McDonough District Hospital's biennial surveys have shown district residents would like to see an ear, nose and throat specialist on staff.
Director of Public Relations and Funding John Maguire said the hospital will meet that need next year with the arrival of Dr. Jeff Sparks. He will join the hospital in the summer of 2013 after the completion of his residency.
Maguire said Sparks will bring an excellent mix of experience and the latest medical expertise.
He said, "The fact is (he) has a great deal of training and we're delighted that Dr. Sparks will join us."