Physician joins Grand River Health’s Battlement Mesa clinic |

Physician joins Grand River Health’s Battlement Mesa clinic

Cindy Bjerstedt
Staff Photo |

Grand River Health Clinic West in Battlement Mesa recently announced the addition of Cindy Bjerstedt, MS, PA-C to the Grand River Health Clinic West’s Occupational Medicine team.

Bjerstedt has been a physician assistant since 1980 and since 1997 she has worked for GE’s Aviation Division Corporate Headquarters in Cincinnati providing both occupational health care and ambulatory care to their employees. Bjerstedt began her career in occupational medicine in 1989 when she began working for a clinic similar to the GRHC-West Occupational Medicine clinic.

Bjerstedt said she chose occupational medicine because she loves it.

“It’s like emergency medicine, orthopedics and rehabilitation all wrapped into one,” she said. “Work is such a huge part of people’s identities. When someone is unable to work because of an injury it’s important to help them get back to the job they love, as soon as possible. I enjoy being a part of making that happen”.

Bjerstedt and her husband Bob, moved here from the Cincinnati area. They have four children together, and a black lab named Thome. With their children now grown and moved away from home, Bjerstedt and her husband found themselves looking for a lifestyle change at this point in their lives and careers. Their daughter, Anna, currently lives in Steamboat Springs and with one visit, Bjerstedt said they knew they could easily call western Colorado home.

She casually began searching for openings in Colorado.

“I knew we didn’t want to be in a metro area like Denver and I wasn’t sure I could find what I wanted in a more rural community. When this position became available, it sounded like it would be a perfect match for my skills,” Bjerstedt said. “I love everything about Grand River Health, even the bathrooms.”

Bjerstedt added enthusiastically: “It just felt like home from my very first interview. I knew this was where I wanted to be. My peers back in Cincinnati are incredibly envious, especially when I send them the pictures of the mountains.”

In their free time the Bjerstedts said they enjoy downhill skiing, fly fishing, camping and hiking. They have already done some fly fishing during their trips to Colorado, and hope to fish the Frying Pan soon. They are also eagerly awaiting ski season.

Bjerstedt began seeing patients at the Occupational Health Clinic in Battlement Mesa in early October. For more information, please call 285-5731.

Grand River Health serves Western Garfield County. In an effort to improve the health and well- being of local communities, Grand River operates Grand River Hospital and Medical Center, E. Dene Moore Care Center, Battlement Mesa Medical Clinic, Grand River Health and Safety Center in Parachute and Grand River Student Health Centers in Rifle and Parachute. Grand River’s focus is on offering meaningful clinical, community outreach, and exceptional, local health care.

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