As of Tuesday, August 7, 2018
GRANGEVILLE Syringa Hospital is one doctor richer.
Doctor Michael Matthews recently started at the Syringa Primary Clinic and hospital in Grangeville, but he wasn’t exactly a stranger to the area.
“After colleagues telling me I needed to check out Grangeville, I completed a rotation here last May for two weeks,” he said. “I had a chance to fall in love with the area and the people.”
Matthews’ father was a family physician, and growing up he said what Grangeville and the surrounding areas are, and the health care system here offered, is what he remembers growing up.
“I did not think that existed anymore, but it does exist here, and I am so drawn to this type of care,” he said.
Matthews grew up in Brigham City, Utah, a town of about 13,000, and graduated from high school there. Following this he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, then went on to Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, for medical school.
Following, he returned to Utah and practiced family medicine.
“I wanted the chance to be in a small community – I love what they have to offer,” he said.
He said Grangeville’s beauty, the people and the hospital – the colleagues he would work with, especially – sold him on the idea.
Matthews will be a general physician and will be practicing obstetrics. Those who wish to see him can call the clinic immediately at 208-983-8590 and schedule an appointment.
“The rotation was great, and my family loved it, too,” he said. They stayed in the Soltman Center above the ambulance garage, and his young son “loved seeing the ambulances come and go.”
“He still refers to when we ‘lived in the ambulance house,’” Matthews smiled.
Matthews brings with him his wife of 10 years, Katie, and their three children: Maggie, 6; Sam, 4; and Millie, 1. Katie has a degree in elementary education; however, she is staying home with the couple’s children at this point.
The Matthews family enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities including hiking, camping and fishing. He recently started running and finished his first half-marathon. He speaks Spanish fluently, likes to read non-fiction and follows college football and professional basketball – especially the Utah Jazz.
“I’m very excited to be here and become invested in this community,” he said. “I want to give back and be a part of the lives here in Idaho County.”