Middle Park Health hires two new surgeons to expand services
Two new doctors have joined the surgical staff at Middle Park Health as the hospital makes efforts to expand their programs and offer more services.
Dr. Adam Wilson, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Robert Ratcliff, a general and colorectal surgeon, joined the team earlier this year at the Granby campus. Tiffany Freitag, director of community relations for Middle Park Health, said the orthopedics and general specialties represent the highest demand at the hospital.
“It was based off the County’s need and what the residents and visitors needed,” Freitag said.
Wilson studied at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia for his medical degree and residency, respectively. He recently completed a fellowship for complex shoulder surgery in France and previously completed a sports medicine fellowship in New Mexico.
His sub-specialty is sports medicine and he works with Olympic athletes through his involvement U.S. Ski and Snowboard Physician Pool and his position as team physician for the U.S. Snowboard Cross team. Wilson’s experience will be a beneficial asset to a sporty community like Grand County, Freitag said.
“He’s done a lot of sports injuries and mountain trauma, whether that’s summer or winter,” she said. “We’re an active community and with those active folks come injuries, unfortunately.”
Ratcliff attended the University of Utah College of Medicine for his medical degree and the State University of New York – Upstate for his residency. He is dual board-certified in general and colorectal surgery and completed his fellowship at the Sansum Medical Clinic in California.
Ratcliff will be working alongside Dr. Mark McCaulley, a general surgeon who contracts for the hospital. Freitag said the addition of Ratcliff’s skills will help the hospital balance emergency surgery and preventative care.
“We want to make sure people are continuing (pre-screening measures) and if we can help with that and have more time available for those types of appointments that will help keep people well,” Freitag said.
Overall, hiring two new surgeons will allow the hospital to take more cases and save patients time, money and stress by being able to treat them locally and not having to send them outside the county for care.
“People don’t have to drive to Denver anymore, which obviously displaces the entire family and it’s more of a financial burden” Freitag said. “Being able to keep the surgery or procedure local really helps out Grand County families.”
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