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GNMSS Urology expands to three specialists

GNMSS Urology expands to three specialists

Greater Nebraska Medical & Surgical Services (GNMSS) Urology now has three Urologists. In addition to the clinic’s first Urologist (Dr. Stacy J. Childs, FACS; introduced to the community in January), the clinic now has Jamie VanOveren, D.O. and Clay Pendleton, M.D. Dr. Childs is at GNMSS Urology two Mondays of each month, with Drs. VanOveren and Pendleton each covering the other two Monday clinics.

All three specialists practice at the Urology Clinic PC in Steamboat Springs, CO and belong to Rural Partners in Medicine out of that same community. Rural Partners in Medicine was formed by Dr. Bryan Scheer to bring medical specialists to rural settings, giving patients the opportunity to be treated in their home communities rather than having to travel long distances for appointments or treatments.

Dr. Pendleton finished his Urology Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center/MD Anderson Cancer Center in June of 2014. He is Board Eligible in Urology.

It should be noted that U.S. News World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” survey has ranked MD Anderson the nation’s leading cancer care hospital for 10 of the past 13 years. It’s been named one of the nation’s top two cancer centers every year since the survey began in 1990.

He has extensive training in Female Urology (e.g. pelvic floor reconstruction and female urinary incontinence). His residency with MD Anderson also provided in-depth experience in Urologic cancers, training in robotic and minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery as well as General Urology procedures. He has received certifications from Coloplast in Pelvic Floor Reconstruction and Urinary Incontinence, as well as from Intuitive in da Vinci Robotics Systems use. He will treat disorders of both the male and female urinary tract (bladder, ureter, kidney and urethra).

“I’m excited to serve the Alliance area community, especially in the capacity of helping women with pelvic floor reconstruction and urinary incontinence,” he said. “During my first clinic day here I learned that there is a strong need for those procedures, so I’m looking forward to providing care in those areas as well as the whole scope of Urologic procedures for the community.”

Dr. Pendleton will be able to perform most of his laparoscopic surgical procedures at Box Butte General Hospital. Should robotic surgery be requested, Dr. Pendleton and his team would be able provide that service at their Steamboat Springs practice.

He and his wife Lizzy have an 18-month old daughter, “with another baby on the way,” he said. His hobbies include triathlons and marathons, rock climbing, snow skiing, cycling/mountain biking and trail running. He also enjoys everything Italian, having traveled to that country often, as well as learning the language.
Dr. VanOveren finished his Urology Residency at the in the Urology Residency Program at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008, and was named Chief Resident in his final year. He is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. Dr. VanOveren is a partner of Urology Clinic, P.C., and has practiced in the Steamboat Springs area since 2008.

As a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy), Dr. VanOveren’s doctorate and residency regimes focused on training that looks at the whole patient, rather than the injured or diseased part. While that was a major difference from MD (Doctor of Medicine) training in the past, MD programs are also embracing the “whole person” approach.

“I came to the Alliance area because we found there was a need for urology services here,” he said. “I also grew up in a small town like this so that was one thing I wanted to do when I was coming out of residency … to practice in a rural setting. Joining the Rural Partners in Medicine has allowed me to do that. I look forward to serving the area’s residents.”

As with Drs. Pendleton and Childs, Dr. VanOveren will be providing care at BBGH in the whole scope of Urologic procedures for men and women in the Panhandle area and will be able to perform most of his laparoscopic surgical procedures at BBGH. He has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery to treat enlarged prostates, kidney stones, and perform vasectomies.

For relaxation, Dr. VanOveren said he enjoys, “All kinds of outdoor activities including mountain biking, road biking, hiking, snowboarding, and skiing. I also enjoy travel, music, and spending time with my wife Angela and our two sons, our dog, friends and family.”

Appointments with any of the three urologists can be made by calling 308.762.7244.

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