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Eric Murray: "I thought I had to go to Denver for that!"

Eric Murray
Voice of the Hospital

“Our hospital in Kremmling does mammography? Our hospital in Kremmling does outpatient knee surgery? General surgery? G.I.’s? Rehabilitation? Physical therapy? Blood (lab) work? Our hospital has two family practice clinics, one in Kremmling and one in Granby?”

“Yes and there’s more,” I reply.

The next thing I hear is, “I thought I had to go to Denver for that.”

“Let me tell you all about it.” This is where I launch into the stories of our specialty physicians, family practice doctors, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, nurses and healthcare professionals who facilitate our growing list of services, county-wide.

After representing the county’s hospital for the past three years as the “Public Relations/Marketing guy” I get asked questions about healthcare everywhere I go and I’m happy to engage in conversation. Whether I’m attending a Grand Lake Chamber event, addressing the Granby Rotary, attending a Grand Foundation fund raising event, speaking at a networking luncheon at Young Life Crooked Creek Ranch, introducing a new service or specialty physician to the Grand County Rural Health Network or sponsoring a wellness fest in Winter Park, I get questions that can be categorized into two key groups: 1) services offered and specifics about healthcare professionals 2) plans for accommodating growing healthcare demand in Grand County.

Thanks to the forward thinking and responsive editor of this paper I now have another format to address these questions on a weekly basis. I will answer questions about our role in local healthcare from the Grand County citizens in this column every Monday. I promise to answer as clearly as possible because it is, after all, Grand County’s hospital and I believe in transparency”that is sharing as much information as possible with you, the owners of local healthcare.

Kremmling Memorial Hospital District and its family practice clinics are governed by a citizen- elected board of directors. Our hospital is not-for-profit and is here to serve its citizens with the highest quality healthcare possible. Sure it is called, Kremmling Memorial Hospital District, (we’re working on a name that would better represent the hospital’s county-wide representation), but we reach out to both sides of the county and we have plans for considerable growth and development.

It is truly “local” and if there is one thing I’ve learned about Grand County citizens it’s that we cherish and protect our independent identity and our quality of life. If we can avoid Denver we will. We want services in our own back yard. We want doctors who know our health history and our family’s. It’s my job to inform you, the public, about your hospital and its future.

So email your questions about our hospital to: ericmurray@kmhd.cc . I’ll base future columns on the predominant question of the week. All other submitted questions will be answered personally via email or a phone call.


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