MMH Celebrates Community Leadership at Fall Clinics Event

 At the 48th annual Fall Clinics on Friday, September 27, the medical community recognized one physician and one community member for their outstanding contributions to the Hospital, the Community and the Medical Staff.

The Fall Clinics Committee recognized Ken Jenks as an outstanding individual whose impact has a lasting effect on the patients and community he served. Ken is a recently retired physician assistant who practiced for more than 15 years at the Basin Clinic in Naturita. He was known for his calm, quiet, demeanor and dedication to the clinic and area patients. He and his wife Lois continue caring for others as volunteer care providers along the Juarez/El Paso border.

The “Physician of the Year” is chosen based on the on-going contribution to quality medical care, medical staff and hospital activities, community service activities and years of service. The Fall Clinics Committee highlighted the many accomplishments of this year’s recipient, Dr. Thomas (Lou) Dwyer. Dr. Dwyer is active in the community with Pope John Paul II Academy, Community Options, and with the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association in Denver. He is a graduate of Notre Dame, and the University of Colorado, and has practiced with Western Slope Orthopaedics and at Montrose Memorial Hospital for 18 years. He and his wife Tanya have three children, Jack, Gus and Joseph.

The Fall Clinics is an annual educational conference for medical professionals, attracting providers both local and out of state. This year’s conference speakers included Dr. Martin Abrahamson, Associate Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Dr. Guido Frank, Professor in Psychiatry at University of California San Diego; Dr. Peter Hountras, Associate Professor, Medicine – Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care at University of Colorado Hospital; and Dr. Rob Shmerling, Clinical Chief, Division of Rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The event serves as an opportunity to recognize Montrose’s leaders in the medical community.

About Montrose Memorial Hospital (

Montrose Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)3 nonprofit healthcare system serving Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Gunnison, Delta, Hinsdale and San Juan counties. The health system offers a 75-bed hospital and an extensive range of inpatient & outpatient health care services, including cardiology, oncology, minimally invasive surgery, laboratory, medical imaging/radiology, Mountain View Therapy, Level III Trauma Center, Acute Rehabilitation Unit and the family birthing center. The health system partners with regional providers on joint ventures to meet local healthcare needs, including CareFlight air ambulance service and Black Canyon Surgical Center. Montrose Memorial Hospital is the second-largest employer in Montrose County, with more than 700 employees and 100 physicians who represent 23 medical specialties.




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Mavis Bennett

Mavis Bennett

A western Colorado resident for most of her life, Mavis Bennett is the publisher of the Montrose Monitor. She has written for newspapers and magazines more than three decades and founded the popular Monitor Magazine in 2003. This web site is the logical progression for the Monitor.