new health care providers to Syringa Hospital & Clinics will focus
on women's health issues.
James B. MacMillan, III, MD, board certified, obstetrics, gynecology and gynecology surgery, and his wife, Lynnda Lee MacMillan, ARNP, who specializes in women’s health, will work out of Dr. LeBlanc's former office space at the Syringa Hospital & Clinics Women's Health Center, located at 610 W. North Street. Family practitioner Mark Imus will also remain at the site.
The MacMillans most recently came from Rochester, Wash., where they have been spending time restoring Lynnda's family home place.
"We retired the end of 2004 from our positions in Hawaii but we felt a huge void," James explained. "We had retired not because of health issues or age, but because we had the opportunity to give our practice to the University of Hawaii at that time. We feel we have more to offer and are glad to be here to do it."
An information package sent to the couple by SGH recruiting director Katy Eimers got the MacMillans interested in Grangeville.
"I like the idea of developing a new program and I have had a lot of experience in that area," James said. "The most important thing we intend to do is provide excellent care."
The MacMillans provide care to female patients only - with the exception of fertility treatment - and will focus on the areas of preventive health, education, and major and minor female surgeries.
James grew up in Laramie, Wyo., and Lynnda grew up in Washington. They met at the University of Central Washington "in zoology class over a crayfish,” they smiled.
Prior to medical school they spent two years in the Peace Corps at a remote area approximately 400 miles South of Guam.
James received his bachelor's of medicine and surgery from the University of Papua New Guinea and his master of public health from the University of Pittsburgh where he majored in environmental health. He has worked as an OB/GYN in a variety of places including Papua New Guinea, Hawaii and Texas.
He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Lynnda received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Central Washington where she majored in special education. She received an associate degree in nursing from the University of Hawaii and became a nurse practitioner at UCLA Medical Center. She is a certified nurse practitioner in women's health.
Once the two get settled in at Grangeville, Lynnda will begin offering her services at the SGH Kooskia Clinic one day per week. She also plans to offer a variety of public seminars focusing on women's health issues.
The couple has been married 43 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren. They both enjoy genealogy and she also likes botany, paleontology and the arts. He enjoys riding his horse and basketball. For the past seven years they have spent time each year in Micronesia providing gynecological surgeries at no cost.
"I have played and coached basketball and of course I like to watch it - we've already been to a Bulldogs game," James said.
James said he and Lynnda are glad to be in Grangeville and are looking forward to growing their practice.
Although the MacMillans are not specifically related to Syringa Clinic physician assistant Paul MacMillan, James said they are "definitely in the same clan “from Scotland.
"We want to provide and encourage excellent care," he said. "That's why we are here and we look forward to getting started."
To make an appointment with the MacMillans call 983-5120.