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Hoffman joining Sanford Health team

Longtime Worthington podiatrist becoming part of Sanford on May 3

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Scott Hoffman will join Sanford Health as a podiatrist in Worthington effective May 3. (Submitted photo)
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WORTHINGTON — Dr. Scott Hoffman has practiced podiatry in this community for 39 years.

Perhaps, after all this time, he’s ready for a change.

Hoffman, effective May 3, will join Sanford Health as a podiatrist. Though he’ll now be affiliated with Sanford, little else will be different, and he’ll still continue to see patients at his clinic at 1205 Ryan’s Road.

Settling in Worthington

Worthington has been Hoffman’s home for nearly four decades, but he’s originally from Rapid City, South Dakota.

“I went to grade school there, and my dad was in the Air Force,” Hoffman shared. “He later got transferred to Vietnam, and he then came back to Rapid City to Ellsworth Air Force Base. He got to the time where he was going to get closer to retirement and we liked it there, so we just stayed.”

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Hoffman graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and then earned his podiatry degree from what was then known as the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, in Chicago.

“When you’re in school, they send you on these little ‘externships,’ and I was in a number of different places before I came here,” Hoffman explained. “I was at Oak Forest — in Chicago — and Kokomo, Indiana, Denver and Indianapolis, and then came here and this became available. I liked it because it was close to home.”

Hoffman teamed up with Dr. Joseph Thule upon his arrival in Worthington, working across from the hospital in an office at 604 10th St.

“My plan was not to stay and to just be here for a little while and leave,” Hoffman remembered. “But we worked together for six years and he (Thule) then retired in 1988, and that’s when I took over.”

Hoffman had met his wife, Julie, soon after moving to Worthington, and Julie continues to work alongside her husband today. They have been married for 26 years.

In the late 1990s, Dr. Hoffman & Associates relocated to a new building on Ryan’s Road, where Hoffman continues to practice.

An unplanned career

As a podiatrist, Hoffman cares for patients with a wide variety of foot disorders and sees patients ranging in age from infants to the elderly. It’s not exactly the profession he planned on pursuing.

“I was applying to medical school at the time I was at USD, way back in the ’70s, and there were 40 slots available for 5,000 applications,” Hoffman described. “One of my instructors steered me in this direction and gave me a pamphlet from this Pennsylvania college.

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“As I checked it out I thought, ‘Wow, I didn’t know about this whole thing. Then one thing led to another, and I went to visit a number of podiatrists to see if this was something I was really going to be interested in doing. Here I am now — it was a good choice.”

Teaming up with Sanford Health wasn’t exactly planned, either, but Hoffman is aware of its multiple advantages.

“We almost have to affiliate with someone now to keep up with all the rules and regulations, guidelines and mandates that the government has laid down for us,” he said. “I had talked to Sanford before … and finally entertained the idea a little more seriously and decided it couldn’t hurt to ask.

“It’s going to give me that benefit of having access to the electronic medical records part of it and the scheduling part of it,” Hoffman continued. “I’m also getting to the stage where in a couple or three years, I’m going to want somebody to come in here, and it will be so much easier because they’ll assist with that. I’d like that transition to be smooth, and I’d actually like to get someone to come here and work with them before they took over.”

Hoffman, though, insisted that he takes considerable pleasure in what he does.

“My patients have been very good to me and I’ve learned a lot from them,” he said. “I’m very blessed in that my hobby is what I do. It’s not a burden to go to work.”

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