Dr. Robert Bliss announced on Friday, April 18, that he is resigning from his position at the clinic. The much-loved local doctor has been a staple at the medical center for the past 25 years.
“Patients really do love him,” said clinic office manager Marti Frink. “People are always bringing food for Doctor Bliss.”
Out of the 4251 patients seen in 2013, 2291 have Dr. Bliss as their primary caregiver.
“A recent medical evaluation,” Dr. Bliss said, “involving a follow-up of my ongoing general health has generated a recommendation that I immediately stop the way I am providing daily medical care. As most know, I have had previous back and spinal issues. I was strongly advised to alter my daily activities in order to avoid further surgical interventions.”
Dr. Bliss will have his last day at the clinic on Thursday, May 1.
“He has been a wonderful fixture in the community,” said clinic director Delwin Lester. “He will definitely be missed.”
Dr. Bliss asks for the patients that he has cared for to remain with the clinic.
“The medical care providers and staff,” Dr. Bliss said, “will continue to provide the best care possible for all of you. Please stay as healthy as you may in mind, body and spirit.”
Frink expressed that Dr. Bliss has provided a stability and comfort in the clinic.
“He is a jokester,” Frink explained. “That will be missed, too.”
The clinic is now actively seeking a replacement. Lester listed criteria that will be looked for in applicants, including a family and emergency medical background and someone who likes a country environment.
“Health care is a team effort,” Lester said. “We are not looking for superman who wants to do it all. We need someone who fits in well with the team that is already in place.”
Lester also noted that a sense of humor would be appreciated, a trait that will be missed when Dr. Bliss leaves.
“On behalf of the staff,” Lester said, “we are sad to lose him. He will be missed by all and leave large shoes to fill.”