Fast drive. Fast care.
Licensed as a level 4 trauma center, Animas Surgical Hospital is the closest ER facility to downtown Durango, only five minutes away and conveniently located just off Hwy 550/160. Staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by experienced physicians, nurses and techs, our ER clinic can handle all but the most serious, life-threatening situations. Best of all, you'll see a doctor very quickly. Our average 2012 patient wait time was only 13 minutes!
Walk-in ER care for:
- Sports injuries
- Minor injuries and illnesses
- Broken bones and stitches
- Workplace injuries
- Emergency imaging and diagnostic services
About our ER Physicians
David Alcindor, MD
After graduating from the University of Kansas, Dr. Alcindor completed a premedical program, medical degree and a family medicine residency at the same institution. He also achieved a family medicine internship at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. As a member of the U.S. military, Dr. Alcindor served domestically and in Kuwait. He has practiced emergency medicine throughout Oregon and Washington, as well as served as emergency department medical director for a Kansas hospital. With interests well beyond medicine, Dr. Alcindor is accomplished in landscape photography, beekeeping and French. He teaches financial analysis and has developed a predictive forecasting model for financial markets.
Russell Hill, MD
Dr. Russell Hill obtained his medical degree in 1987 from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma College Of Medicine, in Tulsa in 1990. Dr. Hill worked at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington from 1990 to 2005 when he joined the Animas Surgical Hospital's emergency department. In addition to emergency medicine, Dr. Hill also provides services at the hospital's occupational medicine clinic as a level I provider.
Jay Mathers, DO
Dr. Mathers is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing his residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, he subsequently became board certified in family medicine and is currently a wilderness medicine fellowship candidate. Dr. Mathers has been a ski patrolman, Outward Bound instructor, high altitude researcher and has completed numerous ascents and rescues in Denali, Alaska. In addition to his duties at Animas Surgical Hospital, Dr. Mathers teaches avalanche and rescue training to other medical professionals. He lives with his wife and two sons in Durango.
Kennard Stradling, MD
Dr. Stradling achieved a master of medical science degree from Emory University before attending medical school at the University of New Mexico. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Truman Medical Center, University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is also the current founder and president of a multidiscipline business providing San Juan County with occupational medicine, urgent care, chiropractic services and wellness services.