Lehman, Lang & Babb Joining WG Medical Group
January 18, 2017
When Claudia Eisenmann joined Wilbarger General Hospital as Chief Executive Officer, she said it was immediately obvious the region needed more health care professionals to serve the population. That is why she established as her first priority the recruitment of new physicians and mid-level practitioners.
The first physician to join the newly formed Wilbarger General Medical Group was Dr. Sesan Olutu, a Board Certified Family Practice Physician, who began his practice in Vernon in July of 2016. Since then, Eisenmann has announced the addition of two more board certified physicians and one nurse practitioner who will be joining the medical group.
Dr. Travis Lehman, Dr. John Lang, and Family Nurse Practitioner Kimberly Babb will all begin practicing medicine at the Doctors Clinic and working in the hospital within the next month.
“We have been fortunate to secure a tremendous group of physicians and nurse practitioners to join us at Wilbarger General Hospital. We look forward to them bringing their vast expertise to the residents of Vernon and the surrounding region,” Eisenmann said.
Dr. Lehman, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and a Vernon native, will be WGH’s primary hospitalist, will assume a leadership position as the hospital’s Medical Director, and will also see patients in his office. Babb will work in the Hospitalist Program, and work with Dr. Lehman seeing patients in clinic.
Dr. Lang is Board Certified in General Surgery and will both see patients in his office and perform a variety of surgical procedures at the hospital.
Of Dr. Lang, Eisenmann said, “When Dr. Lang and his wife visited Vernon to explore our opportunity, it was quickly evident that we had found a great fit. Dr. Lang’s vast professional experience coupled with the love that he and his wife, Lisa, have for this part of Texas, made extending him an offer an easy decision. We are thrilled that they are joining us in Vernon!”
A Vernon native, Dr. Lehman, the son of Kenneth and Diane Lehman, is excited to back in his hometown.
“I have always wanted to come back,” Dr. Lehman said. “This is a very good opportunity, with the hospital making big changes and improvements, and offering more services, and I wanted to be a part of that.”
After graduating from Vernon High School, Dr. Lehman earned his bachelor of science degree in microbiology from Texas Tech University in 2004, before completing his master of science degree in molecular pathology from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2006.
He graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) in 2010 with his doctoral. Dr. Lehman did his medical residence at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Philadelphia, and completed his internal medicine residence at Freeman Health System. He served as the secretary for the TCOM Class of 2010 in 2006-2007, and was the class president in 2007-2008.
For the last two and a half years, Dr. Lehman has worked at the Huron Regional Medical Center in Huron, S.D. He said Huron Regional was very much like Wilbarger General in size, and that Huron was also similar to Vernon in size.
At Huron, Dr. Lehman had a fulltime traditional internal medicine practice, as well as provided hospital inpatient care, and oversaw midlevel providers.
Dr. Lehman is a member of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and the American College of Osteopathic Internist.
He and his wife, Amanda, have two children, 5-year-old daughter, Trista, and 3-year-old son, Austin. Amanda Lehman, also a Vernon native, is the daughter of Roy and Becky Gibson, she is currently a counselor at Vernon College.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lang graduated with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Allegheny College before earning his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at Pinnacle Health Hospital in Harrisburg, Penn., and then completed a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.
A general surgeon, Dr. Lang specializes in colon and rectal surgery, specifically endoscopy, laparoscopic surgery and management of inflammatory bowel disease.
Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Lang served in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as the Chief of Surgery at the Claremore Indian Health Service Hospital in Claremore, Okla., and was also the Clinical Director for FCI Herlong in Herlong, Calif. He has also worked at VA hospitals in Temple and Asheville, N.C., in addition to having private practices in Texas and Pennsylvania.
Before accepting the position in Vernon, Dr. Lang was working for Indian Health Service in Sitka, Alaska.
During his service in the United States Public Health Service, Dr. Lang received two Achievement Medals, two Unit Commendation Medals and a Hazardous Duty Award. He has also received several “Practice of the Year” awards during his career.
“Relocating to Vernon brings us closer to family,” Dr. Lang said. “While I am from Hershey, Pennsylvania, my wife, Lisa, grew up in Colorado City, Texas and we both have lived and worked all over West Texas. We are ‘small town people’ and Vernon is exactly the right size for us. We fell in love with Vernon during our interview visit, both with the town and the people.”
Lisa Lang has her bachelor degree in nursing and previously taught in the LVN and RN programs at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas, and she has also worked as a registered nurse. She is currently a stay-at-home-mom, taking care of the couple’s youngest daughter, Riley. Their oldest daughter, Destiney, recently graduated from Amarillo College with her RN degree. The family also includes Lisa’s two sons, Hayden and Tyler, who live with their father in Plainview.
Babb comes from the small West Texas town of Mertzon. After graduating high school, she received her LVN and RN licenses before continuing her education at the University of Texas in Arlington. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing in May of 2013, and then went on to get her MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Walden University, graduating in February of 2016. She became board certified in June of 2016.
“I was a labor and delivery nurse for eight years and my whole RN career was dedicated to women’s health, and I am still very passionate about helping women navigate through their health,” Babb said.
Babb and her husband, Lynn, have two children, Brandon Harris, 17, who is a senior in high school, and Camden Harris, 11, who is a sixth grader.
“We chose Vernon because it is a rural town with some big-city amenities,” Babb said. “I love that it is a ranching community. My husband and I have several animals and love country living. I was raised in a small town of 1,100 people and I love the small town life.”