Southwest Health Welcomes New Family Physician

Southwest Health proudly announces the addition of Family Medicine Specialist Christopher Lee Wells, DO, to their growing team of primary care practitioners. With experience in general medical practice as well as obstetrical care for expectant mothers, appointments are now available for Dr. Wells who begins seeing patients February 19 at The Platteville Clinic at Southwest Health.

“Great teams attract great talent, says Southwest Health CEO Dan Rohrbach. “We are enormously fortunate to add Dr. Wells to an already tremendously strong team of primary care practitioners. His skills and abilities not only add depth and breadth to our team but also increase options for people looking to establish that important ongoing partnership with a primary care provider. With Dr. Wells, that also includes young families with future maternity care needs.”

Originally from rural western Nebraska, Dr. Wells performed his undergraduate work at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. He then earned his Doctor of Osteopathy Degree (DO) from Touro University of Osteopathic Medicine in Henderson Nevada in 2010 before going on to perform his internship and residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Waukesha Family Medicine Residency Program in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 2013, Dr. Wells accepted a Family Medicine Position at the Aspirus Ironwood Clinic and Hospital in Ironwood, Michigan where he has since practiced both outpatient and inpatient pediatric and obstetric medicine with obstetrics. There, he also served as the Director of Patient Centered Medical Home and the Director of Neonatal Care and Services as well as a preceptor for medical students and nurse practitioner students. Dr. Wells’ professional interests include maternity care, pediatrics, medical weight loss as well as general family medicine for patients of all ages. His personal interests include physical fitness, college athletics, motorcycles, woodworking, and spending time with his wife Lara and their six year old daughter Abigail.

“For me the most rewarding part of practicing medicine is being able to guide people through various stages of life when they truly need help,” says Dr. Wells. “So naturally, I am delighted to be joining the team at Southwest Health. This is an organization with a strong commitment to families, and they really know how to put patients first.”

In recent years, Southwest Health has made major investments in technology, facilities, and people. Those advancements include making an unprecedented increase in local employed medical staff from two providers several years ago to a professional medical team now 42 strong.

Says Rohrbach, “Our primary care providers like Dr. Wells are the first stop for people with health concerns, and they offer continuing care for a very wide range of health concerns. They also help coordinate one’s care across the full spectrum of services a person may need. For that reason, they’re incredibly important to the quality of life and the health of our communities.”

Southwest Health is a growing, high performing regional health care network that puts patient’s needs first. The organization is also southwest Wisconsin’s second largest employer. On their hospital campus in Platteville, Southwest Health provides wide-ranging, high quality acute care services, including medical and surgical care, emergency, urgent care, and EMS/ambulance services, orthopedics, rehabilitation, women’s health, specialists clinics, a full service eye center, the area’s largest family medical clinic, outpatient behavioral health services for all ages, and customer-oriented retail pharmacy services. Also in Platteville, they operate an inpatient behavioral health facility, providing geriatric psychiatry in a safe and comfortable setting. And in Cuba City, their Epione Pavilion offers long-term skilled nursing care, outpatient rehabilitation, memory care, and a family medical care clinic all under one roof.

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