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Prayers and Hospital Reputation Bring Orthopedic Surgeon to Community Hospital

July 02, 2015

Community Hospital’s new orthopedic surgeon said his decision to move to McCook came through a process of prayer with his wife and learning about the great reputation of the hospital’s surgery department. As he asked around and gathered information from surgery reps, Molly Garcia, Director of Surgery and her surgery department came up. “They are well known throughout the state,” he said. “The surgery team has a good reputation.” That positive feedback led to contact with Community Hospital and eventually he made the decision to live and work in McCook.

“I like smaller hospitals,” he said. They are a lot more personal and fun to work in.”Community Hospital is pleased to announce the arrival of orthopedic surgeon Christopher Ihle, M.D. Dr. Ihle (pronounced E-lee), began seeing patients at the hospital on June 29. He will see patients and provide surgery at Community Hospital four days a week.

He specializes in general orthopedics and enjoys treating all ages; providing:

• adult joint reconstruction

• orthopedic surgery for the foot, ankle, shoulder, knee and wrist

• sports medicine

With his arrival, he brings some new pain management treatments for the total knee replacement, as well as custom knee replacement prosthesis for both total and partial knee replacements.

Dr. Ihle attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for his pre-med studies and was accepted to the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. After completing medical school, he attended the prestigious Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, where he completed his five–year orthopedic residency. He completed a sports medicine and knee reconstruction fellowship at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine in Long Beach, California in 1985. He is board certified in orthopedics.

Dr. Ihle was born and raised in Norfolk, Nebraska until he was 16 years old before moving to Omaha. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children out of the home, Christopher, Morgan and Colby, and three “hairy children” including two St. Bernard show dogs and one Parsons Russell terrier. Their first grandchild, Ruby, was born in February.

They have purchased a home in McCook. He is a pilot and loves fishing, hunting, snow skiing, scuba diving, photography and cycling.

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