November 2, 2006

Kirksville Doctor Returning To Roots at SCMH

It was just for a week, but Dr. Elliott Hix, Jr., can trace his start in the medicine field to Scotland County Memorial Hospital. After 25 years, Dr. Hix has returned to Memphis to join the staff on a more permanent basis. Hix started on October 30th as SCMHís new emergency room director. The board certified emergency medicine physician also will act as the hospitalís medical director for the ambulance service. After spending the past two years working in family medicine with the Northeast Missouri Health Council in Kirksville and Milan, Hix is returning to emergency medicine, the field in which he has more than 20 years of experience in Missouri emergency rooms. The Kirksville native graduated from college and went on to medical school at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated in 1980. After completing his internship at Richmond Heights General Hospital in Cleveland, OH, he returned to Kirksville. Unsure of his career path in medicine, Hix said he heard that the Memphis area was uncovered as both the communityís physicians were away. ďI hadnít really made up my mind about family practice or emergency medicine, so I hadnít settled on my job offers,Ē Dr. Hix stated. ďI heard Scotland County Hospital was without its doctors for a short period so I contacted the administrator, and before you knew it, I had my first job.Ē While it only lasted a week, Hix said it is ironic that he has come full circle back to the facility where he got his start. ďOutside of a seven-year period I spent in Jefferson City, I have been in Kirksville and I simply love the area,Ē he said. Hix heard about the job opening in the SCMH emergency department through Dr. Robert Jackson, another Kirksville physician who works in Memphis. ďI bumped into Dr. Jackson in Kirksville and he mentioned that the hospital here in Memphis was considering expanding its emergency room coverage,Ē he said. ďThe timing was perfect.Ē Dr. Hix credits the chance meeting with his former medical school buddy for bringing him to Memphis. While he plans to continue offering services in family medicine through clinical settings, his predominant duties will be emergency room coverage at SCMH. ďThe emergency room is there for car accidents and other crisis,Ē Hix said. ďBut what a lot of folks donít realize is that the ER is also utilized for urgent care, particularly in instances when patients simply cannot wait to schedule appointments with the family physician or in the clinic setting.Ē

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