Rheumatologist, plant manager join Family Health West

Dr. Jessica Baer Mears
Gene Farnsworth

Dr. Jessica Baer Mears has joined the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado in Fruita, a service of Family Health West treating complex rheumatological diseases and conditions.

Gene Farnsworth has joined Family Health West as plant operations manager.

“The Arthritis Center of Western Colorado is already booked out months in advance. We are thrilled to have Dr. Baer Mears here to provide her expertise in helping people improve the quality of life and achieve disease control,” said Mark Francis, president and chief executive officer of Family Health West.

Baer Mears attended the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in California and completed an internal medicine residency at the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. She completed a rheumatology fellowship at the Michigan State University McLaren-Greater Lansing Hospital.

Baer Mears belongs to several associations, including the American College of Rheumatology, American College of Osteopathic Internists and American Osteopathic Association.

Farnsworth brings to his new duties at Family Health West experience in project and facilities management, occupational health and safety.

“Gene is an outstanding addition to our health care team,” Francis said. “He brings a wealth of experience to the organization and an uncompromising drive to succeed.”

The Arthritis Center of Western Colorado is located at 576 Kokopelli Blvd, Suite 2. Baer Mears accepts new patients, but they must have a referral from a physician. For more information, call 8958-2590.

Family Health West operates a hospital, outpatient centers, an assisted living center and skilled nursing facility. For more information, call 858-2104 or log on to the website at www.familyhealthwest.org.