WKCTC Honors Retiring Medical DirectorWhen Debbie Swain became coordinator of the surgical technology program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College eight years ago, her first task was to select a medical director. I wanted someone who would be a huge support to me, the program, the college, but most importantly to the students who we all serve, Swain said. (Heart surgeon Dr. W. Robin) Howe was the only name that ever came to my mind.
Dr. Howe, one of the co-founders of Baptist Heart Center, accepted without hesitation; and on Monday evening the college thanked him for his continued support during a reception at the Allied Health building. He will be retiring this week after 25 years at Western Baptist Hospital.
A member of West Kentucky Heart and Chest Surgery Associates, Dr. Howe performed Paducahs first open-heart surgery in 1985. He has served on the surgical technology advisory committee and as medical director of the surgical technology program at WKCTC since 2002.
WKCTC President Barbara Veazey said support from health professionals like Dr. Howe is vital to the colleges allied health and nursing programs. Quality is the most important element of any allied health program. Honest and professional input from an advisory committee is what you need, Veazey said. Dr. Howe has given his time and expertise, and has valued the importance of the relationship between the college and the needs of medical profession. Swain said Dr. Howes dedication to the surgical technology program as well other allied health programs at the college was important to the growth of the program. He laid the groundwork for all my tasks these past several years; all of them have been as beneficial, but not as beneficial as having him involved with our students, she said. Swain presented Dr. Howe with a plaque and gift Monday.
Dr. Howe said he was thankful for having the opportunity to serve as medical director in surgical technology for several years. The students and faculty make it worthwhile, he said. Howe plans to retire to South Carolina. Western Baptist Hospital will also honor him Tuesday from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Baptist Heart Center auditorium.