Q&A with OB/GYN Dr. Kate Skaggs
Valley View Hospital
Glenwood Springs has a new OB/GYN. Dr. Kate Skaggs is bringing her well-established practice from Vail to both Women’s Health at Valley View and Valley View’s Eagle Care Center. She attended the University of Wisconsin Medical School, graduating first in her class. She is the mother of six children ranging in age from 16 to 31.
Q: Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, where I went to high school, college and medical school. I spent one year in Switzerland while in high school, and knew I was destined to live in the mountains someday. I moved to Vail in 2002, working under several different practices. My youngest son, who is 16, is an elite snowboarder and is a national boardercross champion. We will eventually move to Glenwood Springs full time.
Q: Why did you decide to become an OB/GYN?
I wanted to be a surgeon, and I wanted to be a doctor from the bottom to the top. I am now at a point in my career where I am seeing patients I actually delivered!
Q: What do you do for fun?
I am most passionate about my children. I am also passionate about my patients and the mountains. But I am most passionate about my kids. We love to do outdoor activities. We love to ski, bike and hike in the mountains.
Q: Where is the joy in medicine?
I get a tremendous amount of joy in seeing happy and healthier patients! I love what I do, and I hope it shows.
Q: What does patient-centered care mean to you?
What a patient needs is the most important thing I provide. I have to do what’s right for them. I want to be the best doctor I can to that patient.
Q: What is your philosophy about after-hours care?
When you have patients who are high-risk, it’s critical to communicate continuity of care. All doctors and other health-care providers on the team need to be communicating regularly.
Q: You have a reputation for being a good listener. Can you explain?
Patients say I take the time to listen without judgment.
Q: What are the exciting developments in the field of OB/GYN?
There are so many exciting new developments, but I think the one that will help patients the most — and help providers take the best care of patients — will be proper and careful use of computers. What that does is improve communication and keeping things up to date, such as the medication list.
Q: If you could sing a karaoke song, what would it be?
It would be “Let It Be” by the Beatles.
Q: Rumor has it you are passionate about animals. Do you have any pets?
Yes, I am old cat lady! We are very Irish so my cats have Irish names: Finnegan and Griffin. They are both rescue cats.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant here?
I have not had a chance yet to try any restaurants here, but I hear they are amazing, and I am very much looking forward to trying them. We are very excited about moving to Glenwood Springs — it already feels like home.
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