Mena Regional Health System has welcomed Pediatrician Joseph A. Aldrich, D.O., FACOP, FAAP. Dr. Aldrich graduated from the Kansas City College of osteopathic Medicine, now known as the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience in 1974. He also completed his Rotating Internship Pediatric Residency and at the same institution. He served two years active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserves as a General Medicine Officer (two years active and four years reserve). Upon his completion of residency, Dr. Aldrich accepted a position at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO as an assistant professor of pediatrics. He advanced to associate professor of pediatrics and moved to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. After West Virginia, he entered private practice in Toledo, OH.
In the spring of 1988, he was asked to return to Kirksville, MO (KCOM) and assume the position of Chairman of Pediatrics for the Osteopathic Medical School. He would have interns and family practice residents on his pediatric service. Dr. Aldrich participated with the PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) Program from 1991-1009 and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) about the same length of time. In essence, he was on call 24/7- 365 for 11 years. He advance to Professor of Pediatrics and developed a pediatric residency program in concert with the University of Missouri at Columbia Pediatrics and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, MO. He graduated two pediatric residents, both are very successful. With all of that responsibility, he was “burning the candle at both ends.” He was forced to decide between family and work, which he did by a move to Sparks in Fort Smith. There, he practiced as one of several general pediatricians in the Fort Smith in the Sparks Foundation. His most current practice was in Siloam Springs.
“When the opportunity became available in Mena, I was and still am enthusiastic about the move. Presently, I live with my lovely wife of 48 years. Of our four children, all are married with families of their own. The oldest daughter is a teacher in Kansas City, KS with a double-masters in teaching. The second daughter is a pharmacist in the Orlando area. Our third daughter is quite advanced in Chiropractic and support medicine. Our son is an ER physician in the San Antonio, TX area. I look so forward to being at Mena Regional Health System.”