As of Aug. 1, the Rim Country had a new addition to its medical community. Dr. Patrick Harrison began practicing at the Payson Regional Bone & Joint, 126 E. Main St., Payson.
Originally from Utah, Harrison studied medicine in Kansas City and was a flight surgeon with the U.S. Army, serving in Asia and Alaska. This is his first stint in private practice. He said he and his wife, Shari, made a conscientious choice to make their home in a small town once he left the service. He interviewed at seven different hospitals and had seven offers.
Harrison said he accepted the offer in Payson because it offered the perfect combination of being a small town with mountains, hunting and golf courses.
“The job let’s me do what I like to do — total joints and caring for arthritis patients,” Harrison said.
He has been impressed by the small-town charm of Payson and said his patients have been exactly what he thought they would be: outdoor loving; having lots to talk about; and very down to earth.
The area’s older population has needs to which he can cater and brings a couple of new things to their care: an anterior approach to hip issues, which is minimally invasive and requires no hip precautions; and patient-specific total knee replacement using imaging. There is a possibility Harrison may get involved with PRMC’s sports medicine program. He loves football so much he started training his son, Hunter, 13, when he was just 3 months old, he joked.
Harrison and his wife also have two daughters, Brie, 11 and Aspen, 9.
“This is a great place to be. The kids made friends fast and they and my wife love it here,” he said.
Payson Regional welcomes doctor
The Rim Country has a new doctor of family medicine. The Payson Regional Medical Center recently brought Dr. Kevin Raymer to the community from Wichita, Kan.
It was actually more because of his wife than PRMC, he joked. His wife, a surgeon, is a graduate of the University of Arizona Medical School and by returning to Arizona to practice in a rural area (she starts in September) she is meeting her obligation to the Arizona Medical Student Loan program, which provides educational loans to be repaid through service in an eligible area in the state. On top of that, her parents live in Scottsdale and the Drs. Raymer have a 15-month-old son.
Raymer is originally from Russell, Kan. and earned his degree from the University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kan. He finished his residency in 2008 and completed a fellowship training the following year. Before coming to Payson, he was practicing at a community health clinic.
While he has only been in business here a little more than two weeks, he said the area and its residents have made a good impression on him.
“There is nicer weather here,” he said.
The fact that his practice is so new also means he is still taking patients and that means anyone of any age for any problem.
In their free time, Raymer and his wife like to get outdoors and he enjoys hiking, hunting and fishing.
Each year he and his wife also try to go on a medical mission to underserved areas. The Raymers have traveled to Zimbabwe, India, Papua New Guinea and the Dominican Republic on some of their medical missions.