Messer retires as Forrest General Hospital Cath Lab celebrates 40th Anniversary
This week is sure to be bittersweet for the staff at Forrest General’s Heart Catheterization Lab as they celebrate 40 years of providing care and say, “goodbye” to long-time cardiologist, Thomas Messer, MD, as he retires.
“This has been my home for the past 35 years of my career. It feels appropriate to retire on a milestone year for the Cath Lab. I look forward to watching the work of colleagues, and I know that Forrest General will continue to grow and innovate for many years to come,” said Thomas Messer, MD.
Ben Carmichael, MD, performed the first cardiac catheterization at Forrest General on January 20, 1978. Cardiac catheterization, sometimes called a cardiac cath or heart cath, is a procedure used to determine how well a patient’s heart is working. A thin, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel that leads to the heart. This procedure helps physicians to find out if patients have disease of the heart muscle, valves or coronary arteries. The Cath Lab has grown and evolved over the years as medicine has become more advanced, but this procedure is still performed today and has helped saved hundreds of lives over the past 40 years.
As the hospital celebrates this milestone, employees and staff also celebrate the work of Thomas Messer, MD. His official retirement date is January 18, 2018, and the hospital held a retirement reception for him on January 16.
“We appreciate Dr. Messer’s long career and the years he gave to Forrest General. He has served our community well and touched many lives during his 35 years,” said Andy Woodard, Forrest Health president.