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At UHD, ‘the doctor(s) will see you now’

By Staff | May 10, 2015

A?couple who works together, stays together.

While this may not always be the case, it is for two new doctors at United Hospital District in Blue Earth.

Paul and Mary Trites both joined UHD in April and have been enjoying it since.

“We have both done medicine for more than 20 years, so the transition (to Blue Earth) was pretty seamless,”?Mary says. “I’m very much at home.”

And Paul agrees, except he had somewhat of a head start in his transitional phase to UHD.

For about 10 years, Paul had been doing a lot of contract work with various medical facilities throughout the country allowing him to work at a hospital for a week or so and then go on to where the next contract would be.

“I?worked in Arizona, Michigan, Colorado…”?he says, just to name a couple of the many different places he has traveled.

But, in October of last year, his work brought him right here to Blue Earth where he filled in at UHD.

“I?really liked working here,”?he says of his time serving a contract at UHD in October.

So, the Trites heard about a couple of openings, not too long after, and decided to pursue it.

“We became aware of this opportunity and this was more of what I enjoy doing,”?Mary agrees.

She is certified in family medicine and explains that many practices in the Twin Cities encourage doctors to narrow the scope of their work.

“But here we are trained on a wide scope and encouraged to focus on the wide scope,”?she says.

Both Paul and Mary earned their medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Paul went on to complete his residency at the University of Minnesota unit in internal medicine at Abbott Northwestern.

Now he is trained in advanced trauma life support, advanced stroke life support and pediatric advanced life support.

Mary completed a family medicine residency at Regions Hospital in St. Paul and has been certified in family medicine since 1989.

“I?enjoy the people in this area; you have really loyal patients,”?Mary says. “And, you have better continuity of care in a small town.”

Mary adds that as a family doctor she enjoys seeing the same patients each time and feels it is important to know people’s history, both personally and medically.

“It helps to guide the advice you give them,”?she adds.

For Paul, he was also ready to trade in his traveling for the position here in Blue Earth.

“I sometimes miss the traveling aspect, but there are advantages both ways and right now I?like being with my family more,”?he says.

When they are not busy with work, both Paul and Mary enjoy the outdoors and they feel their move to Blue Earth will only supplement their hobbies.

Paul enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, traveling and photography.

“I grew up on a farm and I?enjoy doing things in the country,” he adds. “There are a lot of old barns in this area which are great to photograph.”

Mary has similar interests as far as outdoor activities go. She also likes to camp, garden, ski, bike and hike.

“My parents had family gardens probably two acres and that’s where I?learned how to garden,”?she explains.

The couple is excited about being in the area where they can work and enjoy many of their outdoor hobbies.

But for now they are enjoying their new position at UHD?where they already feel right at home.

“I have to say Cande (Arends) has been extremely helpful; she integrates everything together really well,”?Mary says. “You can see the tremendous amount of work they have done to make UHD what it is today.”

Paul agrees and says the teamwork that has been established at UHD?has made them feel very welcome.

“The greatest challenge has been getting to know everyone,”?Mary adds.