Military doc moves in

Dr. Jerry Crum, of Eagle Summit Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic, has moved his solo practice to 1122 W. Elm Ave., Hermiston.

After 24 years of active duty in the Medical Corps of the United States Army, Dr. Jerry Crum entered the civilian workforce.

The transition, he said, was eye-opening.

“The nice thing with the military and being a doctor is you don’t have to worry about what they pay, you just take care of them,” the orthopedic surgeon said. “I didn’t realize how hard that is out in the civilian world.”

Before settling in Hermiston, Crum practiced medicine in Missouri and Susanville, Calif. Crum had been working with Dr. Jeremy Anderson at Advanced Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute, and recently moved his solo practice — Eagle Summit Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic — to 1122 W. Elm Ave., Hermiston. It’s housed at Motion Orthopedics.

Growing up in Portland, Crum was happy to return to the Pacific Northwest and a smaller town.

“I didn’t want to raise my kids in a big city,” he said. “I like the rural atmosphere and being close enough to the big city to go to the mall.”

An avid outdoorsman, Crum enjoys snow and water skiing, kayaking, boating, sailing, fishing, camping and horseback riding.

“I have too many interests and not enough time or money,” he said with a laugh.

As far as medicine, Crum enjoys taking care of athletes and others with active lifestyles — saying they are very motivated as patients.

When Crum first pondered going into a specialty area, he thought about thoracic surgery. However, he called the speciality area, which deals with organs in the chest cavity, “intense” with a higher mortality rate.

“Sometimes people die and I don’t do well with that,” he said. “In orthopedics you can heal people ... if someone breaks their leg, you can fix it in orthopedics.”

Crum was a motorcycle mechanic while attending the University of Oregon and also performed mechanical work on a friend’s race car while stationed in San Francisco.

“Orthopedics is really all about mechanics,” he said. “I use some of the same skills as a mechanic.”

Crum is accepting patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 541-289-7171.

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