Second orthopedic surgeon joins HRRMC

E. Andrew Jonassen, M.D., has joined the medical staff at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center as a second full-time, local orthopedic surgeon. He will perform total hip and knee replacements as well as general orthopedic surgery at HRRMC.

Dr. Jonassen specializes in joint replacement surgery, including minimally invasive surgery, orthopedic trauma and limb reconstruction. His practice will complement Dr. Robert Hunter’s sports medicine practice in the HRRMC Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

He and his wife, Rosemary, are relocating to Salida from Denver, where he was medical director of orthopedic trauma at The Medical Center of Aurora, a Level II Trauma Center. He was also affiliated with Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center.

“We are very happy to have Dr. Jonassen join Dr. Hunter in our orthopedic practice,” said hospital CEO Ken Leisher. “This is another step in our ability to provide a full range of orthopedic services locally. Dr Jonassen has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Denver-area and will be a great addition to our medical staff. “

Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Jonassen began his orthopedic practice in metro Denver in 1989 with Denver Health Medical Center and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He completed  a fellowship in joint replacement/arthritis at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a second fellowship in orthopedic traumatology at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He has treated complex fractures for more than 20 years.

“I wanted to come to Salida to build a joint replacement program and make an impact in this great mountain valley,” said Dr. Jonassen. “I find that restoring a patient’s function and independence is very gratifying.”

Dr. Jonassen was born in London and earned his medical degree and completed a residency in orthopedics at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Jonassen’s offices are located in The Medical Clinics, 550 W. Highway 50, Salida. He can be reached at (719) 530-2000.

The Citizen is happy to provide a forum for comments and discussion. Please be civil, truthful, and relevant. Please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. Real names are appreciated.

One Response to “Second orthopedic surgeon joins HRRMC”

  1. Jay Moore

    So, now we have a full range of orthopedic services, but no Internal Medicine or Geriatric Physicians.

    Seems there is a surplus of specialized Orthopods out there who think Salida is a great place to be.

    Why should we be worried about a shortage of primary care providers when we can get bones or joint taken care of?

    Well, you all do have hearts, brains, livers, intestines and other various and sundries that are not joints, bones, ligaments or muscles. But, for our local hospital, there is not enough profit in it, and that is the flaw. Not only locally, but most importantly, nationally, in our health care system, there is an exrcruciating shortage of primary care providers coming. What is our local hospital district, property tax supported, doing to approach this? You get another orthopdod.

    You don't get the approach of nurse practitioners, physicians assistants and a Physician as back up, no we get another ortho. But, we outside, don't know the internals of the hospitial politics, physicians can be very nasty inside of closed doors. Believe me, I've been there and done that. The issues over Home Rule are nothing in comparison.


    Like (0)