By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Dr. David Younger and his wife, Kay, wanted to move closer to their daughter who lives in Cheyenne, Wyo.
The couple now lives in Goodland, Kan., where Younger has practiced family medicine for the past 13 years.
They figured they’d end up in Wheatland, Wyo., about 45 minutes from Cheyenne, until they learned about the opportunity at the Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH).
“When we came, we just fell in love with the town and the people,” Kay said Monday during a visit to Imperial. And, they’re still several hours closer to their daughter.
Awaiting Nebraska license
Dr. Younger will begin his tenure with CCCH as soon as his Nebraska medical license is issued. Hospital Administrator Steve Lewis expects a mid-September time frame for that to occur.
Younger received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and finished med school at Wake Forest in 1979.
He completed his family practice residency in 1982 in Wheeling, W.Va.
He began practicing medicine in Burlington, Colo., and stayed there for 20 years.
When one of the students he mentored at Burlington returned to practice in Goodland, she wanted him to join her. That was 13 years ago.
So how did someone from North Carolina end up practicing family medicine in the Heartland? Just ask Kay.
Kay grew up in Denver until she was age 10, when the family moved to North Carolina.
She attended college at Morningside in Iowa, graduating with a degree in music education.
Kay’s brother worked in the Wheeling hospital where Dr. Younger was doing his residency and showed him a picture of his sister. Unbeknowst to Kay, Dr. Younger said he was going to marry that girl.
Kay was still living in Iowa but returned to North Carolina when her mother had surgery and the two met.
One date turned into 38 years of marriage. Kay wanted to return to Denver but Burlington was as far as they ever made it.
The couple have four grown children. David, 33, is in the Army, stationed at Fort Riley, Kan. Karna, 31, is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Scott, 29, does construction in Salina, Kan., and Mallory, 28, is a third grade teacher in Cheyenne.
Younger fills OB void
Lewis said they are excited to be adding a doctor with his background and experience. “We feel he’ll be a great fit here,” he said.
Dr. Younger has signed a three-year renewable contract with the hospital.
His addition will help fill a need for obstetric care, Lewis said.
Presently, Dr. Jon Richman is the only doctor providing obstetric care through the delivery at CCCH. He will now be joined by Dr. Younger, who brings extensive experience in obstetric care, as well.
As a family practice doctor, Younger has built a wide range of skills which include emergency room and trauma care, colonoscopies, C-sections and more.
Younger said he’s a strong advocate of patient education and preventive care and likes to spend time researching that area.
Both Younger and his wife enjoy music. Younger plays the viola and Kay stays close to the arts as the Director of the Goodland Art Center. Younger also enjoys gardening.
Lewis said the hospital will continue to recruit medical professionals for the staff.
He said he’s meeting with the medical staff next week to discuss the direction for further staffing.