Dr. James Hickey, DO
Patterson Primary Care
Dr. James Hickey believes that it doesn’t matter how old you are—you can always improve your health and overall wellbeing. And he’s here to walk alongside you and support you every step of the way.
Dr. Hickey is a board-certified family medicine physician at SCL Health Medical Group, a family practice in connection with St. Mary’s Hospital under the SCL banner. He sees the full spectrum of ages—from birth to end of life—and enjoys helping a wide variety of patients with diverse backgrounds and issues. “When my patients come in with a list of symptoms, it’s my job to figure out what it could be and what it’s not,” says Dr. Hickey. “It’s a challenge I find quite rewarding and very mentally stimulating.”
From the beginning, Dr. Hickey has always been interested in health, science, and math. “I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to what I do,” he says. “I get to be a scientist every day, figuring out problems, testing theories, and getting to help people while doing it.” That care for others shines through in his interactions at the clinic; his patients praise him for his caring bedside manner as well as for his great listening skills. Dr. Hickey is proud of the clinic he serves. “I truly and honestly feel that if patients come see us, we will be able to help them with whatever concerns they have—whether big or small. We communicate and coordinate well with specialists with the patient’s best interest in mind. We offer everything you would want out of a primary care office,” he says. In Dr. Hickey’s opinion, SCL employs the right type of physicians—kind and caring people who help patients meet their health goals and needs.
Dr. Hickey values the close-knit community spirit of small towns.
“I like to know my community. One day, I might be helping you. The next day, you might be helping me. It’s essential we all do our part,” he says. “We all need each other.”
What excites Dr. Hickey the most in his career is seeing people who want to transform their lives for the better through improving life habits, nutrition, and exercise. He specializes in musculoskeletal conditions, obesity medicine, and medically assisted weight loss and diet plans. For Dr. Hickey, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In other words, he believes in preventing disease in the first place, not only treating illness when it pops up. “It’s the people who are hungry and ready for change. It’s those who want to feel better and be better and who want to know what they can do to live their best life. Those people inspire me,” he says. Dr. Hickey also believes that illness and disease prevention have far-reaching positive effects for his clients, resulting in lower healthcare costs, fewer hospitalizations, and less time out of work.
Teaching and education are a large part of what Dr. Hickey spends his time doing in the clinic. “Some people don’t know how they can prevent risk, and I’m here to guide them toward what they can do,” he says. “If we don’t teach people and spread knowledge about health and fitness, we’re no better off than any previous generation. Whether you’re a man, woman, a child, or elderly, there’s always room for improvement in people’s lives, and that’s what I love to do.”
He moved to Grand Junction with his family in June 2020 after serving as an outpatient, inpatient, and ER physician for both adults and pediatrics in rural Montana. Choosing to relocate to Colorado fit his lifestyle as well as matches his interests. “I like that Colorado is a health-oriented state,” he says. “People like to spend their time outdoors, and they value their health and wellness—it’s what I am personally interested in moving forward.” When he’s not serving his community as a physician, Dr. Hickey is most likely biking, fishing, hunting, or hiking with his wife and two daughters.
Patterson Primary Care is accepting new patients. To learn more and connect with a primary care provider, call their office directly at 970.298.6601.