For more than 35 years, families in Lennox have put their trust in Family Practice Doctor Scott Rogers, but that long line of care is about to come to an end.
Doc. Rogers, a Physician's Assistant, moved to Lennox in 1977 and helped open up the town's clinic, now Sanford Clinic Lennox.
For the first 20 years or so, most of his patients were house calls.
"You do the house call but you also maybe sit and have a cup of coffee with them and talk with them a little first," said Rogers.
Those house calls helped him become one of the most recognizable people in town.
"He's somebody that if you see him on the street you might happen to ask him a medical question," said Gloria Rops, one of Rogers' patients and long-time nurse at the clinic.
"They'll stop you in the street or in the post office and ask you about their medication refills or is it time to come in for my test yet and of course you have no idea," said Rogers.
"Everyone knows who he is and some people are very fond of him. They've had several generations coming in because he's been here that long," said Rops.
"My parents went to Scott and now I go and my children have gone and also their children, he's been down the line," said Lorna Iken, a life-time resident of Lennox who's been Rogers' patient for the last 35 years.
For many Lennox natives, next month will be their first time going to a new doctor in nearly four decades.
"It will be a challenge, somebody new to get to know," said Rhonda Beach, another of Roger's long-time patients.
"I know I have big shoes to fill with Scott leaving, but I hope to give the same care to this community that he has given for a long time," said Pam Stewart, the new practitioner taking over Rogers' clinic.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed all these years and I'm looking forward to retirement but I'm going to miss my patients and the staff that I've worked with all of these years," said Rogers.
Doc. Rogers' last day will be Friday, March 29. A retirement party will be held in his honor at the community Pizza Ranch on Wednesday, March 27, at 12:45.
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