An internal medicine physician signed a four-year deal last week with Texas County Memorial Hospital.
Jonathan Beers, a third-year resident at the Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisc., will join TCMH as a full-time employed physician Aug. 20, 2012, after his residency program ends. He plans to relocate to Texas County next summer.
Beers grew up in White Bear Lake, Minn., and sought post-residency employment at a location in the rural midwest. He interviewed at TCMH in August.
“I was overwhelmed with the kindness and friendliness of the TCMH staff,” Beers said. “I also fell in love with the natural beauty and outdoor opportunities that Texas County will allow me to enjoy.”
Beers is a National Health Service Corps Scholar, and as a scholar he is required to practice medicine in an area that is lacking a large number of healthcare providers. TCMH provided Beers the opportunity to fulfill his scholar requirements as well as meeting his professional and personal criteria.
“I want to be part of a team of high quality physicians that are meeting healthcare needs in an underserved area,” Beers said, explaining that the need for additional internal medicine physicians in Texas County helped him choose TCMH.
The TCMH expansion project also played a role in Beers’ decision to join the county hospital.
“I was impressed by and wanted to join an organization that is still pressing forward to meet the needs of the community despite the economic recession,” Beers explained.
Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, expressed his excitement in signing Beers.
“We were one of many opportunities that Dr. Beers had to choose from,” Murray said. “We are very fortunate to add a physician of Dr. Beers’ caliber to our staff.
“It is obvious that the progress TCMH is making with our expansion plans played a vital role in Dr. Beers’ decision making. Dr. Beers realizes that the hospital expansion project speaks well for our patient population and their support of healthcare services in Texas County.
“We have a significant elderly population here that will benefit from the addition of another internal medicine physician in our clinic and hospital.”
Murray explained that the support of healthcare services in Texas County drives the hospital’s successful recruiting of physicians like Beers and also assists the hospital in the retention of current medical staff members.
Murray invited area residents to welcome Beers in August by supporting his practice at the TCMH Medical Complex in Houston.
“If you are currently seeing an internal medicine physician outside of the area, I encourage you to make an appointment with Dr. Beers,” he said.
Beers has a strong interest in critical care, and he will see patients in the hospital and provide outpatient care through the TCMH Medical Complex.
Beers has an undergraduate degree in biology from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. He attended medical school at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa.
“Dr. Beers is another key addition to the hospital as we continue to move forward with our hospital’s strategic plan,” Murray said.