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Craig doctor Larry Kipe assumes role of TMH chief of staff

Larry Kipe, M.D., took over as The Memorial Hospital's chief of staff this month. A Craig doctor of 26 years, Kipe's main agenda is to improve communication between doctors at the hospital.

— The Memorial Hospital welcomed Larry Kipe, M.D. as its new chief of staff at the monthly board of trustees meeting Thursday.

Kipe was elected to the position by hospital staff in November, and assumed the role from Jeff Womble, M.D., who served in the position for the past two years.

This is Kipe's third time serving as chief of staff for TMH; he completed his last two-year term in 2010.

Kipe has served the Craig community as a family physician for 26 years through his private practice, the Moffat Family Clinic. He also does inpatient work at TMH and is on the medical staff at the hospital.

"He rounds on his patients early in the morning and then he'll come up again at night and round on them again," said TMH Chief of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Riley. "He's one of the last physicians that is truly in private practice… He's very much kind of that traditional doctor."

As chief of staff, Kipe is in charge of handling any issues with medical staff at TMH, assuring quality of care and acting as a liaison between the medical staff, hospital administration and the board of trustees.

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"I actually ran for chief of staff this time," rather than being appointed by the board, Kipe said. "I did run with an agenda and one of the things I wanted to work on was communication between all the doctors at the hospital for continuity of care."

He explained that a majority of patients at the hospital are cared for by hospitalists, not by their own doctors.

"We want to make sure information gets to the doctor who's going to see the person after they're out of the hospital," Kipe said.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com.

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