WINTERS – A new physician started last week at the North Runnels Hospital clinic and is slated to provide the community with healthcare that they may otherwise have to receive in an out of town medical setting.

WINTERS – A new physician started last week at the North Runnels Hospital clinic and is slated to provide the community with healthcare that they may otherwise have to receive in an out of town medical setting.

Dr. Hetal Gandhi began practicing on March 22, filling the vacancy left by Dr. Kenneth Winton, who resigned a year ago. North Runnels Hospital will host a reception for Dr. Gandhi from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 in the hospital lobby.

Gandhi, who originally hails from India, comes to Winters from Sugarland, where he has been providing emergency room care as well as urgent care, community care, state supported living care and correctional care.

He graduated in 2006 and came to the U.S. where he did his residency at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens, New York.

Gandhi said he is happy to be in Winters where he can utilize all of his medical skills which include neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology and pulmonary care.

“I like working in a rural area where I can use more of my skills,” Gandhi said. “I can see the patients and they don’t have to drive somewhere else.”

North Runnels Hospital Clinic now has two providers, Dr. Mark McKinnon and Dr. Gandhi.

Gandhi came to Winters for the interview and the North Runnels Hospital Board made the decision to hire him on March 6.

“The community has expressed concerns about NRH getting another physician,” said NRH CEO Judy Espitia. “We are very excited to have him.”

Gandhi and his wife Pallavi, have two children and will be moving to the Abilene area soon, he said.