Physician Returns to Arkansas

August 25, 2011

Donald Blagdon, MD

Dr. Donald Blagdon is back in Arkansas.

After spending the past eight years in Maine, Dr. Blagdon has joined St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic in Hot Springs as a family practice physician. He’s done a little bit of everything in his years as a physician.

“I’m going on 30 years in family practice. I’ve done obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency room, even house calls back in Maine,” Dr. Blagdon said. “I was always interested in Gerontology and was a nursing home director for many of those 30 years.”

This is the English Harbour East, Newfoundland, Canada native’s second tour of duty in Arkansas. He previously worked at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden.

 “I was born on the island of Newfoundland in far eastern Canada, about as far east as you can get pretty much,” Dr. Blagdon said.

Dr. Blagdon attended the Medical School at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s. He completed his internship in Halifax, Nova Scotia and his residency at National Defense Medical Center in Ottawa, Ontario.

“My background was solidly science and I was going into graduate school for biology and probably oceanography. I got talking to other grad students and they said I should apply to med school. I got into medicine, especially the surgery side of medicine, and loved it,” Dr. Blagdon said. “When I graduated, the majority of my classmates were into specialties and surgery, but I did a couple of years of family practice in a small town and enjoyed the variety.”

He began his medical career back in Nova Scotia before enrolling with the Canadian Armed Forces as a General Duty Medical Officer. He served in Operation Desert Storm as a medical officer in charge of Emergency Triage and Resuscitation at the Canadian Field Hospital in Saudi Arabia. He returned to work at the New Germany Medical Center in New Germany, Nova Scotia. There he also served as the Medical Director of the Rosedale Nursing Home.

He left there in 1997 to work at Ouachita County Medical Center, where he was also medical director of the Valley Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Bruce Street Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Blagdon was named the medical director at Katahdin Valley Health Center in 2002.

He enjoys golf and hunting and fishing in his spare time.

“I was about a 6 to 8 golfer handicapper in college when I could get to play," Dr. Blagdon said. “And I grew up on a small island in the wilderness. We hunted and fished for food, not for sport. So I like to get away and do that sort of thing.”

Dr. Blagdon is accepting new patients at St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic located at 2825 Albert Pike in Hot Springs. His office can be reached by calling (501) 767-9111.

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