with me. Is he supposed to give them up for nothing? Your comment(s) makes no sense at all.

Als362, probably right on that one. Still wondering how they get away with a user name that is objectionable and has nothing to do with facts, it's violating the CDP's own user policy. Time to vote "justthefacts" off the island.


lonelyone 6 years, 4 months ago

what I don't understand is this, is Dr. Kinder leaving his practice and building to go to the old hospital and join that clinic? And if so why? Why would he give that up. I realize I may be misunderstanding the article, but that's what it seems like to me and I can't help but wonder why? I have nothing against Dr. Kinder, I'm just wondering is all.


David Moore 6 years, 4 months ago

"Is Dr. Kinder leaving his practice and building to go to the old hospital and join that clinic"? Yes "And if so why? Why would he give that up?" To provide better continuity of care for the patients he sees, and the patients that are seen by other specialists at the TMH clinic. Several specialties occupy the TMH clinic: Orthopedic, General Surgery, Urology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Family Practice, and now add Internal Medicine. Being two blocks away(I know, it's not far)inhibits the ease of being there when another physician needs a consult from Dr. Kinder or if one of his patients needs a consult from one of the other specialists. It's a convenience factor that will benefit the patients most of all as they will no longer need to travel between the two locations, being centralized has many benefits. Its a win-win situation for him as well as the clinic. His wife, Dr. Pamela Kinder will still be at the Kinder Family Clinic. I'm sure there are other reasons but I am not going to speculate on what those might be.


taxslave 6 years, 4 months ago

als362 - the million dollars comment.....L-O-L


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