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LMH Physician, Dr. Barb Matthews

It is an empowering thing to practice medicine in a community that embraces your goals and dreams and chooses to invest in everything that propels rural medicine forward into the future.  I am so very grateful.  Over the 29 years, that I have practiced in this  community the physical plant in which we practice, and the technology available in our primary care center has been transformed dramatically.  There is a youthfulness and vibrancy among our staff, many of whom have returned home after post secondary education, to live out their professional lives, or have brought their young families here to make it their home.  Infants actually born into our practice, now stand beside us as the colleagues we trust and depend upon. 


 It is both a humbling testament to what it means to grow old, and beautifully rewarding.  We are inspired by, challenged and privileged to have a robust teaching component to our practice with young medical residents and students completing their family medicine training electives in our setting, exploring the broadness and gratification of rural practice.  Over the next 18 months we hope to potentially announce the acquisition of several young physicians to our hospital alliance and expand our ability to provide care to the patients who have found themselves without an MD upon moving to the community or with the retirement of trusted care givers.  We are on the cusp of an entire new generation of physicians who bring with them the freshness, ideals and passion that parallel the advancements in science and technology that we aspire to provide to our patient population.                               


 Very exciting to us, is the CT scanner that is on the immediate horizon and possible due to the dedicated, tireless work of the Foundation, leaders and committed diagnostic imaging staff who are preparing for this reality in the next 12-18 months.  This ability to image patients on site, in the settings of trauma or critical illness, to expedite decision making, and get the patient to definitive care, will alter forever the face of medical practice in our hospital.  Flanking this are the plans to enhance other elements of our diagnostic imaging department to maintain that progressive momentum which is mandated in the pursuit of excellence; something rural patients deserve.  This is the beginning of so many great steps forward!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,  committed citizens, can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.  Margaret Mead

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June 2022
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