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Retirement Announcement from Rose, Clinical Assistant

A Message About Rose:

After 33-1/2 years of working together, Rose has made a decision to retire from her nursing career at Traverse Bay Internal Medicine in early June 2022. Over these years, she has been a phenomenal blessing to me, her coworkers, and the thousands of patients that she has served. I am still trying to wrap my head around the reality of her not working alongside me 4-5 days a week. She has been such a devoted nurse and close friend, that special someone that we dream of to be a part of our lives. As I am sure you have all witnessed, Rose exemplifies professionalism, compassion, empathy, heartfelt caring and deep concern. I wouldn’t be who I am and where I am today without Rose and for this I am most grateful. I appreciate her kindness, gentleness, attention to detail, dedication, strong work ethic, and commitment to quality care. She has always gone the extra mile to make my workday less stressful and more streamlined while always keeping the best interest of our patients in mind. Rose truly represents what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus and has walked this out every day in the work setting and then outside of the work setting as well. She is a one in a million person who leaves behind a genuine legacy of what it means to be a nurse extraordinaire. Though I am saddened to see her retire, at the same time I’m so very excited for her to have this opportunity to spend more time with family and friends, pursue special interests and hobbies, and continue to dedicate time to carrying out God’s work. Please join me in extending well wishes and gratitude to Rose as she embarks on this new phase of her life journey.

Rose leaves big shoes to fill, and Roxanne is up for this challenge. Rose has graciously agreed to mentor Roxanne for her last few weeks at TBIM. Roxanne is very passionate about her nursing career and approaches it with a great deal of enthusiasm, love and devotion. She will undoubtedly be a phenomenal asset and blessing to the patients that she serves at TBIM.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Roxanne.


A message from Rose, Clinical Assistant:

As many of you know, my husband retired more than a year ago. We have been blessed with a 3 year old grandson in Florida, where we hope to spend more time with our family. Also, boating and camping.

This has been an emotional roller coaster for me. Dr. Pacer and I have worked together as a successful team for 33+ years. We can operate without speaking.

When the social security representative stated, you have been working since 1971 without any holes or gaps in your employment record, it was an eye opener. She probably had not been born yet!

I started working at MMC (Munson) at the age of 16 and continued my nursing career through college.

Growing up on a dairy farm and the oldest of eleven, my commitment and work ethic were introduced at a young age. I have 3 brothers who continue to raise feeder cattle and provide grains for a local distillery and crops for animals. The sunflower fields in Williamsburg/Elk Rapids are also a product of my family’s hard work. You may think of me as you drive by or have your picture taken surrounded by God’s beauty. Watch out for the bees!

I will retire in early to mid-June 2022.

I will definitely miss all of my work family but will stop in to hopefully brighten their day.

Thank you all so much for all of your friendship and special gifts I have received throughout the years. I truly appreciate all of your thoughtfulness.

Sending good health vibes and love to all,



Message from Roxanne, RN (Registered Nurse):

Aloha, and hello everyone! My name is Roxanne, and I am so excited to become a part of your care team. I have been a registered nurse for 3 years, completing my education in nursing at Northwestern Michigan College. I previously worked at Munson Medical Center Traverse City for 4 years as a Nurse Assistant and Unit Clerk in cardiology and NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) followed by one year as an RN in pre- and post-surgical care and general medical care. I then moved out of the hospital where I spent a little over a year as a RN at a gastroenterology specialty practice. All those experiences have led me here to you and this team. I am excited and humbled to be trusted with your health and will make it my honored work to assist you in attaining your best health outcomes. To give you the most resources to do this, I will be completing Certified Care Manager training ahead of my official start date with Traverse Bay Internal Medicine – allowing me to care for you in not only the day-to-day health issues, but also in a bigger picture approach so that we may well manage the entirety of your health and wellness. I look so very forward to meeting, working with and getting to know all of you.


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