New TMH orthopaedic surgeon brings cutting-edge techniques to Craig
Craig — Whether you’re a young football player with a busted shoulder or an aging rancher with a bad hip, The Memorial Hospital’s new orthopaedic surgeon, Kevin Borchard, M.D., has your back.
Borchard is Craig’s first resident orthopaedic surgeon, and is behind the launch of TMH’s Northwest Colorado Orthopaedic & Total Joint Center, which can provide care for everything from fractures to sports injuries to joint replacement.
Borchard came to Craig following a nine-year medical career in the United States Air Force and a one-year fellowship in total joint replacement at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. The move represents a homecoming, however, for Borchard and his wife, Hanna Borchard, who both grew up in Meeker.
“We want to be able to raise our kids in the same environment… we grew up in,” Borchard said. “When you grow up in a small town, you want to get out and experience and see bigger cities and new things, but after being out for a while, you really tend to appreciate it more.”
When Borchard came to visit TMH last year, the decision quickly became clear.
“These are people that I know, that my family knows,” he said.
Borchard will bring to Northwest Colorado — including Meeker, where he will see and operate on patients four days per month — a level of experience in joint replacement rarely seen in rural hospitals.
“With the training I had in Boston, there’s not too many people around Western Colorado who can do those more complex cases,” Borchard said. “That’s something we can offer here that otherwise people would have to go to Grand Junction or Denver or Salt Lake City.”
During his year at New England Baptist — one of the top joint replacement facilities in the nation — Borchard performed more than 400 hip replacements and 400 knee replacements, as well as shoulder replacements. His fellowship gave him training in cutting-edge, minimally invasive techniques that speed recovery time and improve outcomes.
TMH Chief of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Riley is pleased for the level of care Borchard will be able to provide the community, and expects he may even draw patients from outside Craig.
“There’s just not that many doctors with his level of expertise,” Riley said, noting that a hip replacement procedure scheduled for next month will represent the first time that technique will be performed within Colorado. “There is a demand and now we have an orthopaedic surgeon who is highly trained and living here in this community… We haven’t had that level of dedication before.”
Some residents who attended Borchard’s community talk at TMH Tuesday evening were eager to get an appointment on the books with the surgeon.
“I just want to be able to walk again,” said U.S. Navy veteran Bill Willison, who is looking to do a double hip replacement, and also suffered injuries to both his knee and shoulder while in the military.
“I’m a good problem for ya,” he told Borchard with a laugh Tuesday evening.
Physician Assistant Tom Doty — who specializes in orthopaedic care and began at TMH in February — paved the way for Borchard’s start. Doty is able to provide for almost any orthopaedic need except for surgery, and will work alongside Borchard.
Both Doty and Borchard will see patients out of TMH Clinic, which is home to the new orthopaedic center, however the doctors will also be available to see patients at the hospital’s emergency department as needed.
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