Published on June 07, 2022

Home is where the heart is for nurse practitioner Hillary Newborg

H_NewborgAfter completing her doctorate in nursing, nurse practitioner Hillary Newborg is now practicing family medicine at the Essentia Health clinic in Lisbon, not too far from where she grew up.

Hillary is a native of Forman, North Dakota, a community just 35 miles south of Lisbon. Both her grandmother and mother were nurses, inspiring her to follow in their footsteps with the compassion they showed their patients.

“Nursing was always the plan,” says Hillary.

She can recount how much her grandmother enjoyed going to work, even at the age of 60.

“When you love what you do, you never truly work a day in your life,” Hillary said. “That really resonated with me when I saw my grandmother go to work.”

Hillary began her nursing journey in high school, where she became a certified nursing assistant. Upon becoming a registered nurse in 2013, Hillary started at Essentia Health-Fargo in the cardiac telemetry unit, monitoring cardiac patients. Later, she worked in the post anesthesia care unit, caring for patients who were recovering after surgical procedures.

She returned to Forman with her husband right before she began her graduate education at South Dakota State University. Now a mother of a 2-year-old son, Wyatt, Hillary wanted to be closer to family as she started one of her own. She and her family live happily in the country with a variety of animals, including a dog, cat, goats and a horse.

Hillary received her doctorate in nursing before officially starting at the Essentia Health-Lisbon Clinic last fall. She decided to continue her education because she wanted to be more in control of patient outcomes.

As a nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine, Hillary says she enjoys seeing a broad spectrum of patients, ranging from birth to end of life.

“Every day is different; there is no monotony,” she said.

She says that it is especially fun to see familiar faces in the clinic, like old teachers.

“You always want to care for people like you would care for your own family,” Hillary said, reflecting on serving the community in which she grew up. “Working at Essentia Health in Lisbon has been a good reminder of this because I know and care about the people I treat, and I know their families.”

Hillary’s move to Lisbon has come at an especially exciting time. Essentia is building a new clinic to replace the current one, which will enhance access to high-quality care. The new clinic is expected to be complete in 2023 and will offer expanded services as well as opportunities for specialty care.

At 6,000 square feet, it also will be three times as large as the current building and will feature 12 exam rooms, plus two procedure rooms and an expansion of lab and radiology services. Ground will be broken on the $3.3 million project this fall.

“This new building will give the community a refreshed perspective on the care we provide. We are looking forward to treating our patients there,” Hillary says.

To schedule an appointment with Hillary, who is accepting new patients, please call the Essentia Health-Lisbon Clinic at (701) 683-4134.