Dr. Enrique Alfaro, one of the most popular doctors to have ever practiced in Mesquite, has announced his departure.
Dr. Alfaro is moving to St. George where he will be employed as a Hospitalist with the Intermountain Health Care hospital. His last day at the Mesa View Medical Clinic in Mesquite is set for Jan. 28.
He wrote an open letter to the Mesquite community saying, ““As is the case in most of our lives, there comes a time when difficult decisions have to be made with personal choices regarding family life, professional endeavors, etc.
“So, as I looked at my professional life, I decided I needed to narrow my focus and as such also expand my focus on my family as well. My wife and I found an opportunity to accomplish this at a different location. Therefore, we have decided to make this move.
“It was a privilege to have served this community over the last few years and we are grateful for the chance to have done so.
“I am leaving clinical medicine practice for now and leave a group of capable providers at the clinic. The hospital will continue to prosper as it grows and sets up new service lines.
“If you do have chronic health issues, keep track of it and do the best you can to modify the risks you can do something about and continue to follow up with your provider.
“My counsel to you is as simple as it has been during our encounters in the office, which is to exercise, eat a well-balanced diet, don’t smoke, stay social, be happy, attend your church and keep a good relationship with your creator and while still on earth, stay true to your family, your God and your dreams.”
He has been with the local clinic for 16 years, practicing in Cedar City, UT for approximately 17 years before that. He attended medical school in Loma Linda, CA and did his internship at the LDS hospital in Salt Lake City, UT. Medicine runs in his family with his father and two brothers practicing medicine.
His wife Wendy, told the Mesquite Local News that Dr. Alfaro decided that he would take the Hospitalist position in St. George after seeing it advertised. “It’s something he has always wanted to do. He’s going to work with cardiology specialists. He’ll also have a more regular and shorter work schedule. That will give him more time to spend with his family, especially his two favorite twin granddaughters.”
Dr. Alfaro will not have a clinical practice in St. George. According to Wendy, “he is very sad to leave his patients here and also to leave the hospice service that’s he’s been affiliated with. He loves his work here and he loves the people in Mesquite. It’s been a difficult decision.”
The Mesquite Local News speaks for all the people in the community by saying “Farewell Dr. and Mrs. Alfaro. You gave all of us the very best of you.”