Ten Mile Family Medicine in Granby closing after six years in operation
OPEN HOUSE SET FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 19
Ten Mile Family Medicine will hold an open house event from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday night at their building on Ten Mile Drive in Granby. It will be an opportunity to say goodbye to the Lipkes before they move to Minnesota.
After a little over six years in operation, Ten Mile Family Medicine in Granby is preparing to close its doors for the final time.
The practice, ran by Dr. Jeff Lipke and his wife, Molly, who is also a physician, will be shutting down operations as the Lipke family prepares for a move north to Alexandria, Minn., to be closer to their extended family.
“We felt God calling us to move to Minnesota,” Lipke said Tuesday as he sat in the waiting room of the building that has held his medical practice for over half a decade. “Molly’s parents and extended family live there and we feel like God has called us to be closer to them.”
Both Jeff and Molly have roots in Minnesota and Jeff grew up in Detroit Lakes, a short drive north of their soon-to-be new home.
“We have loved Grand County,” Lipke said. “When we opened Ten Mile Family Medicine our thought and intent was to practice here until retirement. We have really built some deep roots.”
Lipke said he and his family, including the couple’s three children, are looking forward to enjoying the activities offered by living in Minnesota lake country such as boating, fishing and waterskiing.
“We are excited for this adventure,” he said. “This is the next chapter in our lives.”
He will continue working as a physician with a medical group based in the Alexandria, Minn., area.
The decision to move to Minnesota was made a few months ago. During the intervening time, the Lipkes made an effort to find another physician to take over the practice in Granby.
“Unfortunately we weren’t able to do that,” Lipke said. “Eventually we decided we need to close the practice so our patients could know and start making plans. Many of our patients, we know outside of the office. That is the hardest thing for us to leave behind; our patients and our staff, but also our other friends that we have made in the community.”
Lipke said he has had conversations with his patients about selecting new care providers based on their individual needs and his patients are set to seek new medical services from the various providers throughout Grand County.
The Lipkes moved to Grand County in 2006, though Jeff Lipke had spent time in the area previously both as a ski bum prior to medical school and while working on rotation at Winter Park Resort while completing his residency in Denver. Lipke previously worked at the Granby Medical Center, but opened his own family practice after that entity closed its doors. The Lipkes sold the building that has held Ten Mile Family Medicine to the Pregnancy Resource Connection, which will be moving in the near future.
“I would like to say, to our patients and the community, a heartfelt thanks for allowing me to be a part of your life and your healthcare,” Lipke said. “I will cherish this time and carry it with me to Minnesota.”
Lipke also expressed his gratitude to his full-time nurses, Cindy Frith and Daniele Porter, and the practice’s part-time nurses, Allison Maurais, Jane Carrasco and Tia Bakke.
“It has been a joy and a pleasure working with them,” Lipke said.
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