Dr. Jennifer Groner will join Texas County Memorial Hospital in November. She is pictured with her children, Matthew and Sarah. 

Texas County Memorial Hospital has inked a three-year contract with Jennifer Groner, DO, board certified family medicine physician and obstetrician. 

Groner joins TCMH to work full-time at the TCMH Mountain Grove Clinic beginning Nov. 14.  She plans to reside in Texas County with her children, Matthew and Sarah.

Groner is the attending physician for the department of community and family medicine and assistant professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and Family Medicine Residency and Surgical Obstetrical Fellowship based at Truman Medical Center Lakewood in Kansas City.

Groner grew up Jefferson City. She has family that still lives in the area. 

Groner completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., and she did biological sciences courses at the University of Missouri in Columbia.  She attended medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville. 

Groner’s medical internship year was at Ingram Regional Medical Center in Lansing, Mich., and she completed residency at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. 

Groner completed a post-sophomore fellowship in clinical and anatomical pathology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia.  She also completed a surgical obstetrical fellowship at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine.

Following her fellowship training in 2010, Groner took the faculty position at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.  Earlier this year, Groner decided to look for a traditional family medicine physician that would allow her to live and raise her children in a smaller town.

“A job in rural family medicine with obstetrics was my goal as a first year medical student,” Groner said.  “I have very much enjoyed my time in academic medicine, but I am excited to finally do my dream job!”

Groner noted the “warmth and friendliness” of the people she met in Houston and in Mountain Grove during her visits with TCMH.

“I think this is going to be a great place to raise my family. I am looking forward to being part of the community and finding a place for my kids to call home,” Groner said.

Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, said having a full-time physician in the Mountain Grove clinic has always been the strategic goal of TCMH.

“Dr. Groner is going to be an excellent addition to our medical team at the Mountain Grove clinic,” he said. 

Groner will see patients of all ages at the clinic. She will provide complete women’s health and obstetrical care, delivering babies at Texas County Memorial Hospital. Groner will also be on the hospital medical staff, caring for inpatients at TCMH.

“In my visit to TCMH, it was apparent to me that Mountain Grove needed a full-time physician,” Groner said. “One of the things that made this position more attractive to me than other positions I considered was the opportunity to fill a need and make a difference in the community I serve.”

Groner will work at the clinic with Sara Openshaw, family nurse practitioner; and Tracey Arwood, certified nurse midwife. Cory Offutt, MD, will also see obstetrics patients at the clinic one afternoon a week.

“We have seen our OB services grow through Tracey Arwood and Dr. Offutt’s presence in Mountain Grove,” Murray said. “We expect that the addition of a full-time, fellowship trained, board certified obstetrician will help us continue to draw in pregnant women that want to see a local healthcare provider and deliver their baby close to home.”

For additional information about Groner or to make an appointment, contact the TCMH Mountain Grove clinic at 417-926-1770.

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