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Greater Regional hires new general surgeon

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 11:06 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 11:08 a.m. CDT

A new general surgeon was hired earlier this month by Greater Regional Medical Center. Dr. Heather Osterbrink is attending orientation this week and will “scrub in on” a surgery with longtime surgeon Dr. Robert Kuhl today.

“We’re very pleased with this hire,” said Brian Schon, director of clinic services at GRMC. “Dr. Osterbrink wants to practice bread-and-butter general surgery in a rural setting and fully appreciates the opportunity to work with a mentor like Dr. Kuhl.”

Osterbrink fills the vacancy left by Dr. Chris Downing — who separated from GRMC last August. Osterbrink’s arrival is welcomed by Dr. Kuhl who has been doing “more than his share of the surgeries” over the past six months.

Osterbrink was raised in Guatemala. There, her father was a linguist — a person skilled in foreign languages — and helped interpret religious doctrine into local language. Her family now lives in Idaho, Schon said, but they still make frequent trips to Guatemala.

Osterbrink earned her medical degree at University of Minnesota Medical School in 2004. She completed her residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Osterbrink worked at St. Thomas Moe Hospital in Canon City, Colo., prior to joining the surgical team at GRMC.

“One of the things that has impressed me while I have considered this opportunity,” Osterbrink said, “is that everyone I’ve talked with is proud of the excellent care provided at Greater Regional Medical Center. For me, it is exciting to have an opportunity to be a part of the team.”

Osterbrink and her husband Ryan Osterbrink have recently relocated to the Creston area. Osterbrink has a strong background in a variety of general surgical procedures, Schon said, and will be an asset to GRMC, Creston and the surrounding communities.

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