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Two new doctors hired at Southwest Memorial

Southwest Memorial Hospital has hired two new doctors. (Journal file)
Services include family and women’s health and general surgery

Two new doctors have been hired by Southwest Health System, which operates Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez.

Dr. Jessica Kaplan has joined Southwest Medical Group Women’s & Family Health, according to a news release.

Dr. Joel “Kevin” Bagley II has joined Southwest Medical Group’s surgery practice.

Kaplan is an obstetrics and gynecological physician who completed her residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She received her medical degree in 2017 from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Jessica Kaplan

“This tremendous opportunity allows me to provide care to women from diverse backgrounds and practice a broad spectrum of obstetrics, gynecological surgery and primary care,” Kaplan said of her new practice. “I look forward to providing care to our patients throughout every stage of their lives, including navigating important decisions and being part of their most joyful moments.”

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When not working, she enjoys running, yoga and exploring the outdoors with her family.

Bagley is a general surgery physician who completed his residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 2021. In 2015, he received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Joel “Kevin” Bagley II

“I take great pride in being given the ability to practice general surgery for those in times of need,” Bagley stated in the news release. “Every clinic visit or surgery presents a new opportunity to help someone. Whether facing a challenging medical problem or engaging in an intriguing conversation, every new encounter is an interesting one.”

Bagley appreciates the cultural and geographic diversity of the Four Corners, and when not working enjoys hiking, biking and rock climbing.