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40 here at Reading Hospital. I consider this a true testament to the
strong program he has built and which continues to flourish.
For the last 25 years, Dr. Baxter has served as the Chair of
Family and Community Medicine. He has served on countless
committees and interdisciplinary teams to establish and advance
policies and protocols. These include the Cancer Committee, the
Graduate Medical Education Committee, and (as Chair) the Ethics
Committee, among others. He has seen thousands of patients-
many of whom are our employees and their families-and built
strong relationships based on genuine care and compassion.
That compassion is what drove Dr. Baxter to make such a lasting
impact on the Berks County community. He has been involved
in numerous public health initiatives, including providing care to
individuals without insurance through various clinics such as the
Western Berks Free Medical Clinic. He served as the President of
the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and President of
the Berks County Medical Society, where he worked with colleagues
to enhance care and access through the creation of the Berks
Community Health Center and served on the Center's advisory
board. Dr. Baxter also served as the Physician Consultant to the
Reading School District for 15 years, as the campus physician for
Penn State Berks for 25 years and for Alvernia University for 9 years.
I could go on, but suffice it to say Dr. Baxter has touched
thousands of lives in the course of his distinguished career through
direct patient care, physician training, and community service. His
work has had a tremendous impact and we will continue to reap
the benefits of his service well beyond his retirement. (Turning
to Dr. Baxter): I'd like to commend you for your leadership, your
collaboration, your commitment, your compassion, and all that you
have done for the last 29 years at the Reading Hospital. Thank you,
sincerely, for your service and congratulations on your retirement.
You will be missed.
Bill Jennings: Another item on the list of Dr. Baxter's
achievements includes his close collaboration with Dr. Hanna to
create the Hanna Center for Primary Care Research, Department of
Family and Community Medicine Fund. The goals of this research
fund can be drawn parallel to Dr. Baxter's career of service: to
improve the health and quality of life for our patients, reduce health
disparities, and address social determinants of health.
Mr. Jennings then announced that, in honor of Dr. Baxter's retirement,
people who had worked with him had donated a total of $15,000 to this
research fund. Dr. Baxter was presented with a plaque to commemorate
this donation.
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