The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center family was joined by local leaders and citizens Wednesday, March 23 in recognizing three outstanding local physicians and their families. This trio of doctors have given our community a combined 77 years of dedicated service at our hospital.
The brother and sister duo of Doctors Mary Lucille Ingram Long and Christopher L. Ingram have served our community for 25 years apiece. Dr. Phyllis L. Mason was recognized for her 27 year tenure at NRMC. All three physicians have become integral parts of our community and have cared for thousands of our friends, families, and neighbors over the years. Their service extends beyond practicing medicine. They are fixtures of our community, churches, and volunteer organizations. In addition, Dr. Mason served our nation in the United States Army. They epitomize the kind of hard-working citizens and leaders who make our community a great place to live.
NRMC CEO Kirk Soileau welcomed the attendees and introduced the guests of honor. Natchitoches Mayor Rev. Ronnie Williams gave the invocation. Mr. Charles Whitehead III presented the hospital with a golden bladed shovel that was used by his father in the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s first expansion in the mid 1970’s, a fitting reminder of how far the hospital has come over the years.
Doctors Long, Ingram and Mason will have their names engraved on leaves and added to the hospital’s “Legacy Tree”, a display by the main entrance in which long serving hospital employees are honored for their service.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to thank Doctors Long, Ingram and Mason for their long service to our community. We also wish to congratulate them on the well-deserved honor.
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