Hospital hires certified nurse midwife

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Socorro General Medical Group has added a fourth new provider in 2009, with the hire of Doris Kay Garman.

Garman is a certified family nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, an International Board certified lactation consultant and holds a Master of Science degree in nursing.

 

 

Garman, who began taking patients in mid-September, provides women’s care as well as family medicine services for area patients.

Garman brings more than 26 year’s experience to Socorro General Hospital and the surrounding area.

Medical group officials say they’re excited to add Garman to its growing list of new providers.

“We’re building our healthcare services for Socorro and the surrounding area. She brings a wealth of education and experience in women’s healthcare, family medicine and urgent care medicine to Socorro,” said William Ernst, director of Clinics and Support Services. “She solidifies the recruitment effort Socorro General Hospital has dedicated to increasing the healthcare services for the entire region.”

Garman came to Socorro from Truth or Consequences. Prior to joining Socorro General Medical Group, Garman worked in urgent care and family medical clinics in both Nebraska and Kansas. Garman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kans., in 1991, and her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner from the same institution, in 2001. Additionally, Garman received her certificate as a nurse-midwife from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kans., in 2003.

Garman has been a registered nurse providing rural health care since 1983, and her experiences include a wide range of women’s health services from family medicine to birthing babies. As a certified lactation consultant, Garman also supports mothers who decide to breastfeed their infants. Garman will provide a full range of care including a full scope of family medical care, newborn and neonatal care, and urgent care services.

Ernst added that Garman is in the hospital-based clinic Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SGH Administrator Bo Beames said the hospital has been diligent and aggressive in recruiting top-notch professionals that believe in high quality care and patient satisfaction. He said that Garman is one of four providers added within the past year and added that efforts continue to mount to increase the number of providers in meeting the needs of Socorro and the surrounding area.

Garman has two children, Sarah, 25, and James, 22. She enjoys hiking, walking and music.

“I’m looking forward to serving the community of Socorro as a healthcare provider,” Garman said.