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c o m Pa s s P o i n t s

A Tribute to our Chair
T.J. Huckleberry, MPA
Executive Director

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few weeks ago I was asked to use this edition of Compass
Points to honor Dr. Mike Baxter. Dr. Baxter recently
announced his retirement as well as concluded his tenure
as Chair of the Berks County Medical Society. I am embarrassed
to admit that I must have gone through 15 drafts before arriving
at what you are reading today. To be clear, it was not for a lack of
context or material. To the contrary, draft #3 was over four pages
long, while draft #6 was likening our outgoing leader to Colin
Powell, and the latest draft had a very odd "Derek Jeter retirement"
theme that was somehow even more off target than my Colin Powell
analogy. Obviously, none of these were fitting and I was struggling
to find the right words to adequately serve as tribute to one of our
community's most respected physicians and a man I truly admire.
So I am just going to say, "Thank You Dr. Baxter."
Thank you for your leadership.
Thank you for hiring me.
Thank you for steadfastly serving your patients 24 hours a day/7
days a week and all the while giving your time to lead our Society as
well as many other worthy causes in Berks County.
Thank you for mentoring so many of our young physicians, all of
which will carry your principals and wisdom into their careers and
practices.
Thank you for hiring me.
Thank you for creating our Compass, instilling in our members
the four key points of what out Society stands for; Collegiality,
Professionalism, Education, and Advocacy.
Thank you for passing the torch to Dr. Kristen Sandel, our new
Chair, a talented physician who is truly able to fill your shoes in the
years to come.

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Thank you for hiring me.
Thank you for leaving your legacy amongst the many great
physician-leaders that have graced our Society since 1824.
Thank you for being an outspoken voice for your fellow
physicians, colleagues, and patients.
Thank you for championing our county's at-risk patients, our
uninsured, and our underserved.
Thank you for being an agent of change in our Society and for
allowing me to act as one as well.
Thank you for successfully shepherding our Society over the past
six years through the good and difficult times. Like the legacies of
Dr. Truex and the many Chairs before you, our Society has become
only stronger under your leadership.
Thank you for hiring me
Lastly, thank you for dedicating your life to the art of medicine
and improving the lives of the patients of Berks County.
Teddy Roosevelt once said, "Far and away the best prize that life
has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Not only was this also found in draft #1 for this article and one
of my favorite quotes, it summarizes perfectly Dr. Baxter's stellar
career.
Here's to achieving that prize, Dr. Baxter.
On behalf of your friends and colleagues at the Berks County
Medical Society, Thank you, Mike.


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