Meet the country doc of Littlefield - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/29/10

Meet the country doc of Littlefield

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Dr. Tony Hedges is one of four doctors in Littlefield. But no question, he's a different kind of country doc. For one, the eagle cap he wears with his scrubs is a reminder of where he's been and what he stands for.

After going to medical school at the age 35, he returned to his military service and delivered 300 babies a month at Fort Hood. A Vietnam Vet, he calls himself extremely patriotic, with a father who served before him, and a son who has served in Iraq. 16-years-ago, Dr. Hedges decided to settle in Littlefield, a place he loves. With a new appreciation of practicing medicine in a small town this country doctor realizes the importance of dr.-patient relationship. "One of the big pluses is you know just about everybody. I mean we got one stop light in town. You know we got a couple of grocery stores. You go to the grocery store and all your patients are at the grocery store. You know them and they know you and you see them all the time. That's actually a huge advantage in taking care of patients; because you know all the stuff they don't tell you when they come in to see you.", says Dr. Hedges. He also adds, "A big part of the reason we practice in the environment we practice in is I walk into a restaurant, one of the 5 in Littlefield, Texas, and immediately I have 3 or 4 5 or 6 year old kids yelling Dr. Hedges, Dr. Hedges, and hugging my leg because I delivered them. I take care of them. I love them and they love me. You know what I'm saying and that feeling, that thing that you get is irreplaceable"

That's a tough veteran with a huge heart and he says it was a big deal for him to be able to help design the clinic, which is perhaps why along with all the advantages of a modern medical clinic. There are eagles all over the place.

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