Doctor brings more services to rural East

Dr. Patrick Sweet III

There’s a new medical di­rector at Mountain Health & Community Services, Inc.

Dr. Patrick Sweet III is a Southern California native who easily chats with people whether it’s in a clinic or out in the field.

As a boy he dreamed of be­ing a U.S. Navy fighter pilot. He is now a U.S. Navy veteran qualified to provide a variety of medical services in rural East San Diego County.

“I’m a full scope family doctor and I see all patients,” Sweet said during an inter­view. “I also see patients in the hospital. It’s better that I care for them because I know ‘em.”

Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, the doctor has had specialized training in dermatologic, endo­scopic, gynecologic and mus­culoskeletal procedures.

His basic surgery internship was at Naval Medical Center San Diego and he’s had four years of residency training in emergency medicine and ana­tomic pathology.

“Mountain Health is excited to welcome aboard our new Medical Director, Dr. Patrick Sweet, who has a passion to serve rural health commu­nities,” said Rachel Shreve, Mountain Health chief opera­tions officer assistant.

With seven locations in San Diego County, the new Moun­tain Health Family Medicine facility is at 1388 Buckman Springs Road in Campo.

The rural community is a long way from urban medical locations.

“The facility offers pri­mary and family health care, preventive health, chronic dis­ease management, behavioral health, dental services and X-Ray,” Shreve said. “Optometry and pharmacy is coming soon.”

She noted that providing the much needed clinic has helped Mountain Health, a member of the Alpine Chamber of Com­merce, build a strong alliance with the surrounding commu­nity.

It’s the kind of opportunity that Dr. Sweet, who has a his­tory of teaching and mentoring resident physicians and medical students at UCSD and UC Riv­erside, knows how to use.

“I like helping people,” he said about his decision to work in medicine after discovering in college that he liked biology. “I think that I was made for this job.”

Dr. Sweet also will be work­ing at the healthcare system’s Alpine Family Medicine in the Alpine Regional Center at 1620 Alpine Blvd.

“Campo is where the need is the most,” the doctor said. “There’s things that we can do for our patients so they don’t have to go to town, because we can do it here. I’m like a one-stop shop. There’s nothing that’s too advanced that we can’t help with.”

As a medical officer in the ac­tive and now reserve U.S. Navy, Dr. Sweet has deployed with the USS Makin Island, been team physician to reserve Sea, Air and Land (SEAL) Team 17 and battalion surgeon to a battalion light armored recon­naissance unit. He’s now a 14th Marine Regiment surgeon.

The doctor is also a volunteer appointee as a Federal Emer­gency Management Agency (FEMA) medical manager and direct supervisor to Urban Search and Rescue medics dur­ing major disasters.

He’s not all business, of course. On the personal side, Dr. Sweet and his wife, who is a psychia­trist, have two young sons.

“I like off-roading, hunting and fishing and watching my boys play sports,” he said.



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