Bris­tol Bor­ough woman hon­ored for 50 years of ‘Faith’ful ser­vice to Cen­ter for Women’s Health

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By El­iz­a­beth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent

MID­DLE­TOWN - Faith Buck hates to be the cen­ter of at­ten­tion but there were at least 100 peo­ple will­ing to over­look such sen­si­tiv­ity to plan a bash at Pen Ryn Man­sion to cel­e­brate Buck’s 50 years on the job. On June 14, co­work­ers at the Cen­ter for Women’s Health on Wood­bourne Road, closed the of­fice early to host the party with the honoree, her friends and her fam­ily.

Don’t get the im­pres­sion that Buck is re­tir­ing. She’s 77, still go­ing strong and vows, “They’ll have to carry me out of here.”

Pa­tients, nurses, doc­tors and of­fice work­ers at the cen­ter wouldn’t let her go any­way, they said. They just de­cided it was time to cel­e­brate some­one of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tor Mon­ica Pyle called “the fab­ric of this of­fice.”

That’s no snow job, ei­ther. Pyle and other of­fice per­son­nel credit Buck for her com­pas­sion for the pa­tients she coun­sels, her ef­fi­ciency in keep­ing the sur­gi­cal sched­ule or­ga­nized, and her dy­namic per­son­al­ity that they said en­er­gizes ev­ery­one at the cen­ter.

“Noth­ing’s too much trou­ble for Faith. She knows how to make things hap­pen,” said Dr. Lester Rup­pers­berger, an OB/ dvN spe­cial­ist at the cen­ter.

Watch­ing Buck in ac­tion is like try­ing to keep up with a fast-for­ward video. She an­swers the phone, re­views charts, con­fers with other of­fice pro­fes­sion­als, and re­as­sures women who are fac­ing surgery. She gives her pa­tients her di­rect num­ber so they can call with any ques­tions.

“Th­ese women are ner­vous and they don’t know what ques­tions to ask. I know what in­for­ma­tion they need and I want to make sure they have it,” she said.

A tes­ta­ment to her com­mit­ment to pa­tients is em­bod­ied in a let­ter she re­ceived from a ter­mi­nally ill woman. Di­ag­nosed with metastatic can­cer, she re­lied on Buck to ar­range an ap­point­ment for a sec­ond opin­ion in Philadel­phia, but the re­sults of the sec­ond round of tests were as dev­as­tat­ing as the first. A few months later, Buck re­ceived a let­ter from this pa­tient, thank­ing her for all her help.

“With all she’s gone through, this woman took the time to write me a beau­ti­ful let­ter to thank me for my help,” Buck said. “That’s part of what my work is about: help­ing any way I can.”

There are hap­pier cir­cum­stances that bal­ance the daily rou­tine. Ba­bies are born, sick women are healed by car­ing hands and the lat­est in med­i­cal and sur­gi­cal tech­nol­ogy, and peo­ple like Buck ra­di­ate con­fi­dence and car­ing to each and ev­ery pa­tient, said co­worker and side­kick in the sur­gi­cal sched­ul­ing of­fice, Mau­reen Strange.

“She’s (Buck) been known to take peo­ple to ap­point­ments, drop medicine off at the door, go to peo­ple’s homes to get nec­es­sary pa­pers signed. She’s been a friend and a mother fig­ure to me and oth­ers in the of­fice. We just work to­gether so well, and she is so good for the pa­tients,” said Strange, who’s shared the job with Buck for the past 37 years.

Buck is a Bris­tol Bor­ough res­i­dent who grad­u­ated from Ben­salem High School in 1954 and later at­tended nurs­ing school at Lanke­nau Med­i­cal Cen­ter. She’s the mother of four grown chil­dren “that I love,” and nine grand­chil­dren “I re­ally, re­ally love,” she said with a chuckle.

Af­ter ob­tain­ing her nurs­ing li­cense, she worked in the la­bor and de­liv­ery depart­ment of the for­mer Delaware sal­ley Hos­pi­tal in Bris­tol Bor­ough. In 1963, she was asked by two OB/dvN doc­tors, Drs. Fliegel­man and Lu­bin, to be­come their of­fice man­ager. The doc­tors, now de­ceased, had opened a prac­tice in the Stonybrook sec­tion of Le­vit­town.

In that ca­pac­ity, Buck be­came in­volved in a mis­sion close to her heart: as­sist­ing in adop­tions. She cared for both the mothers and the adop­tive par­ents, stay­ing with “my moms” through la­bor and de­liv­ery, then “in­tro­duc­ing” the in­fants to their new fam­i­lies. Many of those “ba­bies” are tip­ping to­ward the half-cen­tury mark now and Strange said that many stay in touch with Buck. A file in her desk con­tains let­ters of grat­i­tude for her love and care.

Some of those “kids” - and some of their chil­dren - are still pa­tients of the prac­tice, Strange said.

For decades, Buck has watched doc­tors and nurses re­tire. The faces and of­fice lo­ca­tions have changed over the years. The prac­tice re­cently moved its hos­pi­tal priv­i­leges from Bris­tol Town­ship to the new Capi­tol Health Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Hopewell. But Buck re­mains the cen­ter - the heart, co­work­ers said - of all that’s tran­spired.

Dr. Neil Blue­bond summed up what he be­lieves are Buck’s main con­tri­bu­tions to the pro­fes­sion:

“She can speak with any­one, she can gauge their moods, she man­ages to soothe our pa­tients,” he said.

Honoree Faith Buck, seated, sur­rounded by col­leagues from the Cen­ter for Women’s Health. From left, stand­ing, are Marie Martin, Dr. Neil D. Blue­bond, DO, Dr. Lester A. Rup­pers­berger, DO, Mau­reen Strange and Eileen Bartle­son.

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