When it comes to what’s important to him, Craig (Jimmie) Edwards doesn’t have to think twice. “What makes me tick? My family does more than anything.”
Jimmie joined Bighorn Medical Center in May of 2014. Having grown up in Malad, Idaho, he is glad to be back in a small town. “I think in a small community, there’s more of a sense of an obligation to the community as a whole,” Jimmie explains. “If you’re here in Cody, it’s because you want to be here, and you like the community.”
Jimmie studied Nutrition and Food Science at Utah State University, receiving his B.S. as well as a commission in the Army through the ROTC program. He then enrolled at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, earning his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. After graduating as a National Board Certified PA, he went on Active Duty with the Army. Jimmie deployed to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division, serving as Senior Medical Officer and Senior Medical Provider for his battalion.
“Time in the Army had a significant influence on the way I operate as a physician’s assistant and in life,” Jimmie says. “There’s a great sense of duty to the solider and to the unit, with a lot of emphasis placed on leadership and doing right by the soldiers who you lead.”
As a combat PA, Jimmie treated traumatic injuries and illnesses in U.S. Soldiers, Coalition Forces, and the native Afghanistan population.
“When you deploy to a combat environment, it is all hands on board all the time. The mission comes first,” says Jimmie. “It taught me how to function and how to be a team player under stressful conditions with a lot on your plate. It helped to prepare me mentally for any challenges this practice may present me with.”
Now, after moving to Cody from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jimmie enjoys spending time outside and playing sports with his wife and their four children.
“I like the package deal that came with Cody,” Jimmie says. “It’s a great work environment with doctors and surgeons who are great to work for because they understand the importance of a family work life balance, I feel.”
Jimmie played on the USU basketball team as a walk-on and continues to play basketball in his free time. He is also involved in his local church and community, and likes to pick the guitar from time to time.
An active member of the American Academy of Physician’s Assistants, Jimmie’s wide variety of experience in clinical, surgical, and deployed settings helps him to remain dedicated and ready to provide the best care possible on behalf of the patients he treats at BMC.
Jimmie strives to live as “a man of integrity, who seeks to serve those around him through dedication to his family, his faith, his work, and service to his country.”
View Jimmie’s video bio here.