Elaine Metzger, AASPR, plans to retire
By Jennifer Metivier, MS, FASPR, ASPR Executive Director
Congratulations to Elaine Metzger, AASPR, manager of physician recruitment at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, OH, who plans to retire on May 31 after 23 years in the field of physician recruitment and 38 years at her organization. Elaine has been a member of ASPR since 2001 and a very active and dedicated volunteer in our organization. She served two terms as a member-at-large on the ASPR Board of Directors from 2007 through 2010. Elaine was also a co-chair of the ASPR Membership & Marketing Committee from 2009 through 2010. She volunteered as a mentor in the ASPR Mentorship Program and shared her broad knowledge and experience with colleagues on the chat listserv over the years.
Elaine was one of the founding members of the Ohio Network of Physician Recruiters (ONPR), where she served as president from 2005-2006, served on several committees, and was the chair of the marketing committee.
Elaine is very well respected among her colleagues. Diane Collins, FASPR, HealthPartners Medical Group (Minneapolis, MN), said, “I met Elaine at an in-person Membership & Marketing Committee meeting several years back. We made an immediate connection and I appreciated all of the knowledge she shared with me. We sat on the ASPR Board of Directors together for one year and I watched her volunteer time and time again without ever being asked. I consider Elaine a true mentor and a dear friend, and wish her a happy retirement.”
Brett Walker, FASPR, director of physician/provider recruitment at Indiana University Health (Indianapolis) and past ASPR President, has known Elaine for many years. Brett said, “Elaine is a fun and engaging recruitment professional who is a joy to be around. Her compassion and true caring personality is something I will always treasure. Her comfort level and confidence to always ‘speak the truth’ is a true gift and talent and one that I have treasured. Elaine has been a hard worker and a true ambassador for the in-house physician recruitment profession. One who new and mid-career recruiters could learn from and look up to. Cheers to all of her professional accomplishments and to a happy and healthy retirement.”
Elaine, the leaders and members of ASPR appreciate your years of dedication and your joyful spirit. We will truly miss you. Congratulations upon your retirement! May you find health, happiness, and good fortune in the years to come!