29 Sep After nearly forty years in practice, Dr. Israel is hanging up her stethoscope.
September 21, 2020
To My Patients and Parents:
As hard as it was for me to do this, I have decided to retire from the practice of pediatrics effective November 1, 2020. I have struggled with writing this letter and with the decision itself, but the time has come.
It has been my privilege and honor to have cared for your children for almost forty years (I can’t believe it when I see it in print!). To be considered a part of your families, however small, and a trusted source of knowledge and help in times of sickness and distress has brought me an enormous sense of fulfillment. I have always been amazed, and enormously flattered, when former patients have brought their children to me for the same care they received. As much as I would love to stay to raise my second – and almost third – generations, I really don’t want to be the one in diapers by the time we’re done!
I will miss my fellow doctors and the fantastic staff at Acton Road Pediatrics. They have made these years professionally rewarding and really fun. I am so proud of everyone here at ARP, and I hope you will choose to remain here as patients after I have retired. I have complete faith in the office I am leaving behind, including our new physician, Dr. Lisa Frees. I hope you will all welcome her to Acton Road Pediatrics. If you elect to transfer to another office upon my departure, you will need to fill out a “Release of Records” authorization form in order to have your child’s (children’s) records transferred. You may contact our front office at 205-978-8245 and they will assist you in obtaining these forms.
Perhaps as the remaining doctors experience maternity leaves, illness or family commitments, my former partners will “take me out and dust me off” for some fill-in work. If so, I will be thrilled to see some of you.
I wish you all good health and happiness, and I hope to keep hearing about you and your lives from ARP staff and doctors. I will really, truly miss you all very much!
Fondly and with heartfelt thanks,
Dr. Israel (Lillian)