Originally from Waco, Texas, Dr. Skelton moved to Lubbock in 1993. He attended Texas Tech where he was a walk-on with the Texas Tech Football Team. After graduating from Tech in 1997 with a degree in Zoology, Dr. Skelton went on to attend the Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine where he received his Medical Degree in 2002. Upon finishing medical school, Dr. Skelton moved to Temple, Texas for his Emergency Medicine Residency Training at Scott and White Hospital. While in Temple, Dr. Skelton served as Chief Resident his final year of Residency. At the conclusion of his Emergency Medicine Residency, Dr. Skelton and his family moved back to Lubbock.
Dr. Skelton has worked in the Covenant Health System for the past 11 years. He has served in many leadership roles, including serving as Medical Director of Covenant’s Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments. During his tenure at Covenant, Dr. Skelton was recognized numerous times for his service to the organization. Dr. Skelton will be serving as the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director for STAR ER.
Dr. Skelton, his wife Sarah and their three children love West Texas and Texas Tech. They enjoy attending Texas Tech sporting events, traveling, movies, and just spending time together.
He believes the citizens of West Texas and specifically Lubbock need more access to Emergency Medicine: “I believe the current healthcare environment is such that choice and quality care are of utmost importance. Unfortunately, access to quality Emergency Care isn’t always available. Our Lubbock hospitals have great physician and nursing staffs, but the way Hospital Emergency Departments are asked to deliver care frequently results in resources being stretched thin. Subsequently, the patient suffers. This typically results in long wait times for patients and little interaction with the physician and nursing staff due to the sheer volume and complexity of all the cases the Hospital Emergency Departments are asked to treat. It is this reason that my partners and I chose to establish STAR ER. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care in a healing environment with a compassionate and caring team. I want STAR ER to fill the gap in Emergency Care for the citizens of Lubbock.”
“Our team believes, when there’s a gap, fill it. That is why STAR ER was created - to focus on the maximum amount of quality care rather than the minimum. With shorter wait times, exceptional service, we will meet the citizens of Lubbock’s needs.”