JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Members of the Junction City/Geary County community came out to honor a doctor who has touched thousands of lives during his career.
Dr. Ronald Mace, a longtime and well-respected family physician, was honored Friday afternoon during a reception at Geary Community Hospital.
Mace is retiring after 38 years at the hospital.
Over the course of his career, he’s delivered nearly 3,000 babies and helped influence the minds of many young physicians.
Geary County Community officials revealed that as a mentor and teacher, Dr. Mace was preceptor to about 50 fourth-year medical students from the University of Kansas School of Medicine during his career. He is also extremely proud that he and CEO Gaylon Lowery were able to start The University of Kansas Family Practice Residency-Junction City Rural Track in 1994. He went on to train 15 family medicine residents and will close the program with his retirement. Former students Dr. Todd Frieze and Dr. Jimmy Jenkins stayed on and are sought-after physicians at Geary Community Hospital. Dr. Alberto Montoya, the first resident in 1995, was here for several years in the emergency department. Dr. Rafael Velasquez is a physician at Irwin Army Community Hospital on Fort Riley. Dr. Mace’s teaching ability was so highly thought of across the state that he was named 2003 Exemplary Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.
“I’m feeling pretty good. I have mixed feelings about quitting but I’m ready not to have to work anymore. I’m going to miss being in here so I’m going to have to come in and get my hugs periodically anyway. I’ve delivered babies and grand-babies for a lot of people and babies for the babies I’ve brought into the world so it’s been a long, good, great deal. It’s been an important part of my life,” Dr. Mace told WIBW.
Dr. Mace even helped designed the Women’s Center at Geary Community Hospital.
The hospital recognized him for his unwavering commitment to patient care, placing a plaque there in his honor.