Warning: This is a long and emotional post.
Today we said goodbye to JoAnn Blair, RN, CCM, at Community Health Pediatrics. JoAnn has retired and leaves behind a legacy of service and care.
JoAnn started working for Pediatric Associates on April 5, 1991. When Pediatric Associates joined Community Health in November of 2011, she came along with them.
In the 30 years that she has worked with our providers, she has been a CLIA officer, worked as back up for immunizations, chaired the EMR implementation, done E Clinical Works, been a Practice Leader, and is now a Certified Nurse Care Manager.
To get an idea of JoAnn Blair's nature, for years she has taken returnables back to the redemption center to buy gas cards for patients who struggle with transportation.
We asked this question, "How would you describe JoAnn Blair?"
Here are just a few of the answers we received:
Jo: I am grateful for the honor of being your teammate since I joined Pediatric Associates, July 1993.You exemplify the calling of compassionate health care. I appreciate your unwavering commitment to the families and children of our community and your dedication to our pediatric practice. You never sought accolades: an unsung hero to me always! - David Schneider
I've been lucky enough to work with you for 30 years. I'm forever grateful for your friendship, compassion and hard work. I remember when the doc's interviewed you and Dr. Baker said she would need to do "whatever is needed." You have done that & more! You're an amazing force in helping the kiddos & parents. I will miss you sorely. Thank you. Happy Retirement - Judy Nelson
JoAnn is selfless. She works tirelessly and always gives 110%. She is always focused on problem solving and is EVERYONE'S "go to" person. She has so much knowledge and is too happy to share especially about teaching us how to do PA's.....no thanks;)
Jo: You will be missed EVERY day! I hope you know how much you are loved and appreciated by me. You are so special to all of us! -Suzanne Ouimet
Jo has given selflessly to our patients and practice. There is nothing Jo hasn't done here, or is hesitant to do. She is kind to families, and willing to go beyond limits to get patients what they need. She has taught me so much; I will forever be grateful for how supportive she has been. I'm happy for her to have time for herself. Cheers to you Jo! Congrats on your retirement. -Laura Edwards
After JoAnn has taken a much-needed break, she plans on making crocheted sacks to hold crayons and coloring books so that the kids will have something to do while parents talk to providers. This is one amazing woman. Whoever follows in her footsteps will have very large shoes to fill. ... See MoreSee Less
Amazing person and nurse!! JoAnn you will be greatly missed😢 Enjoy your retirement❤️❤️
Thank you for all you have done you will truly be missed enjoy jordan and family thanks you❤️
Congratulations JoAnn. I hope you adapt to retirement as easily as I did.🎉🎉🎉🎉
Congratulations JoAnn! Looks like a great send off! 🎉
So grateful for every minute of my relationship with Joann Blair. Thank you for your lessons of and to humanity. Enjoy your well earned retirement, revel in/celebrate(!) all of your accomplishments. You save the world.
I’m so glad we got to see Joann today on her last day!! Thank you so much for the care and love you have shown to our little man!! We really could not have survived those first few months without your support and guidance. Thank you so much for your kindness and love! Happy retirement!
Congratulations JoAnne! I have always been glad to hear your voice on the other end of the line both as a parent and a colleague! Very best wishes to you on your retirement!🎉
Always loved having her take care of our girls! Enjoy your retirement!
congratulations JoAnn. you were the best
Joanne is amazing! She is a true gift to this profession!!! She will be missed by many!
She certainly earned it! Happy retirement JoAnn! Congrats🥳 Be well and have fun! 😘
Congratulations Joann! I’m so lucky to have been able to work with you. You truly are one of the hardest working individuals I have ever met. Best of luck with retirement!!
JoAnn is one of the most amazing, caring nurses I have ever had the pleasure of working with. In February, she became a Certified Case Manager. This demonstrated her high level of commitment to her profession! She will be greatly missed by us all. Enjoy your retirement Joann. 💗💗
Congratulations JoAnn Blair! I wish you happiness and health. You supported many a child and parent over the years. Now enjoy your family. 💕
Congrats JoAnn! You are the best! Enjoy retirement 🥳
Congratulations Joann! Enjoy your retirement!
Congratulations enjoy retirement
Congrats JoAnn Enjoy !!!
Congratulations! Enjoy your retirement!
Congratulations Jo!!!!! It was a pleasure to work with you!! 💕🌸💕
Claudia Courcelle, RN, BSN, MSA CCM, Clinical Director at Community Health, provides more information on what blood pressure readings mean and talks about the importance of regularly checking your blood pressure. This is video 2 of 2 in a two-part series.
Thank you, Claudia, for participating in this project and working to keep our community educated! ... See MoreSee Less
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