In a rural community like ours, surgery is often only available if one makes the long drive to a nearby city.
Not so in Harney County.

Excellent surgical services are readily accessible at Harney District Hospital on a 24/7 basis!

HDH offers the highest level of quality to surgical patients. A wide range of general and specialty procedures are currently available, and the list of procedures offered to the community continues to expand.

Please talk with your primary care provider and the Surgical Department about your needs. Together you can determine the most appropriate plan for your good health and recovery.

Pre-Op Procedure

If you’re scheduled for surgery, a recovery room nurse will contact you. They will get your medical history, do a brief physical assessment and help you schedule any necessary lab work or other exams. In addition, the recovery room nurse will assist with the surgical pre-admission process and will keep in touch following the surgery to make sure your recovery is smooth.

Use this opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedure, hospital stay and recovery.

The 24/7 coverage model used by Harney District Hospital provides a small, familiar group of surgeons to perform general procedures in a location convenient for our rural population.

For more information about available procedures or our surgeons, please contact our Outpatient Surgical Department at 541-573-8605.

  • Arthroscopic Knee
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cataracts/Glaucoma
  • Hysterectomy
  • Tubal Ligation

If you have additional questions or concerns about the surgical process, please contact Patient Services Coordinator Anna Sawyer at:

(541) 573-8605

Our Surgical Providers

William Barstow, MD

Board Certified  
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Doctor of Medicine: University of California School of Medicine, Davis, CA
Residency: University of New Mexico Hospital – Obstetrics/Gynecology, Albuquerque, NM
Bachelor of Science: California State University at Humboldt, Aracata, CA

Timothy Bollom , MD

Board Certified  
Orthopedic Surgery
Doctor of Medicine: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
Residency: University of Florida, Gainesville FL
Bachelor of Arts: University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN

Morris M. Book, MD

Board Certified  
General Surgeon
Doctor of Medicine: California College of Medicine, Irvine, CA
Residency: West Virginia University of Medicine Center, Morgantown, WV
Bachelor of Arts: Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA

Mitchell V. Brinks, MD, MPH

Board Certified  
Ophthalmologist
Doctor of Medicine: Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
Residency: Casey Eye Institute, Portland, OR
Bachelor of Science: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Corey S. Fawcett, MD

Board Certified  
General Surgery
Doctor of Medicine: Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland OR
Residency: Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield CA
Bachelor of Science: Stanford University, Stanford CA

Anthony Hinz, MD

Board Certified  
Orthopedic Surgery
Doctor of Medicine: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison WI
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, Dallas TX
Undergraduate: Harvard University, Cambridge MA

Jessica Hurwitz, MD, FACS

Board Certified  
General Surgeon
Doctor of Medicine: Albany Medical College, Albany NY
Residency: North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset NY
Bachelor of Science: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY

Jeffrey Mathisen, MD

Board Certified  
General Surgeon
Doctor of Medicine: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis IN
Residency: Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH
Bachelor of Science: Grace College, Winona Lake IN

Susana B Samaniego, MD

Board Certified  
General Surgery
Doctor of Medicine: Chicago Medical School, N. Chicago IL
Residency: Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla NY
Bachelor of Arts: University of Chicago, N. Chicago IL

Nora Takla, MD

Board Certified  
Urology Surgery
Doctor of Medicine: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta GA
Residency: University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City UT
Bachelor of Arts: Washington University, St. Louis MO

Nicole Thomas, MD

Board Certified  
General Surgery
Doctor of Medicine: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo CA
Residency: Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield CA
Bachelor of Science: Purdue University, W. Lafayette IN

James Verheyden, MD

Board Certified  
Orthopedic Surgery
Doctor of Medicine: University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison WI
Residency: State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, Madison WI

Brad Ward, MD

Board Certified  
Neurosurgery
Doctor of Medicine: University of Mississippi Medical School, Jackson MI
Residency: University Hospital, Jackson MI
Undergraduate: Mississippi State University, Starkeville MI

Kaylene Weircox, MD, FACS

Board Certified  
General Surgeon
Doctor of Medicine: Ohio State University, Columbus OH
Residency: Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington WV
Undergraduate: Oakwood College, Huntsville AL

Judith Williams, MD

Board Certified  
General Surgeon
Doctor of Medicine; Medical College of Virginia, Richmond VA
Residency; University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, Iowa City IA
Bachelor of Science; Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg VA