Longtime local surgeon, Zeferino Arroyo, MD, joining Centura Health

Centura-St. Catherine Hospital is looking to build a surgery team for the future, and it has selected a longtime, respected leader in surgical medicine in southwest Kansas to serve as the cornerstone.

St. Catherine and Centura Health Physician Group (CHPG) are pleased to announce that Zeferino Arroyo, MD, who has been practicing as an independent general surgeon in Garden City for 40 years and has performed thousands of surgeries in the hospital’s operating rooms during that span, will be joining Centura Health, effective Oct. 1.

Dr. Arroyo already serves as the hospital’s Chief of Surgery, he won’t have to move from his private practice office located in Siena Medical Clinic, and he will continue to use his surgical talents to care for patients in Garden City and throughout southwest Kansas. As an employed Centura Health provider, though, he will take on more of a leadership position in helping shape St. Catherine’s surgical team.

“One of the legacies I’d like to leave with St. Catherine is that when I leave, I want the surgical department to be well-staffed with very highly-qualified surgeons,” Dr. Arroyo said. “I will work with them to get that accomplished.”

Surgical teaching has been a lifelong passion for Dr. Arroyo. For 30 years, as an assistant clinical professor of surgery with the University of Kansas, he taught and helped mold young surgeons, many of whom are now practicing in Kansas and other states.

Dr. Arroyo, who graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and completed his medical residency at the University of Connecticut, brought his surgical skills to southwest Kansas in 1975, starting in Scott City. He came to Garden City in 1980, setting up his clinic at the old Garden Medical Clinic.

An American Board of Surgery-certified physician, Dr. Arroyo has provided skilled, compassionate surgical care to southwest Kansans 45 years while managing his own private practice. He is eager to join Centura Health, an organization he has worked closely with both as a physician and a member of the St. Catherine board of directors since the hospital joined the health care system in 2012.

Centura Health’s vision is every community, every neighborhood, every life – whole and healthy. Dr. Arroyo’s longtime commitment to making southwest Kansans whole and healthy again embodies that vision.

“I feel like I know them. Centura is a very high-quality medical organization,” he said. “It is composed of caregivers who really have one goal in mind, and that is to provide high-quality medical care and high-quality surgical care, and I feel like that is where I belong.”

Dr. Arroyo said he hopes to continue improving and increasing the available surgical services at St. Catherine Hospital, to include a goal of bringing robotic surgery capabilities to southwest Kansas.

Having partnered with Dr. Arroyo for many years, CHPG and St. Catherine Hospital are eager to tap into his leadership as it looks to build its surgical department of the future. “We are excited to have Dr. Arroyo formally join Centura Health as we work together to create a team of amazing surgeons serving the health care needs of the region,” said Stephanie Waggoner, Regional Director of Operations for CHPG in Kansas. “Having Dr. Arroyo’s leadership on the team will be instrumental as we move forward.”