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November 1st, 2017

DRS. JACK KIRK AND STEPHEN JORDAN RETIRE AFTER DECADES OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

Two esteemed members of the New London Hospital family and Kearsarge-Sunapee region, Drs. Jack Kirk and Stephen Jordan, have announced they will officially retire after more than eight decades of combined service. Both are beloved by patients, colleagues, administrators, medical students, and outside members of the healthcare establishment, and they've consistently exemplified the highest callings of the profession.

"Simply put, Jack and Steve set a new standard," says President and CEO of New London Hospital Bruce King. "Beyond their work as world-class physicians, both men remind us daily that healthcare extends far beyond the clinic. Jack and Steve are leaders in our community and exemplary mentors to younger physicians and medical students. They're also insatiably curious, never content with anything short of the most thorough understanding of the medical issue. It's no wonder patients felt so cared for by the two of them."

Dr. Kirk's medical training began at Cornell University, followed by an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. He then came to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to complete his Internal Medicine residency and an additional year of fellowship in Preventive Medicine. In 1972, during his residency, Dr. Kirk first experienced medical practice in New London, spending a month with Dr. John Ohler - an experience that stayed vivid in his memory. After finishing residency, Dr. Kirk spent two years in the Navy, overseas in Iceland, before returning to work full-time with the department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth in 1976. However, an invitation to join NLH in 1977 from Dr. Ohler received an immediate and enthusiastic response.

The proximity of the medical school and New London made it possible for Dr. Kirk to continue playing an active role in medical education, as well as to be a leader in community-based primary care research networks regionally and nationally. But Dr. Kirk's greatest joy of 40 years at New London Hospital has been caring for and about the people who called him their physician. Bringing a genuine interest in each person, Dr. Kirk became noted for diligence and long hours to be sure he "got things right." His patients often remark that "he's like family" and when transferred from NLH to DHMC in 2002, many patients followed him up the road to Dartmouth's Lyme Clinic satellite and promptly returned with him to NLH in 2007.

After completing undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, Dr. Jordan attended Tufts Medical School, followed by four years of Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Buffalo hospitals. While in Buffalo, he was able to "moonlight" in the emergency room of a rural hospital, an experience that provided an important introduction to a community hospital environment and which shaped his desire to work in a small community setting. In 1974, the National Health Service Corps gave him the opportunity to begin practicing in Newport, NH, where, despite the hard work, the joys of primary care practice - especially the opportunity to begin long-term relationships with patients - quickly became apparent. Some of these relationships evolved into providing home visits and nursing home care, both of which became career-long interests.

In 1988, family considerations necessitated a move of Dr. Jordan's practice to New London, where he joined a more expansive group of experienced practitioners. He was extremely appreciative of the large number of Newport patients who followed him to New London, and he continued to teach medical and physician assistant students, as he had in Newport. Like Dr. Kirk, Dr. Jordan held an academic appointment at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, and he continues to inspire younger physicians even today.

In 2004, Dr. Jordan was invited to join the hospital's Board of Trustees, which provided the opportunity to work with an immensely talented group of people at a critical point in NLH's history. But, most importantly, he was fortunate to develop new patients and maintain old patient-physician relationships, which form the bedrock of an internal medicine practice. Friends become patients and patients become friends.

"Dr. Jordan is one of the nicest, most helpful providers I've ever encountered," says Vice President of Risk Management and Corporate Compliance, Kieran Kays. "He's always engaged, whether he's dealing with patients or colleagues or administrative concerns, and he approaches everything very thoughtfully. He and Dr. Kirk are cut from the same cloth."

Drs. Kirk and Jordan enthusiastically believe that their years at NLH have been so satisfying due to the enlightened leadership of the hospital's Board and Administration, their capable and caring professional colleagues, the wonderful and always capable "in the trenches" staff support, and ultimately the caring and cooperation of our New London community.

Celebrating Decades of Distinguished Service

Please join us in honoring Stephen Jordan, MD, and Jack Kirk, MD, at a come-and-go reception to honor the doctors as they retire.

December 6, 6 to 8 p.m.
New London Hospital's Main Lobby
Remarks at 7 p.m.
Light refreshments

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