Best Doctor: Scott Ellis knows how to deliver
Hospital’s OB-GYN voted Moffat County’s best doctor
June 27, 2014
Scott Ellis has been present at the births of countless infants and advised numerous parents-to-be on how to handle pregnancy health, but no matter how many times it happens, it's always a fresh experience.
Ellis, voted Best Doctor in Moffat County, has been part of the staff of The Memorial Hospital since 2008. Since coming to Craig, he's striven to provide "big city medicine" to those who need it within a rural community.
"I'd like to think I bring a quality service that people don't have to go out of this town to get," he said.
Ellis received his doctorate from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri's AT Still University, going on to train at Madigan Army Medical Center.
A specialty in obstetrics and gynecology was originally the last thing Ellis thought he would pursue in medical school. It wasn't until he began to study branches like genetics and embryology that he started to find his way toward what would eventually become his life's work.
It was only after embarking on the path of an OB-GYN that it occurred to him that he had been meant to be part of this field all along, remembering an experience calving as an adolescent on a family member's cattle ranch.
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"There's just something very fascinating about helping to bring new life into the world," he said.
Ellis used this recollection when applying for a residency, later learning that the essay he had written about how he was influenced by his time on the ranch had gotten him blackballed from some institutions. It was years after when he met the man responsible, a colleague who, upon finding out the same doctor he had nixed in the past had grown into an accomplished physician, immediately apologized.
Ellis was in private practice in Texas before coming to Northwest Colorado, and he welcomed the chance to start anew.
"I loved the practice where I was, I just didn't like the hospital," he said.
Ellis said he credits the staff at TMH, as well as his wife and three children, with any success he has had in the area. Kelly Bailey, with whom he works closely, was selected as Best Nurse.
"It's really important to me that the hospital continues to grow and develop," he said. "I very much want to be a small part of making TMH the hospital of choice. I hope that we provide such a good quality of care and service that people automatically turn to us."
When it comes to patients' satisfaction with their care, Ellis, who said he was honored to be selected as the top area doctor, has consistently been praised by the hospital's administration.
Terri Jourgensen, director of TMH Medical Clinic, said she receives constant feedback on Ellis, from women who are expecting as well as the other members of their family involved in the process.
"He's compassionate, he's caring, he wants to know them as a person and be their friend," she said. "He takes that extra time to develop a relationship."
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.