To all my Dear Patients and Families,
It is with a full heart and after much prayerful consideration that I am announcing that I am leaving Utah Valley Pediatrics on June 25, 2019.
Where am I going? My wife and I are taking our family to Vanuatu, a small country in the South Pacific.
Why am I leaving? Vanuatu is in major need of help. There are 10 doctors for 300,000 people spread over 80 islands. Medical care for their 150,000 children is extremely limited. Their mortality rate is high and minor improvements make a major difference. We are in a position to provide training for 36 medical school graduates on whom the country is relying for future care. This could change the entire direction for the children of Vanuatu. (DoktaBlongMi.com/about-us)
What’s our strategy? We are selling pretty much what we own. With the boom in the housing market, we expect we will be able to live off our equity for a little while. In addition, I am starting a small subscription practice called Dokta Blong Mi (‘My Doctor’). Our hope is that in time subscriptions from wealthy patients in Vanuatu can eventually help us break even on our expenses. This will allow us to stay and teach and build for longer.
Who’s replacing me? I’m thrilled to announce that we have hired Dr. Ryan Gottfredson as my replacement. He’s coming out of the Air Force. I have enjoyed getting to know him and am grateful for how well he clicked with the few of you he’s met. I feel comfortable that he’ll be a great addition to our pediatric family.
How will this affect your family? Hopefully as little as possible. I am hopeful that Dr. Gottfredson will be able to step right in and provide the support you and your children need. All appointments on my schedule will be seen by him after June. I would ask that you give him a try, welcoming him into our Medical Home.
How can you help? I appreciate the many who’ve asked this question. I would ask that you consider four things. First, we are grateful for your prayers on our behalf. Second, continue to look for opportunities to improve the lives of those in your sphere of influence. Third, extend a kind welcome to Dr. Gottfredson. And lastly, for those for whom sponsoring a special-needs child in Vanuatu might be appropriate, please consider making a tax deductible donation through the nonprofit with which we work. (DoktaBlongMi.com/Sponsor.)
Questions? I’m sure you have many more questions. Thankfully, Cheryl will continue to devotedly serve you and your children. Please call and come in. I would love to see your children again before I leave, getting as many as possible caught up on well visits. I will add as many extra appointments as I can to help. Please schedule now.
Thank you! Being a part of your family has been one of the greatest happinesses of my life. I pray that you and your family, as well as those you serve, will be blessed for your goodness.
With Warm Regards,
Matt Cornish, MD