A Letter From Dr. Hay
It is so hard to stop doing something I love, and even harder to say good-bye to all of you, but after 45 years practicing (three in the Navy, 42 at NCFMG), it is time.
To My Wonderful Patients,
It is so hard to stop doing something I love, and even harder to say good-bye to all of you, but after 45 years practicing (three in the Navy, 42 at NCFMG), it is time. I will retire effective June 27, 2020, and stop seeing patients June 4, 2020. I look forward to some new, and some not so new, pursuits. I think you know I’ve been involved in many non-profit organizations, all working to improve the health of our whole community. I will continue to do that with the hope that you and I will find our complicated healthcare system more user-friendly in the future.
I’ve had a few health challenges this past year and have had to acknowledge, as we all do, that our good health is everything, but it’s not guaranteed. I’m well now and have lots of travel, hobby, and personal plans in store. The COVID-19 crisis made this all even more apparent, knowing of course that every day we have is precious, and has thus led to this more abrupt departure than I had planned.
We have five other excellent physicians at North Coast Family Medical Group and I encourage you to continue your care with one of them. One is my doctor and another is my wife’s. So you can see that I would have no hesitation having my care, or that of my family, by any of the five physicians, or by any of our wonderful PAs. I’ll be happy to discuss all of this with you, if we are able to see each other before I leave the practice that I started in 1978.
Finally, let me thank you for being such an important part of my life and having made this wonderful career such a rewarding one. I knew going into Family Medicine that I wanted to have close and long-term relationships with the people I cared for. I don’t think I knew then just how much that would define who I was to become and the impact you would have on me all these years. I will certainly miss you.
James T. Hay M.D.