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Susan Brown

Due to increased patient demand for primary care services, DCMH Primary Care Family Medicine located at 311 Palmer in Delta will now be the central location for Dr. Jesus Ochoa, board-certified family medicine and a newly employed board-certified family nurse practitioner, Susan Brown.

Colorow Family Medical Care in Olathe closed Sept. 29 to provide time for the staff to move to the Delta clinic location. Starting Tuesday, Oct. 6, DCMH Primary Care - Family Medicine is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic is closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. daily and on Thursdays. Call 874-6158 for appointments.

Susan Brown, FNP-BC, has been a board certified family nurse practitioner for three years. She graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing with her BSN and then completed her MSN at the University of Indianapolis. She has been practicing primarily in urgent care and primary care settings since graduating as a nurse practitioner. For the last two years, she has also been adjunct faculty at the University of Indianapolis in the graduate nursing program.

As a floor nurse, Brown worked in pediatrics, oncology, general medical-surgical, PCU and case management. Prior to becoming a nurse, Brown practiced as a chemical engineer for five years in the pharmaceutical industry after graduating from Purdue University School of Engineering. Brown is from Indianapolis, Ind., but lived in Baltimore and Denver prior to moving to Delta. She and her husband Peter enjoy any and all outdoor activities, especially hiking, skiing, camping, snowshoeing and anything that includes their two dogs.

Families seeking pediatric care for their children may call DCMH Primary Care Family Medicine with Dr. Ochoa and Susan Brown, FNP. Families have additional options for care with Pediatric Associates in Delta and Montrose, or they may reach out to other offices in the community to see if they are accepting new patients. If immunizations are required, the Delta County Health Department offers immunizations. A KidZ Clinic, associated with the Delta County School District, also offers health services for children.

For immediate medical attention, families may also select the DCMH Urgent Care Clinic, open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily and 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. on weekends, or the Delta County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department which is open 24 hours a day.

There is also a plan by the Delta hospital to open a new primary care clinic in Hotchkiss in November with two providers offering access to medical services to North Fork families.

"In an ever-changing environment in health care reform, Delta County Memorial Hospital is constantly seeking ways to help our patients with access to primary care providers and still keep the hospital and clinics financially viable," stated hospital CEO Jason Cleckler.

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