[r54] Saunders Standard: Thanking one of our own (7/6/2011)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Start Date: 7/6/2011 All Day
End Date: 7/6/2011

If you have lived around the New Castle area for some time, you might know Dr. Paul Stricker. He joined the Henry County Clinic soon after graduating from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1959. Since then, he has provided our community with his caring, medical expertise by helping thousands of our own community members.

After 52 years of service, he has decided to hang up his stethoscope and enjoy retirement. Through his years, he has had a profound impact on our community.

The Henry County Clinic, which he joined with Dr. James Bledsoe and Dr. Roy McKee, was the first of its kind in Indiana. It was the first health facility that was open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; with its own laboratory, X-ray machine and pharmacy-items that are very familiar in today's medical facilities, but back then, it was ahead of its time. They would be with patients from sun up to sun down and would go on their hospital rounds until the wee hours of the morning.

Back in the day, when doctors made house calls, many of our neighbors received visits from Dr. Stricker. Even when house calls became out of the norm, he still made personal house calls and would visit his patients in the hospital. In fact, he still makes it a point even today to go twice a week to visit his patients in the hospital.

Now, when you visit the doctor, you wait more than 20 minutes in the waiting room to see them. Once you get their attention, you tell them what's wrong, they ask some follow-up questions and you are in and out in less than five minutes. With Dr. Stricker, he took the time to get to know his patients and see how they were doing. You didn't mind waiting to see him because you knew when you were with him, like his other patients, you were getting his full attention.

He cared more about his patients and had more compassion than most doctors I have met in my 60 years.  He always called his patients personally to give them test results or to follow up on how they were feeling, and he always remembered everything-you never repeated yourself with him.

Some of you may know that my wife, Sue, worked for Dr. Stricker many years ago as a nursing assistant. That was how I really got to know him. She told me that she always enjoyed working for him during those years.

Some of you may have no idea who I am talking about, some of you might; either way, if you get the chance to talk to, write to or see Dr. Stricker, give him a thank you. Thank him for serving our community for as long as he did and in the way that he did. He is a great man and I wish him a healthy and enjoyable retirement.