Family Nurse Practitioner Hurst Joins Humboldt General Hospital

Jeremy Hurst said he feels like he's finally come home.

The new family nurse practitioner at Humboldt General Hospital has seen his fair share of homes over the years, traversing from one end of the world to the other, first while his mother served in the military, and then while Hurst himself pinned the bars.

But Monday, October 27, Hurst officially hung his shingle in the new medical office building at Humboldt General Hospital.

"So, after a very successful career in the United States Air Force we are now living in the beautiful town of Winnemucca," he said.

"Being able to start and to see new patients with the ability to serve this community is super exciting," added Hurst.

"J" as he prefers to be called was born at Kincheloe Air Force Base in northern Michigan. His childhood included several moves, but he claims California and Idaho as his childhood homes; the majority of his family still live there.

After graduating from high school, Hurst lived in Taiwan twice, Idaho, California, North Carolina, Alabama and Nebraska.

"Needless to say, my beautiful wife, Sarah, finally had enough of my world wandering and wanted a stable place to raise our daughter," he said.

And Hurst said he couldn't have found a nicer place than Winnemucca.

"We have loved Winnemucca from the moment we got here," he said. In fact, the story of that move is quite comical.

Hurst saw an advertisement for a family practice position from a headhunter that, from the description provided, appeared to be Reno. Since Reno is a good midway point between Idaho and California, Hurst and his wife were intrigued and contacted the man for more information.

"We found out it wasn't Reno, though," he laughed. "We asked Sparks? No. Tahoe? No. Wadsworth? Fernley? No, no, no!"

Hurst continued, "Finally we were just saying, 'Out with it. Tell us,' because he was afraid to tell us where this opportunity was."

Hurst related, "He finally said, 'Well it's Winnemucca,' and he was talking really fast like he thought we were going to hang up. There was this long pause and finally he said, 'Are you still there?'"

"And we were like, 'Winnemucca? We love Winnemucca! We've only driven through there about a hundred times to get gas and Macdonald's!'"

Hurst and his wife were very pleased at the thought of moving to Winnemucca. "And we have found that Winnemucca is so much more than Winnemucca Boulevard," he said.

In fact, the new practitioner said he and his family have been greeted by everything good that a town can offer.

He said neighbors and new friends showed up to help them move. His daughter's school has been wonderful and welcoming, "and I wanted a place where I could feel supported as a provider and make a difference, and I have found that."

He added, "Without a shadow of a doubt, we are in the right place."

Humboldt General Hospital officials feel the same way.

"We are so pleased to welcome Jeremy to HGH," said CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish. "He is a very engaging person and obviously a very dedicated provider. It is a good fit for us and for him and his family and we feel very fortunate to have him on our team."

Hurst's professional background includes undergraduate degrees in nursing and public health education. He spent most of his early career as a floor oncology nurse before completing his graduate studies at Duke University to become a family nurse practitioner.

"I am grateful to be here," said Hurst. "I truly care for the people I treat; I want to treat people the way they need to be treated."

He added, "I want to have the opportunity to make a difference in a great small town, and to raise my family around good people."

Jeremy Hurst, FNP-C, practices upstairs in Suite F of Humboldt General Hospital's medical office building, located at 118 E. Haskell Street. His office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed for lunch.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (775) 623-3575.