2018-04-05 / Editorial

Thanks for the care, Dr. Joseph England

After more than three decades practicing medicine in town, Dr. Joseph England retired March 30, ending a career that saw him care for entire families with members of all ages.

When he arrived in 1984, England filled the void of the town having a full-time doctor, eventually growing his practice to be the island’s first full-service medical center.

The ability for families with multiple generations to see England also made him unique in an era of medical specialization, a great benefit to island residents who preferred not to have to travel for care.

His Marcus Welby-like approach endeared him to many, who not only received medical services but also the concern of a discreet, personable and supportive physician. When he started his practice in town, it was commonplace for him to visit his patients no matter where they were, from delivery rooms to emergency rooms to nursing homes.

His “less is more” philosophy when prescribing medication also was appreciated by numerous patients in a world where doctors are quick to medicate as a first-step health solution.

As his practice grew, England also forged ties with Newport Hospital and Lifespan, the nonprofit health system that administers facilities throughout the state, which greatly increased the type of care his patients had access to and could receive.

England’s ties to the community went beyond his practice. His band was a frequent performer in town throughout the years and he said he will continue to play in the Jamestown Community Band in his retirement.

The town is certainly much richer — and healthier — for his connection to it all these years and for that we thank him.

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