PRINCETON — After 37 years in practice, with 22 of those years in the Princeton community, Gary Hoelle, DPM, is announcing his retirement from his podiatric practice at Perry Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Hoelle has been transitioning his practice to Dr. Amanda McGuire, DPM, since mid-July. Hoelle’s last day will be Aug. 15.
“I would like to thank Dr. Hoelle for his service to our communities and his cooperative spirit with processes for the medical staff and for the hospital,” Annette Schnabel, president and CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital, said.
“He has been a pleasure to work with as he listens and provides great input into solutions. He chose to stay an extra year in practice to allow Dr. McGuire to become established. This was about him caring for the community.”
Hoelle completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Illinois State University, and graduated from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1981.
“Podiatry attracted me because it is multi-faceted, with opportunities in dermatology, sports medicine, surgery and wound care,” Hoelle said.
He set up his first practice in his hometown of LaSalle, and then joined a group practice from Peoria. It was this group practice that led him to Princeton. He represented the group with offices in LaSalle, Chillicothe and Princeton, and became affiliated with the Perry Memorial Hospital medical staff in 1997.
Although he’s been exclusively in Princeton for many years, Hoelle still has patients who travel from Chillicothe to see him. Hoelle estimates that he’s seen somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 patient visits during his 37 years in practice.
“Having been a patient of Dr. Hoelle, I understand what an excellent podiatrist he is, and how he has provided an outstanding level of podiatry service to Perry Memorial Hospital and our patients,” Linda Gustafson, chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Perry Memorial Hospital, said.
“Dr. Hoelle has made a real difference in the quality of the lives of people who require medical assistance to maximize their lives and reduce their pain.
“Perry Memorial Hospital has been very fortunate over the years to have had the expert podiatry skills of Dr. Hoelle to meet the medical needs of our community.”
When he’s not in the clinic, Hoelle is an active member of the Princeton Community Band, playing trumpet. He has also served as a member of the Princeton Elks Lodge. His hobbies include music, ancestry and extensive travel.
Hoelle is also the brand new grandfather of his first grandson, David.
“Unfortunately, David lives near Denver, so I anticipate seeing a lot of the Denver airport!” Hoelle said.
Perry Memorial Hospital will host a retirement party in honor of Hoelle from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in the hospital’s “Park Avenue Café” cafeteria. Patients, friends and colleagues are invited to wish him well.