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Orthopedic surgeon joins GRHS medical personnel

Orthopedic surgeon Patrick Hurley, doctor of orthopedics (OD), recently joined the medical staff at Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS).
Dr. Hurley provides surgical care for bones, muscles, ligaments and joints that have been affected by injury due to trauma or overuse, or chronic conditions such as arthritis. He sees patients in the Glencoe clinic on Tuesdays and performs surgeries on Thursdays.
Dr. Hurley began his medical career as a family medicine physician in the U.S. Air Force.
“When they learned I was from Minnesota, they asked me to also be the hockey team physician,” he said. He later added the football and basketball teams to his medical responsibilities. “That’s when I realized I would rather be an orthopedic surgeon,” he said.
Dr. Hurley received his medical degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa. He completed a family practice residency at Elgin Air Force Base, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and his orthopedic surgery residency at Texas Tech University and Health Sciences, in Lubbock, Texas.
After serving in the Air Force for 13 years, Dr. Hurley returned to his home state of Minnesota in 1997 to work as a surgeon at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists in Alexandria. He left that practice to join GRHS.
“I’m impressed with the therapists and the extensive rehabilitation facilities in Glencoe, and with the professional and caring operating room staff,” he said.
Dr. Hurley specializes in total knee and total hip replacement, elbow and shoulder surgery, and trauma to hands, wrists, forearms, ankles and feet.
Through his years of experience, he has learned the importance of treating patients as a whole.
“I can best help my patients if I know more about their lives than their injuries,” Dr. Hurley said. “Knowing the bigger picture – the type of work they do, their activities and their ability to accommodate their lifestyle to their injury – helps me provide optimal care and helps patients achieve a successful outcome.”
Having grown up in Minnesota, Dr. Hurley learned to fish and downhill ski at a young age, and continues both activities today.
“I especially enjoy ice fishing with my wife, Paula,” he said, “and I also love to duck hunt.”
Dr. Hurley volunteers with Ducks Unlimited, and also enjoys deer and pheasant hunting. The Hurleys have two adult daughters.
To watch a video interview about Dr. Hurley, visit grhsonline.org/hurley.
Patients seeking orthopedic care may call GRHS at 320-864-7080 or 1-888-526-4242, ext. 7080, to schedule an appointment. They can learn more about GRHS orthopedics providers and services at grhsonline.org/orthopedics.