4 new physicians join staff at HaysMed
By KALEY CONNER
A total of seven new physicians have begun practicing medicine at Hays Medical Center during the past four months. Among them are two hospitalists, a urologist and an obstetrician.
Dr. Rebeka Weber joined HaysMed in mid-August as the fourth obstetrician/gynecologist at the Center for Women's Health. She also is believed to be the first female OB doctor at HaysMed.
A native of Claflin, Weber is happy to be closer to home after attending medical school in Kansas City and completing fellowships in Denver and Cincinnati.
"I guess it was always in the back of my mind," she said of practicing medicine in Kansas. "As I interviewed and went all around, it was kind of a great opportunity, and I was very excited about coming back home."
Weber joins the Women's Center at a time of expansion -- referral numbers continue to grow in the region, and the physicians are part of a new satellite clinic in Great Bend. Physical renovations in both the medical clinic and labor and delivery unit are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
"We're really excited about continuing to expand as a big referral base, and we're doing outreach clinics now, and having to really extend the level of care we can provide to the surrounding communities," Weber said. "To be able to give those patients another choice is really important to me."
Dr. Faris Azzouni became the fourth partner of Western Kansas Urology in July. After attending medical school in his native Jordan, he completed medical fellowships in Milwaukee and Buffalo, N.Y., where he underwent extensive training in robotic surgery.
"Of all the places I interviewed, I chose to come here," he said. "I love the hospital, its facilities, the people working in it, and my interaction with the three urologists who are already here and their staff was excellent."
Practicing urology in a small town was appealing to Azzouni, who enjoys being able to practice medicine in different areas as opposed to sticking with one sub-specialty, which is often the case at larger medical centers.
"Practicing in a city like Hays allows you to do general urology, which means you can do almost everything," he said. "It also allows you to focus on the things you trained to do."
In the future, Azzouni said he would like HaysMed to add a robotic surgery program.
Hospitalists Dr. Manoj Suryanarayanan and Dr. Heather Klatt both began work at HaysMed in August. Hospitalists provide around-the-clock care to inpatients who either do not have a primary care physician or come from out of town.
Klatt attended medical school in Kansas City and completed additional training in Fort Worth, Texas, before accepting the job in Hays.
"I wanted to return to Kansas to be close to family, and I chose HaysMed because they have a fairly high patient acuity, which means you get to see a variety of illnesses and conditions," she said. "That was important to me because I wanted to stay experienced in as broad a number of medical conditions as possible."
A native of Larned, Klatt began her career as a teacher before realizing she wanted to do something different. She began exploring different career options, and eventually discovered medicine was her true passion.
"I will say I absolutely love my job. I love what I do," she said. "Now I can't imagine doing anything else."
Manoj also chose Hays for his first job after medical training. A native of India, he attended medical school in Russia and completed additional training in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Manoj also is appreciative for the opportunity to practice such a wide spectrum of health care.
"When I interviewed here, I really got an impression that you have the flexibility to do as much as you are trained to do, as your skills let you do," he said. "The work group is very supportive, and people are so nice, and it's a great place to live, to raise a family."