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New surgeon joins hospital

Ennis Regional Medical Center has welcomed its newest member to the team with the addition of Dr. Mario Salazar earlier this month.
Salazar comes from Edinburg, Texas, and has worked and studied in different cities all over the country. Before becoming a doctor, he studied history and taught school. He says his move to the medical field was a natural progression of finding a balance in his abilities.
“Growing up, my father could fix anything and I took a more academic route,” he said. “I always envied that he could do things with his hands and had a practical skill. I wanted to find a balance in my life where I could merge the academic mindset with the practicality of doing something with my hands and being a surgeon creates that balance for me.”
However, he does enjoy teaching and hopes at some point to be able to use his life experiences to teach others, whether it be in medicine or history.
“Years from now if you were to look me up, I hope to be in a college setting using the knowledge of my years and my experiences to teach others,” he said. “I think that is a part of me that I’ll always want to explore.”
In the meantime, he is very happy to call Ennis home as he and his wife Audrey get settled and experience all the city has to offer. While visiting the hospital and completing the interview process he knew Ennis was going to be the right fit for him.
“The number one thing that drew me here was the hospital,” he said. “It is a great facility with modern features that has a quaint feeling about it. Everyone was very welcoming and I got a sense that people were sincere in their well wishes. The physicians have been supportive and encouraging. The other part was that the city was modern and clean with a growth potential that will keep it from being stagnant and I wanted to be part of a small town. It is also only 30 minutes from Dallas and that was also a factor.”
Salazar is ready to become part of the community and looks forward to building relationships with families and getting to know his patients. He says his main goal is to help the hospital continue to take great care of their patients and continue to grow and remain a successful small town hospital.
“I think if we take care of patients and stay busy to help make the hospital successful that in turn, I will be successful,” he said. “It will only be a great thing for the city to have a successful hospital and by taking care of my patients and helping make the hospital a trusted place for patients I hope to have the reputation of being a good doctor, doing a good job. All of my personal goals will fall in line if the bigger picture is taken care of and I want to help with that as much as I can.”

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