Beatrice Community Hospital has a new doctor, Ben Thayer, who cared for his first clinic patient at Gage County Medical Clinic this week.
Thayer is a third generation doctor from Sidney, Neb.
“My grandfather was a general practitioner and delivered babies, did small surgeries, saw patients for chronic conditions and acute problems like that," he said. "My father was a general surgeon. I had lots of experiences with the medicine and the medical community and hospitals, so I felt very comfortable with that."
Thayer also enjoyed studying sciences in school, so he decided to study pre-medicine as an undergraduate.
In 2011, Thayer graduated medical school in Omaha. He said one of the special moments of his career was when his father was the one to place a white coat on Thayer during his White Coat Ceremony.
Thayer did his residency at Lincoln Family Medicine Residency Program in Lincoln. Following the completion of his residency, he practiced at Southwest Family Health in Lincoln for five years.
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He said he missed that “community feel” that comes with living and working in a small town, which prompted the move to Beatrice.
It also helped that his wife is a Beatrice High School graduate of 2003. He and Brooke have two kids, Briar and Banks.
“It’s been really nice to have someone with some background familiarity with the community,” Thayer said. “That was one of the other very, very helpful things as we considered making the transition, that we already knew a handful of similar-aged couples who are in similar stages of their life who have come back to Beatrice. I think that that was a big reason why we decided to jump in, because we felt like this was going to be a very vibrant, growing community.”
Thayer said he chose family practice because he likes everything it entails.
“I like pediatrics, I like geriatrics, I enjoyed some of the minor surgeries and things like that," He said. "But with some of the specialty treatments and visits, you miss the follow ups and the continuity. That was something I really enjoyed about family practice, is that I can follow you for years and years and years to come and get to know you really well and take good care of you.”
Thayer is currently accepting new patients, and works weekdays except Wednesdays. Those interested in seeing him can call the Gage County Medical Clinic at 402-228-3436.