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New pulmonologist provides services at HRRMC

Christopher Merrick, M.D., of Pulmonary Associates, PC will provide pulmonology services at the Christopher MerrickHRRMC Outpatient Pavilion, 1000 Rush Dr., Salida, beginning Sept. 1. Dr. Merrick will provide services along with Drs. Rains and Suckling.

“We are so fortunate to have such a high-quality medical staff at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center and the pulmonologists are no exception. While we are sad to see Dr. Ruff go, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Christopher Merrick to the HRRMC medical team,” said HRRMC Vice President of Business Development Peter Edis. “With the prevalence of such devastating diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract, such as asthma, COPD, lung cancer and pulmonary hypertension, offering pulmonology services locally couldn’t be more meaningful to our community.”

Dr. Merrick earned his degree in medicine from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

He completed a residency in internal medicine at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Merrick is board certified in pulmonary disease and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

“I greatly look forward to partnering with local doctors to enhance the respiratory health of individuals in and around Chaffee County,” said Dr. Merrick.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (719) 530-2000.