Q&A with Dr. Batra, leader of Sterling Ranch Medical Center

Family practice opened Sept. 4

Posted 9/17/18

UCHealth has opened the doors of its 7,000-square-foot medical center in Sterling Ranch, the budding community in northwest Douglas County. After a 20-year buildout, Sterling Ranch is expected to …

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Q&A with Dr. Batra, leader of Sterling Ranch Medical Center

Family practice opened Sept. 4

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UCHealth has opened the doors of its 7,000-square-foot medical center in Sterling Ranch, the budding community in northwest Douglas County.

After a 20-year buildout, Sterling Ranch is expected to have 12,000 homes with 33,000 people, along with schools, churches, shopping, recreation and forward-thinking technology. The $4.4 billion development spans 3,400 acres west of Santa Fe Drive and south of Chatfield Reservoir.

Currently, there are 160 occupied homes in the community. Within five years, it is projected that there will be 2,500 households, according to a representative from Sterling Ranch.

UCHealth Sterling Ranch Medical Center, which opened Sept. 4, is on the first floor of Sterling Ranch Civic Center, south of Titan Road, at the entrance of the development. The sleek building coated in “sterling” stainless steel, wood and panoramic windows will also house Atlas Coffee and Grist Brewing Co.

The medical center offers primary care, urgent care, physical therapy and occupational medicine. Family medicine physician Dr. Kalindi A. Batra leads a staff of 10 health care providers, including a nurse practitioner, physical therapist and physician assistants. They will work closely with UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital, which is expected to open in spring 2019.

What's your background?

I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. I came down to what we call “the lower 48s” to do medical school. I did undergrad in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as medical school. I come from a family of four. Three of us are doctors and went to the same medical school, so that was kind of fun. I did an OB-GYN fellowship out east affiliated with Tufts University at Greater Lawrence Family Medicine. I did a little locum work in between, from coast to coast, and settled in Colorado during the recession. I started off as faculty for Swedish Family Residency Program.

I have an identical twin who is a doctor in California. We talk two times a day. I love anything that involves being outdoors and with my family. I have a 7-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl. We do a lot of seasonal sports, skiing, snowboarding, sledding with the kids. One of my passions is nutrition and health, so I spend a lot of free time in the kitchen.

What is your philosophy of care?

I feel that the patient is the center of the team. I feel that communication is a strong part of that team. Being a family medicine doctor is a lot like being the captain of the ship. People come to me for advice and coordination of care. Ultimately, it's the patient who drives the ship. I really try to have great communication and listening skills — the basics that make us human that we sometimes look over.

I work with all ages. Being a fellow in OB-GYN, I've always enjoyed working with kids of all ages. I'm very comfortable with newborn care and soon-to-be-moms, or current moms or people planning on families.

What can patients expect at your practice?

Timely service from check-in to checkout, comprehensive care, caring attentive folks. I feel like delivering the message in the end is always important. I'm really big on handouts. There is a saying that patients remember something like 7 percent of what we say, so I think it's really important to put an instruction handout together.

We can't talk about health care these days without talking about cost. Our goal is to help families and patients reduce costs. Seeing a primary care provider is always more affordable than urgent care or ER. I also offer extended hours. Gone are the days of the traditional hours. Greater access to care is really important to everyone.

A big part of why I'm here is having the new UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital coming. I'm really happy to have support. If we need to get someone over because they are delivering a baby or they need outpatient surgical care, they are 10 minutes away.

What advice do you have for living a healthy lifestyle?

I think staying healthy has a lot to do with what we do every day, which is eat. Exercise and activity, outlook on life, happiness, mental health — these are all things that are really basic but obvious and necessary.

I'm someone who likes to practice western medicine when necessary, but I don't rely upon pharmaceuticals to make that happen. There are a lot of side effects with drugs and we have to be really cautious about how each of us responds.

I've done a lot of medical work and personal travel outside of the country. I think ultimately we can take a lot of feedback from healthy populations around the world. It all has to do with taking care of yourself. Diet, exercise and attitude.

What's your favorite place that you've visited?

I'm someone who was raised with mountains and water, so those areas like Hawaii where you've got majestic mountains with a coastline are very beautiful. I love water. I kind of miss it.

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