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Nurse practitioner joins Internal Medicine Associates

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Heather Ford

Heather Ford, an adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, board-certified from Grand Junction, has joined Internal Medicine Associates, an internal medicine practice that is meeting the growing demands for medical care by Delta County residents. In 2012 Ford received the Health Professions Scholars award.

"I am excited to join such a strong group of providers here at Internal Medicine Associates," commented Ford.

She worked at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction for nine years as a registered nurse (RN). Ford worked in medical-surgical inpatient unit, telemetry inpatient unit, as a member of a psychiatric evaluation team, nephrology outpatient clinic, hyperbaric therapy outpatient unit, cardiac short stay in the ambulatory unit, and at the outpatient infusion clinic at St. Mary's. For two years she was a dialy-

sis RN with DaVita in Grand Junction working in chronic dialysis units, an acute inpatient dialysis unit. Ford also was a volunteer manager of the Good Samaritan Free Clinic in Grand Junction. Prior to starting her career as an RN she was a certified massage therapist in private practice in Vail.

Ford graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in biology from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., and her bachelor of science in nursing from Regis University in Denver, also magna cum laude. She earned a master of science in nursing-adult gerontology nurse practitioner from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

She enjoys backpacking, hiking 14,000-foot mountains, camping and gardening. Ford is married with two children.

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