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Post-career doctors honored at ceremony at physicians’ circle


September 17, 2015

Three names were added to the plaques on the Physicians’ Circle in front of Skiff Medical Center on Sept. 11, honoring post-career physicians who dedicated significant portions of their careers to the Newton and Jasper County communities. Present at the ceremony were Dr. Phil Clevenger and Marinus Spierenburg, husband of the late Dr. Ruth Spierenburg. Dr. Gary Richardson was not in attendence. Skiff CEO Brett Altman spoke at the ceremony, offering an overview of the lives and careers of those honored:

Dr. Phil Clevenger
• Had a 30-year medical career, practicing at Newton Clinic since 1995
• Started out in finance, but made a change to a medical career
• Attended Des Moines University
• Served as chief of medical staff for Skiff Medical Center
• Originally practiced medicine in Monroe prior to Newton
• Strong advocate for employees and the community
• Loved and cherished by many patients
• Still serves as Jasper County’s medical examiner

 Dr. Gary Richardson
• Board-certified surgeon
• Practiced in Newton for 20-plus years in his own private practice
• Raised in Monroe
• Attended the University of Iowa
• Served two years in the U.S. Army
• Started his own private practice
• Served on the Skiff Medical Center Board of Trustees

Dr. Ruth Spierenburg
• Dedicated pediatrician
• Opened a private practice in Newton in 2001
• Graduated from New York Medical College
• Was a teacher prior to becoming a physician
• Very involved in the community
• Self published a children’s book, “Little Lad, a Tale of Love and Liberty”
• One of her greatest attributes was her passion for people, particularly children
• She was highly respected in the professional care of her pediatric patients and their parents
• She had a positive effect on countless lives, as a friend and as a doctor
• She passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 18, 2013

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Skiff Medical Center, a member of Mercy Health Network, is located in Newton, Iowa. We provide services to Jasper County residents in all major health areas, including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, radiology, obstetrics, emergency medicine, hospice, home care, laboratory, respiratory, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The Skiff Specialty Clinic hosts more than 20 physicians specializing in cardiology, dermatology, ENT, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology and urology.
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