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GRH Children’s clinic welcomes Dr. Lim

Dr. Lim is enthusiastic about practicing at the Grande Ronde Hospital Children’s Clinic.

There is one more reason to trust your children’s health care to the professionals at the Grande Ronde Hospital Children’s Clinic.

Earlier this month Melindres “Meldy” Lim, MD, joined fellow physicians Kevin Grayson, MD, and Michael Hetrick, MD.

As a pediatrician, Dr. Lim says her style is to engage parents in joint advocacy to keep their children healthy.

“After all, who knows their child better than they do?” Dr. Lim asks. “I never brush off a parent’s concern. Parents are with their children more than anyone else. They know when something is wrong.”

Dr. Lim is enthusiastic about practicing in a smaller community. She likes taking plenty of time with her patients, and she encourages parents to ask lots of questions.

“I tell parents there are no stupid questions—especially for first-time parents,” she says. “And even for those parents with four kids—every child is different. What worked for one may not work for another.”

She believes parenting is 90 percent instinct and 10 percent common sense.

Time for a change

Dr. Lim comes to La Grande from New Jersey, where she has been in private practice for 14 years. Before that she was on staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York, where she also served as chief resident of pediatrics during her residency training. She also spent time working in a chronic care facility for children with diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

“That was a sad job. It really made me feel lucky to go home after work and see my own healthy kids running around like crazy,” she says.

Dr. Lim and her husband, Rodrigo, a neurologist who will also join Grande Ronde Hospital (GRH) later this year, have been married for 21 years. They have three children: a 19-year-old son in college, a 15-year-old daughter and another son who is 5.

With time for her own family at the top of her priority list, Dr. Lim was intrigued by the quality of life afforded in a smaller, rural community. In addition, after the rigors and headaches of private practice, she is looking forward to the opportunities of working for the hospital’s pediatric clinic.
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