Dr. Aaron Watters, MD
I was born in Colby, a small Western Kansas town. It was there I made a life decision to become a doctor. My mother was a Director of Nursing, and I started early in life working in the health care field. At the age of 16, I started working at the hospital, became an EMT at 18 and worked in Respiratory Therapy to put myself through college and medical school.
I began to realize that being a physician was a calling, not a job. Residency in the trauma center in Houston was a grueling job, but it helped shape my dedication to medicine, and I learned that patient care was my gift. Family medicine residency was the best fit for me. The connection I felt to my patients confirmed this was where I was supposed to be.
I believed that being a physician could be my gift, calling and duty to humankind. I became a family doctor in Ark City, Kansas, for about 20 years. Over the years, I have watched the business of medicine escalate from 1.4 employees per doctor to over eight employees per doctor. Regulations have escalated, to say the least. Through this, I remained a dedicated employee, a member of the hospital board and Chief of Staff. Together, with the hospital and local physicians, we designed and built a new hospital in Ark City. When City, State and Medicare regulations became too cumbersome, the hospital was given back to the city of Ark City to manage.
For the last nine years, I have been an Emergency Room physician, director and hospitalist. I have seen a complete lack of individuality with patient care through this. I have missed spending time with patients and learning what motivates and drives them. I feel our model of spending money on sick patients, rather than focusing on keeping patients well, is a poor national model. Healthcare has escalated to a bureaucracy of epidemic proportions, and we have all become a number. Treatment has dwindled to protocols for everything we do. I feel that each patient is an individual and responds differently. These protocols have become mandates, and mandates have become standards of care. I have seen these protocols worsen medical conditions, even to the point of death in some cases.
I have missed getting to know my patients, getting to celebrate their accomplishments with health, really helping them live healthier and happier lives, being a small coach, mentor and friend. If genuine, old-school, personal healthcare for a healthier life sounds good to you, try Liberty MD. The way healthcare should be.