I was very saddened recently when I heard that Dr. Mario Leyba, general surgeon at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, was leaving Las Vegas for a new position in Wyoming. About nine months ago I had emergency surgery performed by Dr. Leyba. I was extremely impressed by his professional manner, his very thorough explanation to me of what he was going to do and not do, his impeccable surgical skills, and his very caring aftercare. When I heard he was leaving I called the Alta Vista CEO, Maridel Acosta, for verification. She informed me it was true and that Dr. Leyba would be leaving near the end of October. She denied that it was simply a corporate decision. This is a huge loss for Las Vegas.
Dr. Leyba grew up in Mora. He is from here. This is his home, and he wanted to stay here. He had told me this himself. Yesterday I received the official letter from his office about his departure, and I called and was able to speak with him again. He reiterated that he would like to stay here. He and his wife had recently purchased a home here, and now everything has changed.
Whatever the machinations of a huge hospital management corporation are I do not know. But I do know that our town is losing a very fine doctor who loves this community and wanted to make it his permanent home. I do not think the corporation has any sense of local sentiment. “Business is business” does not feel right when it comes to health care, especially in a small tight community like ours
Dr. Leyba, we will miss you.