By Scott Bidroski
A New Face helps Sheridan County patients at Gordon Memorial Health Services.
Chris LaRose, nurse practitioner, has been on GMH staff since July 22, 2021.
And since then, it’s a perfect fit.
“The Gordon community has been very welcoming. I met some wonderful people and everyone made me feel right at home, ”said LaRose.
“Life in a small town is what I have always enjoyed and one of the reasons I chose this neighborhood,” he added.
LaRose admits his path to healthcare is something he found by accident. His initial plan was to become a wildlife biologist. But through his experiences with a local volunteer fire department, he pursued a career in firefighting / EMS thereafter.
This path took her to work full time at the Level 1 Trauma Center until the opportunity presented itself to become a health care provider, and LaRose took the plunge to become a nurse practitioner.
His medical training includes emergency medicine, cardiology and peripheral vascular disease. LaRose has been in the healthcare industry for over thirty years in total.
Some specialties that LaRose brings to the table are emergency and cardiac medicine with over twenty years of service in these specific areas.
When the time came for his next chapter, LaRose said the decision to move to Gordon was one he didn’t regret.
“Community is the main reason for choosing Gordon Memorial. To be honest, I felt right at home the first day I arrived in town, ”LaRose said.
“The idea of working in a critical access area has been a passion for several years,” added LaRose.
LaRose cherishes her work and the ability to build relationships and trust with her patients.
“My favorite thing about caring for patients is getting to know them as a person. I think getting to know your patients on a personal level enables me to provide better care.
When she’s not at work, LaRose really enjoys all things the outdoors. The vast and vast country of Sheridan County was a major draw for LaRose’s move.