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DR. MARTY BERGER of Litchfield Park stands in front of patients’ charts in his Maryvale Pediatrics office. Berger, who has treated more than 300,000 patients in his 50 years of practice, is hanging up his stethoscope and retiring.
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Litchfield Park’s Dr. Berger ends 50-year run Friday The doctor is out
by Rich Ott assistant editor
There has been a lot of hugging and kissing going on behind closed doors at Maryvale Pediatrics. Its founder, Dr. Marty Berger, is set to retire Friday; almost 50 years to the date he began the practice on July 1, 1962.
tough on the children’s doctor. “With very mixed feelings, I leave this,”
the families he has been treating from the beginning, now into a third generation, has been
Seeing his patients for the last time, especially
is leaving, it has been hard and it has been emotional,” said Beth Riley, a nurse at Maryvale Pediatrics since 1986. “It is going to be very different without him.” “I’m sad, but he deserves it,” said office
Be a hero: donate blood West Valley View holding blood drive July 3 in Avondale
by Emily McCann staff writer
When Goodyear resident Glen Foulk goes to donate blood, it can turn into a party — literally. Foulk, 48, started giving blood in 2007 and
before,” he said. “I wanted to see what it was all about. I figured this was the least I could do to help other people.”
Most of his donations are given at the Goodyear location, 14270 W. Indian School Road, and the staff has become his friends. He even started baking them birthday cakes. “They all found out that I bake, and now I
averages about 20 platelet donations annually. The most someone can give is 24 times a year. “It was something different that I’d never tried
have everybody’s birthday in my calendar,” Foulk said. So it was no surprise they returned the favor last week to celebrate his birthday with a fruit bouquet. Even if your blood donation experience isn’t quite as fun, the process isn’t a big deal, Foulk said. “You come in here and relax, and talking to these people takes your mind off it,” he said. “Don’t be nervous. If you don’t like needles, look away. I hate needles. Who likes them?” Foulk’s favorite snack after giving blood is popcorn.
(See Blood on Page 3) “So many of his patients are sad that he
Berger told the View June 21 inside his Avondale office at 13075 W. McDowell Road, Suite D-100.
manager Angela Liebler, who has worked for Berger since March 1987. “He’s earned it [retirement].” “It’s unheard of, no one stays at one job that long of a time,” said Dr. Joseph Wells, who has been a partner with Berger at Maryvale Pediatrics since the summer of 1988. “Fifty years in the business is enough for anyone. But it shows how much he loved this place. He
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GLEN FOULK of Goodyear and phlebotomist Corky Romero of United Blood Services get ready for another of Foulk’s regular donations in Goodyear June 20.
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