After 37 years of practicing medicine in Ashley County, Dr. Andy Gresham hung up his stethoscope for the last time last week.
Ashley County Medical Center took time to recognize Gresham, who worked his last day as a doctor with ACMC and the Family Clinic of Ashley County on Thursday, shortly after.
Gresham was a 1971 graduate of Crossett High School and a 1979 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1979. After serving his residency in Little Rock, he returned to Crossett in 1982 with his wife and two daughters Nancy and Sara to start a family practice.
Dr. Gresham saw his last Crossett patient on Thursday morning and attended his retirement reception Thursday afternoon.
On Friday, Gresham and his wife, Glenda, left for Oklahoma, a move that would put them closer to their three grandchildren Reid, Ruby and Wren Roland.
“I knew he would work right up until time for us to go,” Glenda Gresham said.
Patients, friends and hospital staff flooded the halls of Gresham’s clinic to say their goodbyes on Thursday afternoon.
“I can’t give a speech because I’ll cry,” Dr. Gresham said after hospital administrator Phillip Gilmore presented him with a proclamation from the hospital board and a parting gift.
Gilmore thanked Gresham for his dedication to his patients and community and commended his 37 years of service.
“That’s really something, we wish you the best of luck on your next adventure,” Gilmore said.
Ruthie Boseman, Dr. Gresham’s nurse at the clinic, said that she has worked for Dr. Gresham for 21 years and has been his primary nurse for the last 12.
“He is awesome to work for, he’s compassionate and his patients love him; we are really going to miss him,” Boseman said.
Not only did Boseman work for Gresham, but he delivered both of her daughters as well.
“He really is like family and I just can’t say enough good things about him,” Boseman said. “He is a great doctor.”
Several of Gresham’s patients attended the reception and tears were shed as they said their last goodbyes.
Tasha Dorcy said that Dr. Gresham delivered her in 1983 and has not only been her doctor, but also her children’s doctor. Dorcy said he was a wonderful physician for her, and is wonderful with her children. She called him irreplaceable.
“We are so happy for him and Mrs. Glenda, but my family will miss him dearly,” Dorcy said.
One of Gresham’s daughters, Sarah Gresham Roland, drove in with her three children for the reception. Roland and her children Reid, Ruby and Wren, joined her parents as her father accepted the “Key to the City of Crossett” from Mayor Scott McCormick.
“He’s been my doctor for 37 years and I’m going to miss him; I know we all are,” McCormick said.
Dr. Gresham said that while he is happy to start this new chapter, he will really miss Crossett and all of the people he has grown to love.
“Crossett really is a great place to live,” he said.