April 4, 2018
A Note to My Patients
As most of you know, I have been around for a while. It’s approaching fifty years. I started in 1970 with one exam room, a card table and a high school senior for a secretary. Indeed, that was last century.
Today, I have less pressure and am graced by a wonderful set of partners, staff and sublime office design. I only work three days a week which would also seem to make my life ideal. In fact, it is.
A continuing issue greets me almost every day. I am asked, “When are you going to retire?” Until recently I just laughed it off saying, “Why should I do that? I’m having such a good time.” As time has gone on, I have felt it more difficult to answer the question. My integrity is getting to me; I need an honest response. Retirement has to be a fact of life. First it was only an intellectual question. As I have aged, it began to take on the sense of an imperative a simple fact of age and expectancy.
My wife and I have moved to a retirement community (CCRC). We needed to feel the support of a health-care-facility. Our children are spread out over the country and we now have seven boys and four girls in the next generation following our four children.
The next chapter of our lives is taking shape. I look forward to it and embrace it as a natural consequence of time. Our practice is firmly supported by extremely able physicians, technicians and staff. I am proud of their work and feel that my patient cohort will be cared for in expert fashion.
My major misgiving is perhaps selfish. I will miss all of you. It has been a privilege to care for you. The passage of time has made all of us a family. As such I must be candid with you: I am grateful for our time together and hope that in many instances our paths will cross again.
As of June this year, it is my plan to retire. This is a letter I thought I would never write. I hope you will accept my decision. I know I am leaving you in good hands. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
With fond regards,
T. Ramsey Thorp, M.D.