Two dedicated employees of the local medical clinic have retired after a total of 60 years combined service.
Patsy Gregory and Chrystal Bell have dedicated a good portion of their lives to helping others at Clinton Medical Clinic. Bell, who retired in February, had 25 years of service, while Gregory, who retired April 29, had 34 years of service.
Both Gregory, a nurse, and Bell, a medical assistant, worked in the pediatric area of the clinic for Dr. R.M. Herring, until his retirement two years ago, and Dr. William C. Carr.
Herring and Bell shared a special relationship. According to Herring, he was Bell’s pediatrician and then cared for both of her children before his retirement.
“Both of these ladies had an obvious care and concern for our patients,” Herring said. “They always made an effort to check on the patients after seeing them in the office. Not only were they always concerned about the patients, but they cared about the mothers and easing their concerns when they had a sick child.”
At a retirement party a couple of weeks ago, Herring said he had a special gift for Gregory.
“They always called her the immunization queen,” Herring noted. “She always made sure the refrigerator was stocked with everything we needed and immunizations were ordered and on hand. So, I gave her a toy refrigerator.”
Gregory, Bell, Herring and Carr had that kind of relationship. According to Herring, both Gregory and Bell felt more like family than coworkers.
“We are family,” Herring said. “We have always cared about one another. They are both super individuals, employees and friends. I am lucky to have had them work with me.”
Gregory agreed with Herring.
“It was great that we not only had a great working relationship, but we were like family,” Gregory said. “I enjoyed watching the children grow up and sharing that experience with Chrystal and Dr. Herring and Dr. Carr.”
Bell said she always enjoyed working with the children, but she especially loved working with Herring and Carr.
“Dr. Herring and Dr. Carr are good people,” Bell said. “Not only am I going to miss my patients and coworkers, but I am going to miss the doctors.”
In their many years of service, both Bell and Gregory said they were beginning to see second and even third generations come into the office.
“I was starting to see the children of patients I had seen as a child,” Bell shared. “I just loved what I was doing because it gave me the opportunity to be with children. Working with Patsy and Dr. Herring and Dr. Carr just made everything better.”
For both Gregory and Bell, they say they will miss the close relationships and personal contact they were able to share with the patients and their parents.
“Our patients knew they could call us and we would do whatever we could to help them,” Gregory said.
Herring said he had a lot of confidence in both Gregory and Bell.
“I never had to worry,” Herring shared. “If you ever asked them to do something, they got it done. There was never any need to check behind these two.”
During retirement, Gregory plans to work with her family business. Bell, well she said she plans on spending time with family, especially her ten month old grandson.
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