Dr. Compton expands services to include wound care
Since 2008, Scott Compton, D.O. has been employed by Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC). He has served as president of the medical staff and chief of surgery and co-medical director at NRMC, along with Dr. Joseph Dodd. In addition to being a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Compton now also provides wound care and recently become certified in the specialty in December 2017. He renewed his board-certification in orthopedics in June of 2018 after a 3-hour exam.
In order to keep a current board-certification, physicians must take a board exam every ten years and receive ongoing education each year. Through the continuing of education, doctors continue to practice modern medicine as technology and best practices evolve.
“Wound care is really a part of orthopedics because many wounds are located on the lower extremities due to diabetes and vascular problems,” said Dr. Compton. “I find wound care very interesting because the treatment of wounds is rapidly advancing. When I began practicing, amputations were common. Now, many wounds can be healed and amputations can be prevented.”
Currently, there is not a residency program for wound care. The wound care certification is special training that doctors, including many surgeons, have begun seeking in order to better care for their patients.
Dr. Compton grew up in the rural town of Wellington, a Kansas farming community 35 miles south of Wichita. As a young man, he was inspired and mentored by J.C. Hill, D.O., a family friend who was also the family doctor.
After graduating from high school in Wellington, Dr. Compton entered college at the University of Kansas where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. His goal was to become a family practitioner and return home to work alongside Dr. Hill, who was a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Like his mentor before him, Dr. Compton would enter the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience (KCUMB).
The course of the young doctor’s life was altered, however, when Dr. Hill unexpectedly died of lymphoma. Forced to reconsider his options, Dr. Compton discovered during his rotations that he quite enjoyed orthopedic medicine. He completed in residency in orthopedic medicine at KCUMB.
During his medical school rotations, Dr. Compton met Debra, a Florida hospital obstetrics nurse. After his return to the Midwest, the two continued a long-distance relationship until shortly before they were married in 1985. Dr. Compton says until then, the city girl from St. Petersburg didn’t even own a coat.
For the next few years, the couple spent time in Florida, then Indiana, searching for the right place to put down roots. In 1998, the opportunity for work and a home closer to Dr. Compton’s family presented itself in Nevada, Missouri. Here they raised two children and Dr. Compton operated his own orthopedic and sports medicine practice for ten years.
“I like that people are friendly and you get to know each other,” said Dr. Compton. “In the city, you really don’t get to know your patients. Here, there’s a relationship you develop. My patients even bring me food! I have a lot of long-term patients that have come back to me for different problems. They think enough of me to refer their family and friends which I think is the highest compliment.”
When he’s not helping patients, Dr. Compton and his wife enjoy boating with their children near Kansas City. The empty-nesters also spend time at home with their two French Bulldogs. Still a lover of the outdoors, Dr. Compton has been getting into shooting sports with his cohort Dr. Dodd, an avid outdoor sportsman.
“I grew up bird-hunting in Kansas and I really enjoyed it,” said Dr. Compton. “I hadn’t done it for a long time and Dr. Dodd is so passionate about it, so I’ve been shooting sporting clays with him, trying to get back into that.”
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About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.