Claxton-Hepburn welcomes new chief medical officer
Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 4:55 pm

OGDENSBURG -- Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has a new chief medical officer.

He is Gary R. Hart, MD, FACP, replacing Dr. Adam Jarrett, who left in August.

Hart received his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Tex., where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. He served as an assistant professor of internal medicine and medical director of the Medicine Emergency Department at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, and then went on to join Medical Arts Clinic Association, as a practicing general internist in a multispecialty clinic with more than 50 physicians. Hart then became the chief medical officer at Navarro Regional Medical Center, Corsicana, Tex., and comes to Claxton-Hepburn from Portneuf Medical Center, Pocatello, Idaho, where Hart was vice president of medical affairs.

Hart is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

“Claxton-Hepburn is the same size medical facility that I have been associated with in the past,” Hart said. “They have built successful relationships between the chief medical officer and medical staff, the administration, and the board of directors, so that physicians do have a voice at Claxton-Hepburn. I hope to continue in the liaison role that my predecessors have accomplished, to continue to build upon these relationships.

“My goals are to help solidify the availability of physician resources in the community and recruiting of new physicians. I also hope to assist the medical staff leadership and the medical staff as a whole, as they continuously improve the health of our community.”

Hart plans to live in the Ogdensburg area with his wife Lou-Ann.

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