Lake Health District has welcomed its first OB/GYN to practice at the Lake District Hospital, Dr. Duong Than, MD.
Her schedule will be two weeks on, two weeks off with the other family practice doctors filling in for her when she is not at the Hospital.
Dr. Than came from Providence Centralia Hospital in Centralia, Wash., where she has been the previous eight years. She grew up in Portland, with seven other brothers and sisters. Than wanted to return to Oregon, and got the chance when she heard about the opportunity at Lake District Hospital.
She found out about the position from Dr. Emery Chang, MD, who used to work at the same hospital as Dr. Than. When Dr. Chang came to work at Lake District Hospital he told Dr. Than that she should come as well.
“There is a lot more sunshine here in Lakeview than in Centralia,” said Dr. Than.
When she came for an interview earlier in the year she found the community fairly small, though Centralia is a smaller town in western Washington that sits between Portland and Seattle, Wash.,
“When I came out for the interview I found the community to be super friendly, everyone was nice and very helpful,” said Dr. Than.
As a OB/GYN she will be seeing patients from all over the region who do not want to travel to either Klamath Falls or Bend to see an OB/GYN. She loves the variety that as an OB/GYN in a smaller hospital she will have available. At the Providence Centralia Hospital she was one of four OB/GYN’s, while at the Lake District Hospital she will be the only one, making her days varied.
She will do more than just deliver babies, but will do surgeries both minor and major. Currently the Lake Health District is working on purchasing equipment for her surgeries and she hopes to be able to offer those services soon. She considers herself a generalist, and that is something that attracted her to specializing in OB/GYN care while at Creighton Medical School in Omaha, Neb. While at Creighton she was attracted to both general surgery and OB/GYN care, she did not want to be in a rut doing just surgeries all day long.
As an OB/GYN her day will consist of office visits, checking on pregnant mothers, and newborns, helping to deliver babies, diagnosing cancer though she will not be treating cancer patients but will them to a specialist, and other medical issues faced by women.
“My goal was to be a doctor, my family values the importance of getting a good education, and I have found being a doctor very rewarding,” said Dr. Than.
One of the most rewarding parts of the job is seeing babies born, while she does not know how many she has delivered in her time as a resident in New Jersey or while at Providence Centralia Hospital, she has delivered hundreds in her career.
“I am excited about being the first, and only OB/GYN, at Lake District Hospital,” said Dr. Than.
She describes being the only OB/GYN at a hospital like riding a bike, a little nervous at first having to meet new people and getting used to a new community. Though like a bike it is muscle memory and will become easier and better each day.
“Lake District Hospital is a really nice hospital, with excellent services and the people that work here are really good. My coworkers have been very supportive,” said Dr. Than. “I am excited to serve woman in the area and to be a partner in their healthcare.”
In her spare time she likes to hike and cook. She also likes to spend time with her family, most of them live in Portland, including nieces and nephews that she likes to see.
She is currently accepting patients. For more information call 541-947-2114.