RUIDOSO, N.M. – Beginning on April 3, two family practice providers will transition to serving new patients at clinics in Hondo and Capitan.
Nurse practitioner Suzanne Dennehy, who currently sees patients at Presbyterian Medical Group (PMG) Family Medicine at Lincoln County Medical Center in Ruidoso, will begin seeing patients at PMG Family Medicine in Capitan. At the same time, Linda Owen, also a nurse practitioner, will transition her practice from Capitan to PMG Family Medicine in Hondo.
At the end of June, nurse practitioner Leslie Fitzgibbon will begin seeing patients at PMG Family Medicine in Ruidoso. Fitzgibbon previously served as an emergency room nurse and nurse care manager at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital in Albuquerque.
Both Dennehy and Owen say they particularly enjoy providing care in rural communities.
"Suzanne wanted to return to a more rural community practice, and this was an opportunity to make that happen," said Todd Oberheu, chief hospital executive, Lincoln County Medical Center. "We are confident that they will continue to provide excellent care to our patients at each clinic."
Dennehy was an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque before joining Lincoln County Medical Center in 1990 as ICU manager, followed by positions as director of nursing and then as nurse practitioner at PMG Family Medicine in Carrizozo and Corona. In 2010, she joined the PMG team in Ruidoso. An advocate for preventative services, Dennehy has specialized in diabetes, COPD, and acute and chronic care, as well as women's health needs, for the last nine years. She will continue to see her current patients, as well as new patients in Capitan. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Eastern New Mexico University and master's degree in nursing at the University of St. Francis in Albuquerque.
Owen, who has lived in Alto, New Mexico for many years, joined the Capitan clinic last year. Before that, she worked in family medicine in Alamogordo and previously cared for patients at Lincoln County Medical Center in the 1990s. She is particularly interested in health maintenance and weight management. Owen earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Nevada in Reno and master's degree in nursing from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.
About Lincoln County Medical Center
Lincoln County Medical Center is a county-owned facility that has been leased and operated by Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 1972. This partnership is dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families and communities in Ruidoso and Lincoln County. Lincoln County Medical Center and Presbyterian Healthcare Services operate a hospital, a primary care and specialty clinic, three rural clinics and a countywide ambulance service in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Medical Center is one of nine hospitals run by Presbyterian, which also has a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.