Appreciation: A farewell letter from Dr. Valente

One year ago, when I made the decision to stop working and retire, I knew that this last year of work would involve significant transition. I gradually reduced my work demands and obligations. I did whatever I could to try to find a replacement for myself, but this was not to be. They are now just not making enough new rheumatologists. I put in place tools that would allow me a new level of mentorship for the nurse practitioners, Ms. Heather Sorensen and Ms. Jaimie Russell, who will continue to work with ALL my team Valente patients after I have retired. This year has proven to me that I am leaving my established patients in good hands.

Less visible, but no less impactful, has been the news of my retirement on my employees and on my patients. And what I now appreciate, with my leaving, will be the loss of the bond of mutual trust, dependence, and camaraderie that made the Arthritis Center of Nebraska and all my patients, not only feel like home, but part of my extended family. I celebrated weddings, births, graduations, promotions, and even retirements, as much as I celebrated the reduction in the number of swollen joints. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to work with all the gifted professionals at the Arthritis Center of Nebraska. And I am honored that I had the privilege of providing rheumatology care to so many wonderful patients who faced the daily challenges of chronic arthritis.

Thank you to all that made this, for me, the most rewarding career I could have ever hoped. Wishing you all healthy and wonderful lives.

Robert M. Valente, M.D.

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Dr. Robert Valente earned a BS in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota, then graduated from Mayo Medical School. After finishing his internal medicine internship and residency… Read more.