New family physician hired at Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic

New family physician hired at Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic The Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic is pleased to announce that Dr. Roy Mortinsen, a graduate of The University of South Dakota School of Medicine, will be joining the practice in August, 2002.

Mortinsen is currently finishing his residency in family practice at the University of North Dakota Family Practice program in Grand Forks. Mortinsen is spending the month of December on an elective rural rotation at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic and will be in the community intermittently until beginning his practice full-time in August 2002.

Mortinsen's special interests include obstetrics, sports medicine, and emergency care in addition to general family medicine. While in medical school he authored articles on rural medicine and newborn complications. During residency he has focused extra attention on his training in obstetrics, emergency care and sports medicine.

Mortinsen and his wife, Betsy, are the parents of 1-year-old Jacob. A native of the Arlington area, Mortinsen lived in Vermillion several years while attending USD as an undergraduate and during medical school. He has been a member of the Vermillion National Guard since 1990. His wife, Betsy, is originally from the Yankton area.

"Dr. Mortinsen is a great addition to our medical staff," said John Paulson, CEO, Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center. "Roy and his family are excited to return to Vermillion and will be important contributors to the health and well being of our community. The addition of another University of South Dakota School of Medicine graduate is always exciting, as their training is focused on primary cared and treating the whole family, which is also the emphasis of our Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic."

Dr. Chris Hugo, general surgeon said, "I have enjoyed working with Dr. Mortinsen this month. Roy is very patient-oriented, and well-trained. His special interests will be greatly appreciated by his patients and the medical staff. I see in him contributing to a great future for expanded medical care here in our community."

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