Specializing in delivery: New St. Joseph's OB/GYN Dr. William Lowe focuses on patient
Dr. William M. Lowe II never knows what time or what day he will be called to the bedside of an expectant mother. As a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at CHI St. Joseph's Health, Lowe makes office visits during the day, but may stay at th...
Dr. William M. Lowe II never knows what time or what day he will be called to the bedside of an expectant mother.
As a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at CHI St. Joseph’s Health, Lowe makes office visits during the day, but may stay at the hospital late into the night while a mother is in labor.
“It’s always about the patient, and it’s always about being there when he’s needed in his line of work,” said Dennis Cannon, vice president of mission and support services.
Cannon appreciates Lowe’s bedside manner and his passion for work.
“Many nights, he’s called me or I call him and he’s sleeping at the hospital or laying down to rest because the mother hasn’t delivered yet,” Cannon said. “He’s not going home. He’s staying here. You can’t make people do that. They do it because they are dedicated to their job and to the people they are serving.”
The 69-year-old Louisiana native started working at St. Joseph’s in October 2013 in response to a six-month opening. Realizing that he liked the hospital and community, he made a three-year commitment.
“I enjoy doing deliveries,” he said. “It’s a happy speciality most of the time. It’s bringing life into the world and its a lot of fun.”
Cannon describes Lowe as having a happy outlook on life that he shares with his patients.
“Just as he takes things seriously, at the same time, he’s a happy-go-lucky guy,” Cannon said.
Cannon also appreciates Lowe’s 44 years of experience.
“He has great experience in a lot of difficult situations,” he said. “The combination of Dr. Thomas Arnold and Dr. Lowe make the department so strong.”
Lowe graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine at New Orleans in 1971 and completed his internship and residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. As a veteran, he served the families of military during the Vietnam War years.
“In those days, we had lots of obstetrical work because, when you stop to think about it, every soldier who was married went to Beaumont because it was the cheapest (place) to have a baby.”
After residency, he served in Augsburg, Germany, and later at Nacogdoches, Texas, which is near his hometown of Shreveport, La. He was in private practice until 1993 when he started working at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He retired as a full professor in 2012.
“I sat around six months and was bored, and decided to go back to work, and also my wife, Vicki, decided to remodel the house,” he said.
That’s when he read about the six-month opening in Dickinson.
“I feel fortunate to work with Dr. Arnold,” Lowe said. “He’s a super guy and we practice medicine a lot the same.”
Lowe has lost count, but estimates he has delivered more than 7,000 babies throughout his career. He has delivered numerous sets of twins and one set of natural triplets. Throughout his practice, Lowe said he tries to avoid C-sections.
“I avoid inducing patients or any medical interventions unless necessary,” he said. “We let nature to do its thing when there is no reason for intervention.”
Lowe said he and his wife have enjoyed living in western North Dakota, and they don’t mind the cold. They are the parents of five children and eight grandchildren.
During the Lowes’ free time, they like to travel and are certified master scuba divers.
“I like to say we have a winter home in Dickinson and a summer home in Texas,” he said. “We are looking forward to a future here in Dickinson.”
Sailer is the lifestyles editor of The Dickinson Press. Call her at 701-456-1209.