Mountains in Her Blood
Mission Health Primary Care has once again expanded their services at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. They recently brought Robyn Restrepo, MD, to Highlands, but she is certainly not new to the mountains of North Carolina.
Dr. Restrepo grew up in Waynesville and Maggie Valley and later did her Family Medicine residency at MAHEC in Hendersonville. With mountains in her blood, she lived in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, where she attended Universidad CES in Medellin. While there, she was the Resident Coordinator for Clínicas en el Campo Migrant Health and Prenatal Health.
When asked to think about her ideal job, she knew she wanted to practice the full scope of Family Medicine in a small community, ideally in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Mission Health gave her just what she was looking for.
She is a dedicated doctor of family medicine and says, “For me, the beauty of family medicine is to partner with my patients through these different phases of life. Luckily for me, Highlands-Cashiers Primary Care has developed an innovative hybrid model to allow me to divide my day to do rounds as a hospitalist and then be in the clinic. I will also do rounds in the Eckerd Living Center on a weekly basis.”
Her role as a hospitalist provides Dr. Restrepo the ability to oversee the care of hospitalized inpatients. Up until this point, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has relied on the Emergency Department physicians for dual coverage. This hospitalist role will ensure integrated care and support for patients, a significant step forward for the hospital.
She says she is very excited to be staying in her beloved mountains and looks forward to spending a lot of time outdoors with her husband, her mom and a one-year-old rescue dog. She understands the importance of being a part of a small community and is ready to immerse herself completely in life on The Plateau.
In fact, this sense of community is what led her to become part of Mission Health.
“I’m amazed at their commitment to the community. This is what motivated me to join. I believe we share the vision that people should not have to leave their community for great healthcare. This includes hospitalization where people deserve to be close to home surrounded by their loved ones,” she says.
To reach Mission Health Primary Care in Highlands, call (828) 526-4346; and in Cashiers, (828) 743-2491.