Dear Editor:

Hello, Dr. Bowman here. I thought I would write a short note to let everyone know about the situation regarding your healthcare providers here at our hospital. Dr Ott and I have been working here at the hospital for 13-1/2 and 12-1/2 years, respectively. Through these past years, we have had the opportunity to be a part of many of your lives in a very personal way.  We have been there during the births of your children, deaths of your loved ones, during illness, trauma, broken bones, lacerations and abrasions, heart attacks, strokes, car accidents, and a myriad of other problems. It has been a privilege for us to serve you to the best of our abilities.

During our time here, we have had quite a few other providers come and go. During my time here, we have had Dr. Dadwall, Dr. Salter, and PA’s Steve Perez, Justin Brinkerhoff, Wayne Neilsen, Mark Overas, John Emmett, Hernan Garreaud and Reggie Gillins all work here. I am grateful for their service. Most recently, Hernan Garreaud has decided to leave our practice to pursue other opportunities. I would especially like to thank him for his many years of devoted service to the clinic, hospital and the community.

As of this week, Reggie Gillins has also decided to leave the clinic in order to work in North Dakota and to have more time with his family. All of these providers have given countless hours in service, and I appreciate the contributions that they have made.

Our hospital board is making Herculean efforts in recruiting more providers, but the recruiting process is long, and usually takes between six months to a full year to be able to find a doctor and get him here. Typically, we have had around five providers, consisting of a mix of physicians and PA’s, to provide for your healthcare needs. As you know, in addition to working in the clinic, we cover the ER 24/7. 

We recently hired Clinton Dowse PA, who recently graduated from PA school, to work with us in the clinic and hospital. He is currently working in the clinic, and within the next month or two, will be working under our supervision in the ER. He was born and raised in Kanab, and I am sure he will make a great addition to our team. I hope that you will have the opportunity to get to know him better.

Other than Clinton, the only providers who remain are Dr. Ott and myself. I have had a few of my patients ask me if I am planning on leaving also. I can assure you, neither Dr. Ott, nor I, have any plans of leaving the clinic or the hospital in the foreseeable future.

That being said, I would like to ask you for a little patience with us as far as getting appointments and sometimes wait times once you are here. Since we are down to three providers, instead of the usual five, we realize it is harder than usual to get in quickly to the clinic. We have decided to work longer hours and extra days in order to accommodate the extra people who have been seeing Reggie or Hernan.

We realize there are times when you are sick that you need to be seen the same day you call, and we are striving to have enough “sick appointments” available to accommodate your needs. You may find that for routine appointments, you may have to wait a little longer than you are accustomed to.

When you do come to the clinic, please be aware that the doctor you are seeing is either on-call or post-call. If he is on call, he can be called to the ER at any time and that may delay your appointment. We are trying our best to stay on track and not make you wait, but sometimes it is unavoidable. If you happen to get us on a day when we are post-call, we may seem a little more tired. I tend to yawn quite a bit post-call. It is not that you are boring, but that we might only be running on one to two hours of sleep that day.

I have one last request. If you have had a minor illness for a few days, please consider not coming into the ER at 2 a.m. We will be available to serve you whenever you come in, of course, but we may be less grumpy about it if we didn’t have to give up that precious hour of sleep to come in to see a rash that you have had for three days.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve you. I realize that being your physician is a sacred trust and we will continue to serve you with your medical needs.

Jon Bowman