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Holy Family says goodbye to Moews – Doctor calls his departure bittersweet

By Staff | Dec 19, 2007

ESTHERVILLE–Calling it a bittersweet choice, Dr. Dean Moews bade farewell to Avera Holy Family staff and community members at a coffee in his honor Tuesday at the hospital cafeteria.

Dr. Moews is going to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines where he will pass on his skills to other doctors. “I’ve always looked forward to teaching young doctors,” Dr. Moews said.

Avera CEO Bill Bumgarner was the first to formally thank Dr. Moews for his tireless service above and beyond the call.

“On behalf of the hospital I want to thank you for all you’ve done,” Bumgarner said, noting Dr. Moews’ work with Estherville Ambulance Service and the hospital hospice program. “Thank you for doing all those things that go on behind the scenes and have to get done.”

Pastor Glenn Bohmer, chairman of the advisory board for the free clinic which opened September 1999, thanked Dr. Moews as well for his volunteer service to the clinic.

“He just said this is part of my mission,” Rev. Bohmer said. He presented Dr. Moews with a framed collage of photos of his service at the clinic.

Laurie Thilges, Estherville Medical Clinic manager, also congratulated Dr. Moews on his new opportunity.

“I’m glad I came,” Dr. Moews said of his service to Estherville. “It’s kind of bittersweet. I really enjoy it here.”

“I look forward to the next part of my life. You guys will be always in my heart.”

Dr. Moews, his wife Susie, and their daughters Kaitlin and Rebecca were among Estherville’s most dedicated volunteers, giving many hours to serving people in hospice and nursing homes.

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