After 20 years of service to Switzerland County, Dr. Marc Willage is retiring from the King’s Daughters’ Clinic in Vevay. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
After 20 years of service to Switzerland County, Dr. Marc Willage is retiring from the King’s Daughters’ Clinic in Vevay. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
A physician who served Switzerland County and the surrounding area for nearly two decades closed the doors to his office in Vevay while opening another door into retirement.

Marc Willage told King's Daughters' Health officials last month that he planned to retire at the end of August. Willage retired from KDH after spending the majority of his 33-year medical career seeing patients at the Main Street office in Vevay.

"It's been quite a tenure," he said. "I'm going to miss my practice."

Originally from Louisville, Willage began his medical career in Texas working in family practice. Willage moved into occupational medicine for a while early in his career, but he eventually went back to family practice.

"I found my passion was with family medicine," he said.

Willage joined the King's Daughters' Hospital organization after a move to be closer to his hometown. He began practicing at the Main Street doctor's office in Vevay in the 1993.

The medical field was different in the 1990s than it is today, Willage said. All of the medical records were paper, unlike the electronic medical records used today, but King's Daughters' Health accepted the change and adjusted with the times, he said.

"King's Daughters' is an early innovator in technology," Willage said. "It's kind of a whole new world."

Medical discoveries change and improve healthcare with new therapies available for patient treatments all the time, and governmental regulations continue to influence today's healthcare, he said.

But other aspects of medicine stay the same. The good character of people in the area remained throughout Willage's two decades of practice.

His patients will be what he misses the most from his years in medicine, Willage said. He treated and watched as patients grew from children into adults and brought children of their own into the office for doctor visits.

"I've developed relationships in the area," he said. "I've had good people to work with."

Several of his patients, community members and friends that he met over the years stopped by the Main Street office on Aug. 30 to wish Willage well in his retirement.

There's one thing Willage doesn't expect to miss going into retirement - the daily commute to and from work. There have been a few small accidents with deer over the last two decades, Willage said, and he doesn't expect to miss the winter drive back and forth on State Road 56 from his Madison home.

Though he doesn't plan to travel back and forth as often, Willage does have plans to stay active with organizations and clubs in Vevay.

He's a member of the Kiwanis Club of Vevay and the Vevay Music Club, and he hopes to stay connected with both groups. With his new-found free time, Willage plans to brush up on his guitar and mandolin skills. He's also begun to take piano lessons, which he plans to continue.

He might also consider medical consulting every now and then, Willage said, but it was time to say farewell to the healthcare organization family he's been a part of for the last 20 years.

"It's made me feel warm inside, a bit sad because I won't see some of these people again," Willage said of his retirement send-off. "Vevay's been a pleasure to practice in."