Lib’s retirement

Not many people can say that they have worked with the same "boss" for 31 years, with 21 of those years at UNC. I started working with Dr. Robert Berger in 1982, as the business manager when he began a private practice in Rheumatology/Allergy with Eastowne Medical Specialists following his fellowship at UNC.

In 1991 he became the Outpatient Medical Director for the Department of Medicine at UNC preparing for the opening of the Ambulatory Care Center in 1992. The private practice closed in 1991; however while awaiting the opening of the Ambulatory Care Center, the Eastowne office became Carolina Arthritis and Allergy Associates, and I remained as the business manager with Dr. Berger, Dr. John Winfield, and Dr. William Yount seeing patients at one of the first off-site clinics for the Department of Medicine at UNC. Over the years, Dr. Berger has worn many hats as physician, clinic director, medical director, associate chief of staff, and chief medical information officer and as a result this is what kept my job as his administrative assistant interesting. I have also served as Co-Division Administrator for the better part of 12 years.

Deciding to retire was not an easy decision because I worked with a "boss" that treated me as an equal. I will miss talking to patients that I have come to know over the years. I have made many friends with co-workers and will miss seeing them on a daily basis, but I am sure we will keep in touch. As I have been working since I was 15, I am looking forward to spending more time at home with family (both the 2 legged and 4 legged ones), leisurely tending to the yard rather than tackling it as a week-end warrior, reading, card making, spending time at the lake and beach, and hopefully, being able to do some traveling.