For Dr. Peter Tan of Citrus Hills, retirement has been the door to many new paths.
His newest accomplishment is to be elected chair of the board of trustees of HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville.
Tan retired as a colonel within the Dental Corps of the Military Reserve after 36 years, together with serving because the highest-ranking dental corps officer within the Workplace of the Surgeon Common and Pentagon. He was the second answerable for the Pacific Regional Dental Command, in addition to of the Europe Regional Dental Command. He commanded the 185th Dental Firm and the 7301 Medical Coaching Help Battalion.
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He’s an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Amongst his retirement achievements embrace serving as a civilian aide to Secretary of the Military Christine Wormuth, president of the Navy Officer Affiliation of Citrus County, and as a director for the Affiliation for the US Military, Suncoast Chapter.
He’s the primary resident of Citrus County to function a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Military. He stated he believes he is also the primary individual from Citrus County to be chair of the Oak Hill hospital board.
Don Taylor, board president of the Financial Improvement Authority for Citrus County, additionally serves on the Oak Hill board.
As Tan put it, “I’m honored to culminate my 30 years in my surgical career so as to add to the steerage of a terrific hospital.”
He stated though the trustees will not be concerned within the day-to-day operations of the hospital, they do advise the administration and employees. Each directors and employees members serve on the board, as do lay members with experience in areas of worth to the hospital.
Trustees are appointed to champion numerous areas of the medical middle. Tan’s areas are medical credentialing and affected person expertise.
Trustees are “to supply the imaginative and prescient,” Tan stated.
The 350-bed Oak Hill hospital lately accomplished a $20 million growth of its emergency room, doubling its dimension, in line with Katie Stacy, the hospital’s director of communications and neighborhood engagement. The hospital is also spending $10.7 million so as to add a 3rd catheterization lab to assist coronary heart sufferers, in addition to to renovate two labs.
It’s the solely hospital in Hernando County offering open coronary heart surgical procedure. Its graduate medical schooling program trains 161 medical doctors a yr in specialties starting from anesthesiology to podiatric medication. It presents a fellowship in geriatric medication.
Tan stated he’s “very humbled” about his new chairmanship. “It’s nothing I pursued,” he stated.
But, this appointment is just not such new territory for Tan. He’s served beforehand as board chair of 10 organizations on the native, state, and nationwide ranges, together with as president of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and of its Anesthesia Analysis Basis.
Tan is also president and CEO of TANARM, a consulting agency concerned with management improvement, well being care administration, emergency and catastrophe administration, public well being consulting, and navy/protection work. And he’s a companion in Tutorial Innovation Companions Inc., a consulting group that encourages the appliance of educational analysis to real-world issues.
He’s taught for the Military, the College of Maryland and different faculties, and had a personal observe in oral and maxillofacial surgical procedure.
Now he’s sought as a keynote speaker at well being care conferences, navy and neighborhood occasions.
He’s efficiently blended navy and civilian life throughout his profession and stated he’s discovered the 2 usually complement one another.
He jokes the Military can present coaching in any area, besides, maybe, hairdressing.
Tan stated that from an early age, his dad and mom and lecturers “fostered a mentality that if there’s a chance to study, go for it.”
Tan initially graduated from dental college however then pursued surgical, in addition to anesthesia schooling in medical college.
He holds a black belt in South Korean Aikido and a black belt in Taekwondo. He’s a SCUBA dive grasp and a skier and golfer, amongst different pursuits.
“I’ve a ardour for persevering with schooling,” he stated.
His recommendation to others in search of a sturdy life is, “Life doesn’t stand nonetheless. It’s stuffed with journey and you need to grasp all the things you may. No matter is obtainable, contemplate taking it. It gained’t be supplied once more. Be taught and change into a greater individual from it,” he stated.
Though Tan has had many alternatives and most have led to further alternatives, he has confronted each sunshine and shade through the years.
He stated he couldn’t have led the life he’s skilled with out the assistance and devotion of his late spouse, Grace, who handed away final January.
“I miss her dearly,” he stated. “She was part of this.”
Equally, his household supported him all through the years, as did his navy and medical employees, and faculties’ instructional help employees.
He’s discovered that the previous yr has been “a really reflective yr,” he stated.
The accolades and awards which have come to him “all have been simply an honor,” he stated.