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Roosevelt Medical Center Proudly Welcomes New Family Nurse Practitioner

 

November 16, 2022 | View PDF

Michael Madden. (Photo submitted)

In recent weeks, Roosevelt Medical Center has welcomed its newest provider to its medical team. Michael Madden, a family nurse practitioner, will join the staff as the second facility provider and will work closely with Zoe Fugere, FNP and Dr. Steven Shabodaghi, the medical director for RMC.

"I am dedicated to meeting the frequently complex needs of rural families. I have a passion for working in a rural area because I believe everyone deserves access to quality care. A patient's location should never be a determining factor for whether-or-not they receive the care they need," Madden said.

As a recent graduate of the FNP program at Regis University, Denver, CO, and registered nurse since 2011, Madden brings a strong background in healthcare to RMC ranging from pediatrics to hospice services.

He attended the University of Colorado where he received his bachelor's degree in nursing in 2011 and worked as a nurse at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, primarily in the adults and pediatrics inpatient department and in a family practice walk-in clinic. As a nurse practitioner, he worked at what became Encompass Home Health and Hospice.

Prior to becoming a nurse, Madden worked in telecommunications and hospital information technology. "Working in IT has greatly benefitted the work I do now because I am able to easily navigate new software programs and technology," he said.

As a nurse practitioner with a focus on rural health, he has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including a rural health center, walk-in clinic, and critical access hospital.

While he is the only person in his family to pursue a career in nursing, Madden said growing up with his mother, Linda, an X-ray technologist, inspired his interest in healthcare. "When I was younger, she would let me develop X-ray film in the summer. I really enjoyed being in the healthcare setting where people were making a difference in the lives of others," he recalled.

Madden will be providing well-child checkups, performing physicals, taking care of routine illness in patients, and performing exams. He will also diagnose and treat common health problems such as infections and minor injuries, treat and monitor chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, order labs and x-rays, and provide well-child and family care.

As a nurse practitioner, he also has full prescriptive authority.

"Working in a small community enables you to know your patients on a more personal level. This makes caring for them so much more rewarding because they become more than patients. They become your friends," he said.

 

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