WESTMINSTER PEDIATRICIAN ENJOYS SERVING SPECTRUM OF PATIENTS, COLLEGIALITY WITH COWORKERS

Dr. Patrick A. Kusek
Pediatrician

Dr. Patrick A. Kusek is committed to the health of patients and residents near his hometown of Longmont, Colo., which is just north of Denver. After completing medical school at Chicago’s Loyola University, where he met his wife, he was couple-matched with her to a residency program at The Children’s Hospital in Denver. Dr. Kusek joined CPMG straight out of residency in 1998, and has been at Kaiser Permanente's Westminster Medical Offices ever since.

“This clinic serves nearly 60,000 members. It’s big and can be chaotic, and that’s just part of the package,” he says. “One of the things I really like about the location is the patient population — it’s a very blue-collar clinic and we see the whole spectrum, from Spanish-speaking to Medicaid patients. We get people with true concerns and real medical issues, who we can really try to help and make their lives better.”

Westminster may be busier than other medical offices, but on the flip side, there’s a genuine sense of mission, commitment and teamwork that keep physicians engaged, Dr. Kusek says.

“I think there’s a real collegiality between the staff and providers at Westminster,” he says. “There’s a longevity here — people who work here don’t leave very often. I think people feel like they are not only doing a good job, but also doing good work and serving a population of patients who need them. We’re doing amazing work, and the people in this community and in this clinic need us.”

Attracting and retaining problem-solvers

Westminster is known as a medical office that breeds leaders and spurs innovative thinking — and Dr. Kusek is a prime example of both. During his nearly 17 years at Westminster, he has held a number of administrative positions, including chief of pediatrics, chief of family medicine, primary care operations chief, and is now the market medical director. He maintains a panel of pediatric patients he sees two days a week and his duties as market medical director take up the other three days.

“A ton of CPMG’s leaders have come through Westminster, and a lot of innovation has come from them. There are unique issues here, so folks tend to delve into problems and try to solve them — first locally, then at a regional level. I think part of why Westminster fosters so much innovation and leadership is that there’s always opportunity for improvements,” Dr. Kusek says.

A great community to live in

Westminster, a northern suburb of Denver, contains a good mix of working-class sensibility, tech-industry innovation and the open spaces that are getting harder to find in the Denver area, Dr. Kusek says. While he lives less than two miles from work, many Westminster physicians live in downtown Denver, which is a short 20-minute commute. Westminster also provides easy access to Boulder and Fort Collins.

“Our school district is a five-star school district with very good schools, and the city itself gets listed on ‘top places to live’ lists because it has so much open space,” says Dr. Kusek, who spends much of his free time chasing his three children to their sporting events, taking photos and skiing, biking and hiking in the mountains with his family.

Learn more about the unique characteristics of Kaiser Permanente's Westminster Medical Offices, and the benefits of working there.