Ten Mile Family Medicine
Grand County, CO Colorado
The new Ten Mile Family Medicine clinic is ramping up for a Jan. 2 opening, with an open house planned for Jan. 4 and Jan. 6.
Located in the specialty clinic building on Ten Mile Drive just south of downtown Granby, the family practice is a new venture of Dr. Jeffrey Lipke of Granby Medical Center and his wife Molly.
With the Granby Medical Center closing Jan. 1, Lipke brings with him Nurse Practitioner Karen Charland, who worked at Granby Medical for four years, as well as Registered Nurse Cindy Firth, who was at Granby Medical for 11 years.
Molly Lipke, also a physician, will be the clinic’s office manager and administrator. Of the couple’s three children, Logan, 7, Madison, 6, and Paige, 3, Paige will occasionally be the clinic’s “greeter” and “patient cheer-up person,” her mom and dad said.
The clinic will continue to welcome Dr. Michael Johnson, of Red Rocks OB/GYN, who will see patients once a month, as well as Dr. Paul Voegili, podiatrist of Grand County Foot and Ankle Clinic, and Dr. Erik Dorf, orthopaedist of Vail Summit Orthopaedics.
The physical therapists of Howard Head Sports Medicine, which moved into the former specialty clinic about two years ago, will remain at Ten Mile as well.
Lipke said shortly beyond the “surprise and shock” of the news of the closing of Granby Medical, the idea of opening a family practice felt like the natural next step.
“God was directing us with the closing and opening of doors,” he said. “Because of that, we really had peace throughout the whole process.”
The physician said he is honored to continue to serve the patients he’s grown to know in Grand County.
“I like the idea of taking care of people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly,” he said.
“Having been here for five and half years, I know patients really well, and most visits we spend part of the time talking about the elk they shot, or their camping trip, or their family. That’s probably the biggest piece about family medicine, the relationships.”
Originally from Detroit Lakes, Minn., Lipke attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and his residency at Swedish Medical Center in Denver. The winter before entering medical school in 1994-1995, Lipke worked at the children’s center at Winter Park mountain, fitting youngsters into boots and equipment. It was then he grew to love the area to which he would return years later, he said.
Molly Lipke, originally from Alexandria, Minn., was a Navy flight surgeon, and her duties took her to Florida, then to Guam, in the early half of decade 2000, during which Jeffrey traveled with her and practiced medicine.
When in residency and while practicing in the Navy, Molly “always liked the administrative side of medicine,” her husband said. Having an administrator at the clinic who understands the medical side will be a benefit to the business, he said.
Their new clinic has four exam rooms, a lab and a waiting area. The Lipkes plan to store and generate electronic medical records in keeping with new technology in the health industry.
Lipke said he feels fortunate his clinic is near the Middle Park Medical Center, where X-rays, Cat Scans and other types of diagnostic equipment will be conveniently available to his patients.
Already, the two new clinics have been “mutually helpful” in ways, and Lipke hopes to continue in that spirit. It’s important patients have choice in health care providers in the area, he said, because particular patients may not click with certain physicians.
“I like to spend a lot of time with patients,” Lipke said. “And that’s one thing family medicine affords. But not every patient is like that.”
Both Charland and Firth said they are excited about the new opportunity.
“We still can be a part of the community we live in, and care for those patients,” Charland said. Charland earned the title nurse practitioner at CU, and achieved her master’s at University of California, San Francisco, where she is originally from.
“It’s more personal,” Firth said. “We don’t have to worry if we need to make a change, having to go through the whole ‘corporate’ thing. The bosses are right here, and we can do what’s best for our patients.”
Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603
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