Yesterday was a big day. A lot of my patients received a letter that probably shook them up - a letter I was very apprehensive about. Not only am I leaving Evans Medical Group, but I am doing so fairly soon (and I will explain the reason for that soon). I was afraid of the reaction I would get, given how important a primary care doctor is to many patients, and given the relationship I've built with people over the 18 years I've practiced. But the response was not only better than I expected, it was downright touching to me. Yes, I am sure that there are people who are angry and very worried about how this will affect them, and there are people who are disappointed by this big disruption in their care. But an overwhelming number of people expressed real happiness for me as a person, that I was making a change and doing what I thought was the right thing to do. It is wonderfully encouraging to be supported in such a way by my patients.
Thank you for not only choosing to have me as your doctor, but for the fact that you see beyond the title to the person who sits on the other side of the stethoscope. I am most fortunate to have such good people as my patients, and hope to show that gratitude by making my new practice that will exceed expectations.