Doctor joins family medicine team at Grand River Health |

Doctor joins family medicine team at Grand River Health

Dr. Heath Cotter was recently hired on as a member of the family medicine team at Grand River Health. He started seeing patients at Grand River Health Clinic 2 in Rifle Monday, July 6.
Courtesy of Grand River Health |

Grand River Health recently announced the addition of Dr. Heath Cotter to the family medicine team.

Cotter received his Bachelor of Science from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine in 2007 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and went on to complete his residency at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Most recently, Cotter practiced as an emergency physician at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas. Prior to that, he spent four years in private practice in the Texas panhandle where he maintained an outpatient clinic, hospital practice, provided nursing home and hospice care in addition to working in the local emergency room.

“We are very happy to welcome Dr. Cotter to Grand River Health,” said Lois Kame, administrative director of clinics. “He will be a huge asset to Grand River and a great fit for both our patients and our organization. Dr. Cotter will play a big part in assisting us to continue to grow our family medicine program.”

Cotter, who was born in Monte Vista, Colorado and raised in Texas, recently moved to Parachute with his wife Sabina, their three children and an Australian shepard. The entire family adores Colorado, he said, adding that they have made annual visits to the Western Slope to visit family.

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“We have been searching for an opportunity in western Colorado. I was told about lots of options on the Front Range, but we knew that was not where we wanted to be,” he said. “When the call came from the recruiter about an opportunity in Rifle, I knew exactly where they were talking about.”

Cotter began seeing patients at Grand River Health Clinic 2 in Rifle Monday, July 6.

“I look forward to building a relationship with my patients. I think the more a patient understands their disease, the more they can take ownership of their health,” he said. “My job as a physician is to help my patients understand their diseases and teach them how to take control of their health, so they can live long, fruitful and productive lives.”

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