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M e d i c a l R e c o R d F e at u R e

A Salute to

Dr. Michael

Baxter
on His Retirement
I

n September 2019 one of the Berks County Medical Society's most
accomplished and admired members, D. Michael Baxter, MD, retired
from practice after serving for 25 years as Chair of Family and Community
Medicine at the Reading Hospital. It required several special events to
accommodate all the colleagues and friends who wanted to express their
appreciation and toast him in person on this important occasion. At one
celebration, held on October 1, those feting Dr. Baxter included the President
and CEO of Reading Hospital, Bill Jennings, and VP of Reading Hospital-Tower
Health Marge Bligh. Here we present an edited version of their remarks:
Bill Jennings: For the past few weeks as Dr. Baxter's retirement has drawn
near, we have been doing our best to recognize and pay homage for all the
wonderful things he has done for the benefit of the hospital, its patients and
community. Dr. Baxter is an accomplished and generous man whose career has
been defined by service to others.
When I joined Reading Hospital a year ago, his reputation preceded him and
it has been an honor and a pleasure getting to know and work with him. Since I
have not had the opportunity to work with him for long, I'd like to invite Marge
Bligh to speak about Dr. Baxter's career since she is someone who was fortunate to
be here to witness a good portion of it.
Marge Bligh: Thank you, Bill. I have been fortunate to work with Dr.
Baxter for many years and I am honored to be here to celebrate his countless
accomplishments and contributions to Reading Hospital and Berks County.
Dr. Baxter has been practicing for more than 35 years. It was 1990 when Dr.
Baxter joined Reading Hospital as Program Director for the hospital's Family
Medicine Residency Program. He went on to train nearly 200 residents during
his tenure, many of whom now practice in Berks County-including more than

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