LILLIAN - South Baldwin Regional Medical Group - Primary Care in Lillian celebrated a triple ribbon cutting between South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, and Central …
LILLIAN - South Baldwin Regional Medical Group - Primary Care in Lillian celebrated a triple ribbon cutting between South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, and Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce on Thur., Oct. 24. The event was to celebrate the new clinic as well as Doctor James Pace, who is retiring after a total of 40 years in the medical field. Doctor Edward Williams will be the new provider at the clinic.
“Dr. Pace’s resume was a short little one-pager when he initially came to the hospital, but he has accomplished so much for this community and we could not be prouder of him and everything he has accomplished,” said South Baldwin Regional Medical Center CEO Daniel McKinney. “It’s also reason to celebrate today as we have Dr. Williams as our new provider here in our Lillian community, and we are very excited to have him here.”
McKinney presented Pace with a resolution the South Baldwin Regional staff adopted, thanking him for his years of service, and praising his expertise, insight, perspective, and patient care which he’s provided in the area since 1988. Pace has worked with community members from Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Elberta, Magnolia Springs, Robertsdale, and most notably, Lillian.
Pace and his wife, Lucy, used to visit the area from their home in Ohio, making trips to see Pace’s medical school roommate who was located in Pensacola. During a solo trip, Pace’s wife surprised him by buying a building where he could grow his practice. Upon visiting to see the new location, Pace surprised his wife back when he bought them a home, making the move to the Gulf Coast area. They have lived here for 32-years.
“I have mixed feelings, mixed emotions about leaving, but I’ve got eight years in Ohio and 32 here, so 40 total,” Pace said. “That’s about the time my body is telling me that I’ve got to do something else for a while.”
Pace stated he was happy to leave the community with Williams, who is a Mobile native and will soon be welcoming a nurse practitioner to the staff, giving the community two providers.
“South Baldwin had a layup of opportunity, so I signed up, came down here, and started working with Dr. Pace,” Williams said. “It’s going to be impossible to even compare to him, but what I can do is try to continue what he’s been doing for his patients, and I’m looking forward to that.”
In the last few years, South Baldwin Regional Medical Center has invested in technology to become the first hospital in the area to perform robotic surgery and to perform robotic knee and hip replacements, and the first fully accredited primary stroke center in Baldwin County.
“The thing that I think we’re proudest of every single day is the feedback that we receive from our patients,” McKinney said. “When we look across the region at our publicly reported patient satisfaction data, there’s really one leader, and it’s South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. From Pensacola to Mobile, our patients say great things about us, and I hope that develops a trust in our communities … We truly believe that if we as a hospital take care of the communities that we serve, then our communities will take care of us as a hospital.”
For more on South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, check out their website at www.southbaldwinrmc.com.