Colorado West gets new medical director

Dr. Roy Sanford Kiser Jr. has waited years to return to the Rocky Mountains.

He fell in love with the Rockies as a student at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs. That love lingered even after he moved to Texas to complete his undergraduate education in math and chemistry at Abilene Christian College and his psychiatric residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

After working as a faculty member at the medical school, researching brain functions and psychiatric symptoms, working in private practice and directing a hospital’s chronic pain rehabilitation program in Dallas, Kiser left Texas for the promise of a job east of the Rockies. Kiser spent five years as the medical director of neuroscience at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb., in the Nebraska panhandle.

This year, he finally got his wish to move to Colorado. He started a new position Feb. 6 as medical director of Colorado West Hospital in Grand Junction.

“I am very, very happy to be in a lovely, lovely valley. It’s just so gorgeous,” he said.

Kiser said he has been seeing patients since his residency days in 1970 and he has no plans to stop in Grand Junction. As medical director, he will also oversee patient care. He said he has ideas to help “steadily improve the quality of care” at Colorado West, including some ideas to streamline electronic records-keeping. But he has no plans for big changes in the immediate future.

“I’m in learning mode right now. It’s a big organization with a lot of people and a lot of moving parts. I’m trying to get acquainted with it right now,” he said.


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