Renea Seagren, United Community Health Center Executive Director, announced today that a permanent full-time medical director has been hired for the center.
Dr. Ubaldo Julian Salazar Alamillo will complete his Residency in Family Medicine June 30, from Bella Vista Family Practice Residency Program in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
In addition to offering a full-time physician's presence at the health center, Dr. Salazar is bilingual in the English and Spanish languages.
"We are very pleased and excited to have Dr. Salazar join our staff as medical director. We feel blessed to have found a bilingual family physician passionate about providing quality care to those in need. His leadership and commitment to service will be a wonderful contribution to our clinic as well as to the community," Seagren said of the hiring.
Dr. Salazar will move to Storm Lake in July and begin practicing at UCHC around August 1. He said he is looking forward to serving the people of Storm Lake in offering primary and preventative health care.
"My mission is not only to provide medical services, but to share some principles to live a healthy lifestyle," he said in an e-mail to Seagren.
The new medical director said he looks forward to the new position and the benefits that life in a small rural community like Storm Lake offers to him and his family.
"I consider it a great privilege to work in a small community, where my children can grow and feel happy, free of the hectic life in big cities," Dr. Salazar wrote.
Dr. Alan Scher has been serving as interim medical director for UCHC since the fall of 2006 as the health center continued to search for a permanent physician.
"We truly appreciate Dr. Scher's willingness to serve the staff and clinic as we searched for our own full-time physician," Seagren said.
Dr. Salazar is a graduate of Montemorelos University in Mexico with a Medical Doctor degree. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association and is licensed by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners among other credentials. Dr. Salazar will take the Family Practice Board exam in July in North Carolina which will certify him as a specialist in Family Practice.
His recent achievements include recognition for Outstanding Performance as a First Year Resident given by the Residency Program Director December 2004. He received the best score in In-Trainings exam for Family Medicine Residents, which is considered the best score in all the history of the Bella Vista Family Practice Residency.