On November 4th, hundreds of patients, coworkers, friends and family gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the “Eldred H. Wiser, M.D. Physicians Plaza” in the renovated east pavilion of Tri-Star Horizon Medical Center.
DMA’s own Dr. Eldred “Buddy” Wiser was recently recognized with the dedication of a hospital wing named in his honor for his 40+ years of providing care to patients in the Dickson-area.
After earning his medical degree and completing his internship in Memphis, Wiser first worked in Dickson in 1967 with Dr. Jimmy Jackson and the Jackson Medical Group at Goodlark Hospital. During this time, he became inspired to pursue specialty training in general surgery. After completing his surgery residency, Wiser returned to Dickson in 1973 to stay.
Over the years, many of his patients have expressed their appreciation for the concern and attention he has give to their medical care. At the dedication, one-word descriptions including “selflessness,” “servant,” “cornerstone” and “unstoppable” were said to summarize Wiser’s character and legacy of care.
To ask the man, Wiser would humbly described himself as “general surgeon and a bit of a country doctor.”
Those that know Wiser didn’t disagree — but they also shared how much more Wiser has meant to them.
Among those present at the dedicated were Dr. Wiser’s nurse, Cindy Corlew and his receptionist, Donna Tidwell. Corlew has worked for Dr. Wiser for over four decades and Tidwell has been with him for 16 years. Both were greatly overjoyed for him to receive this distinguished recognition by the hospital.
“He’s a wonderful doctor and I’ve been blessed to be a part of his work family for decades,” said Corlew.
“I’ve been fortunate to enjoy coming to work everyday for a doctor who lives a life of such selfless dedication,” said Tidwell.
Dr. David Blazer, a cardiologist with DMA, was one of the speakers at the ceremony to share about Dr. Wiser’s character.
“When Dr. Wiser walks into a situation, everybody breathes easier,” said Blazer. “A sense of security pervades the room that things might go well for the patient.”
Even in the spotlight, Wiser’s focus was on others, especially his family and his patients.
“Simply put, I’ve tried to serve where I could,” said Wiser. “I’ve been blessed with good parents, a great wife, wonderful children and a hospital that has allowed me to serve patients for a very long time.