FAIRMONT, Minn. — Kevin Dirksen, nurse practitioner, Hospital Medicine, recently joined Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont and began seeing patients October of this year. As a hospitalist, Dirksen’s primary professional focus is the medical care of hospitalized patients. His duties include patient care, education and research.
“Following my retirement from the U.S. Navy, I continued to search for opportunities to collaborate with others,” says Dirksen. “Nursing provided an atmosphere of teamwork I found rewarding. Becoming a nurse practitioner seemed the logical next step in my career path.”
Originally from St. James, Dirksen has lived mostly in the Tidewater region of Virginia. After a career in the Navy, he worked as a registered nurse for nine years in a Progressive Care Medicine Unit at VCU Health in Richmond, Virginia and the ICU at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center while attending Virginia Commonwealth University to attain his Bachelor and Master degrees in Nursing.
“Education is the greatest thing I can do for my patients, teaching them to control their chronic conditions to avoid future hospitalizations,” says Dirksen. “I want my patients to know they have a voice in their care, let’s make it your plan, not Kevin’s plan.”
“Adding Kevin to our hospital team is a great benefit to patients who need care here in Fairmont,” says Marie Morris, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont medical director. “Helping a patient find the answers they need to return to their home healthy is what we strive for every day.”
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.
Press ContactMicah Dorfner