Claud Bays, MD, joined the Internal Medicine Department in 2008. He graduated from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine in 1973 where he had done a residency in psychiatry under the supervision of Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, the psychiatrist portrayed in the book and movie "Sybil." Yet he missed practicing medicine beyond a supervisory role, so Dr. Bays moved to Denver to do a residency in internal medicine and then went into practice there.

Thirty years later, a desire to do missionary work brought Dr. Bays to Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte. "You don't have to go to Africa or the ends of the earth to do things to help where there is need," he says. "In rural America there is a real need for all professional people in healthcare." A year and a half later, Dr. Bays came to SLV Health. "It is intellectually challenging and I am still able to serve in a rural area."

Inspired as a child by his physician father, Dr. Bays says there was never a time in his life that he didn't want to be a doctor too. He sees medicine as a calling, not as a business, and has no doubts about his chosen career path and the places it has taken him. "I would do it again in a heartbeat."

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