Mt. Carmel Clinic Welcomes Marcia Hefker

Mt. Carmel Clinic Welcomes Marcia Hefker

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Mt. Carmel Clinic Welcomes Marcia Hefker

Mt. Carmel Health Wellness & Community Center is happy to welcome new Nurse Practitioner Marcia Hefker to the clinic staff. Marcia comes to Mt. Carmel from La Familia Primary Care in Raton, N.M. She and nurse Deb Howard enthusiastically joined the team last week and began seeing patients immediately.

“I love the ambiance of Mt. Carmel. It is wonderful to work in such a beautiful environment with wonderful people,” said Hefker after her first week at her new job.

Marcia is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner having acquired her licensure at the University of New Mexico. She has practiced in Albuquerque, N.M. and Pueblo, CO and at Miners-Colfax Medical Center in Raton; Springer Family Health Center in Springer, N.M. and Ben Archer Health Center in Hatch, N.M. After 5 years of practicing in Raton, Marcia decided the time was right to serve the people of Las Animas County as well.

“She is a wonderful addition to our clinic, and we love working with both Deb and Marcia” said Clinic Manager Mary Lee Biber, explaining that she will see newborns as well as all patients across the lifespan. “The patients that have seen her already love her!”

Marcia began her medical career as an EMT at the young age of 15 through an Ag program at Carizozo High School after she enrolled in a First Aid Class. She worked the family ranch, helping with the cattle and horses and soon became a valuable ranch hand. She performed in several rodeos, competing in NIRA Grand Canyon Region barrel races, but her favorite time on horseback was still working cattle and after two years, she quit rodeo to focus on her studies, graduating and becoming an ER nurse.

“I quickly realized that I didn’t like being in the city,” she added, “and that I wanted to serve patients in a more personable way.” This drove her to pursue a career as a Nurse Practitioner, where she could specialize in rural medicine, helping to increase healthcare services in underserved and far-flung rural corners. As a nurse practitioner she could provide care equal to that of a physician by New Mexico law. She has served over 3,000 patients in the northeastern New Mexico region, many being the type of folks that she knew and respected as a child.

“Growing up ranching, there’s just a different breed of people. My biggest challenge with my ranching patients is that denial and stubbornness seems to be worse than your average person,” she says with a smile. “Their livelihood depends on their being out there all the time so I have to treat my ranching patients with a ‘loose rein!”

Marcia rounds out the provider staff at Mt. Carmel that includes Dr. David Serafini, Dr. David Paz and Nurse Practitioner Cindi McIntosh. We invite all the Colorado cowpokes to stop in and say howdy to Deb and Marcia. They are “looking forward to meeting and taking care of the people of Trinidad and surrounding communities!”

The Mt. Carmel Family Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for urgent and non-emergency treatments. Mt. Carmel accepts all insurances, and same-day appointments and walk-ins if available. Call 719-845-4800 for additional information or to make an appointment.

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