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Craig’s TMH set to open walk-in clinic, welcomes new PA

Lauren Blair

New physician assistant Maggie Anderson joined The Memorial Hospital team in October. She currently sees patients at the TMH Medical Clinic and will begin seeing patients at the new walk-in clinic, which is set to open on Monday.

The Memorial Hospital walk-in clinic, located inside TMH Medical Clinic, is poised to open its doors to the public on Monday. For those who utilize the new same-day service, physician assistant Maggie Anderson will soon become a familiar face.

Hailing from a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Anderson completed her degree at Wichita University in Kansas to become a PA. Her rotations landed her in several rural towns throughout the Midwest, helping her to discover a love of small-town life.

"It was a good experience because I really realized that's where I want to end up, in a small town," Anderson said. "I just like the fact that you don't get lost in a crowd and can form relationships with people in the community. When they come in as patients, it's like you're treating a friend or family member rather than never seeing them again."

With a love of the outdoors and the hope of some day owning a farm, Anderson and her boyfriend, also a PA who currently works in Vail, decided Colorado was the place for them.

"When I get to a community, I want to settle in because it's really important to me to learn where patients are coming from," Anderson said.

As a PA, Anderson will be able to see and treat patients just as a primary care physician would. She described the synergy between a PA and a medical doctor as a sort of "team approach."

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The new walk-in clinic allows people to see a doctor the same day with no appointment. Anderson explained that they will be able treat everything from the common cold, cough or flu to cuts needing stitches, broken bones and other minor emergency procedures.

Anderson also loves emergency medicine, but for now, she prefers the close connections that primary care medicine allows her to create.

"I really want to form relationships," Anderson said. "I just want to try to work as many people in as I can and not turn people away."

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