HaysMed welcomes three new cardiologists
By KALEY CONNER
Seven new physicians recently have joined staff at Hays Medical Center.
Growth has been especially significant for the hospital's DeBakey Heart Institute, which has welcomed three new cardiologists and is preparing to launch an extended outreach program.
The new physicians are Dr. Mauricio Anaya, Dr. Jose Dimen and Dr. Mohammed Janif, who previously worked at HaysMed until 2006.
"I've always loved Hays, and I think at the time when I left, the timing was right for me to leave, and the timing was right for me to come back," said Janif, who had been practicing medicine in Hutchinson. "I saw the increased development and the road that Hays was on, all these services that were being provided and the expansion of the clinics and the addition of more cardiologists."
Janif returned to Hays and began his practice in mid-September. In addition to new and former patients he is seeing in Hays, several patients have followed him from Hutchinson, he said.
Dimen began his practice last month, coming from southern California. He previously had worked as the only cardiologist in a small Colorado town, and he missed the rural lifestyle, he said.
"When I interviewed, it gave me a sense this is an institution that is a progressive one and was committed to excellence in health care," Dimen said. "And so I chose to come here."
Anaya began his practice in August, but had contracted to come to HaysMed a year in advance. This is his first medical practice after residency in New York and Ohio. He attended medical school in Bolivia, and liked the idea of practicing medicine at a growing institution, he said.
"Every day we are growing, we have plans to keep growing and that's satisfying," Anaya said. "I've been in big cities, and I like the idea of living in a community where it's family-friendly, and we can have peace of mind."
There are now five full-time cardiologists housed at HaysMed, and a sixth is expected to join staff next summer. The goal is to bring that number to eight, which will enable the HaysMed cardiologists to visit area outreach clinics more frequently.
For now, three temporary physicians will fill in until additional doctors can be hired, said Bryce Young, chief operating officer at HaysMed, noting more interviews are scheduled next month.
"We will always have eight cardiologists here, and the primary reason for that is to basically expand our footprint and take the services to the region just as much as we offer them here from an outreach standpoint," he said. "That will take eight providers to accomplish that."
Having more cardiologists will enable the doctors to spend more time on the road, visiting patients in other locations throughout western Kansas.
The cardiology department conducted approximately 170 outreach clinics last year, and that number now is expected to top 400, Young said.
The goal is to help patients access the care they need closer to home, Janif said.
"You go east, and it's four hours to a major center; north is the same thing. The west is about five hours away," he said. "I think the unique location of Hays Medical Center is almost like we have to have the best people, the best administration, the best hospital to provide all these services and I think we are all interconnected with that."
* For more on the physician additions at HaysMed, see Sunday's Hays Daily News.