h2. You are invited
Join us Friday 9/10 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Childhood Health offices.
Please join us to celebrate Dr. Gilbert's longstanding support of children in our community. We will not be seeing patients during that time for all our staff and providers to celebrate Dr. Gilbert. Feel free to use comment section to share your thoughts and memories.
h2. Dr. Gilbert retrospective (reprinted from our newsletter)
All good things must come to an end. And so, after almost 30 years of pediatric practice and several failed attempts to do so, Dr. Gilbert will retire this October. He is a renaissance man from Sweet Home, Oregon. He has had a successful practice as well as being involved in the community, and has had some amazing experiences during his career.
After completing his undergraduate degree at Lewis and Clark College and his medical degree at Oregon Health Sciences University, he completed his internship in Pediatrics at McGill in Montreal, Canada. In 1970, he and his wife, Meredith, traveled the world. They visited South and Central America, South and East Africa, India, and Europe. After their return, Dr. Gilbert completed 2 years working for the Indian Health Service in Nebraska, followed by his 2 year Pediatrics Residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. He began his practice in LaGrande, and after 7 years, he joined Dr. Jim Lace at Childhood Health in 1982 and has been whistling in the halls since.
Dr. Gilbert has seen many changes over his 3 decades of practice, but he thinks the biggest would be our transition to Electronic Medical Records from the old paper charts. He also notes that there has been a greater emphasis on prevention, most notably vaccinations that has drastically altered the types of diseases that we see and the improved quality of health for our patients.
He has told many great stories over the years, but my favorite is his recollection of life before pagers and cell phones. It happened right after he started his practice in LaGrande. He notified the hospital operators that if they needed him, he would be attending the local high school football game. While he was enjoying the game, all play stopped after an announcement came over the loudspeaker that Dr. Gilbert was emergently needed at the hospital. So with his typical good nature and humility, he went jogging across the field to the cheers of the crowd. Needless to say, his business was booming after that.
After he retires, Dr. Gilbert and his retired wife look forward to spending time with their 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren. He would love to hop in a camper and explore the U.S. Southwest and Southeast for a couple of months, to relive their "bohemian" trip in 1970, with maybe more hotel rooms thrown in this time around. He will continue his bicycle riding, camping and hiking, but would like to try flyfishing and even take a literature course.
When asked what he'll miss the most, Dr. Gilbert says, "The Good Morning greetings from the Childhood Health staff, and the smiling toddlers." And we will miss his never-ending good attitude, sense of humor and wisdom.
The halls will be sadder without his whistling and humming.