QMG honors long-time employees with tribute wall

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Quincy Medical Group unveiled a tribute wall to honor long-time employees. — Submitted photo

QUINCY — Quincy Medical Group (QMG) wouldn’t have survived since 1937 without thousands of dedicated employees. 

While visiting a vendor to help design the new surgery and birth centers, QMG CEO Carol Brockmiller noticed something on a wall. 

“A really cool art structure (honoring long time employees),” Brockmiller said. “We thought that it resonated and sounded like the QMG culture should do something similar.”

On Thursday, Quincy Medical Group unveiled two new tribute walls honoring employees who have spent 15 years or more with the institution. The wall is located on the sky bridge connecting the 1025 and 1101 Maine St. locations.

Nearly 600 past and present employees are honored for their lengthy service with the Quincy Clinic, Physicians & Surgeons, QP&S (after the merger in 1987), and Quincy Medical Group.

Brockmiller isn’t surprised by the high number of long-term employees.

“I’ve been here 25 years,” Brockmiller said. “It was so fun and rewarding to look back over the list and just be reminded of individuals. I don’t think I was surprised. It’s been part of who we are. And we do have employees who are committed and loyal and stay.” 

Dr. Tim Jacobs is one of those employees.

“In the ‘70s when I was finishing up college, I worked as the delivery boy for the pharmacy,” Dr. Jacobs said. “In the ‘80s, I was a pharmaceutical rep and called on all the physicians here. And in the ‘90s, I threw up my arms and said, ‘I can’t fight them so I’m going to join them.’ And I was in practice here for 27 years.”

The small town feel kept Jacobs from leaving the area.

“When we started, it was really a small family,” Jacobs said. “And my clinic in the Ambulatory Care Center … we maintained that as a small family.”

“#QMG family is on a lot of our content,” Brockmiller said. “I think that’s how we look at ourselves and the community of QMG and the communities we serve. We are truly nothing without patients and our employees. So, celebrating all the right people for all the right reasons made sense.”

Having grown from three physicians to 150 physicians in 33 medical and surgical specialties, Brockmiller admits it’s a challenge keeping the family-oriented atmosphere. 

“We have to work harder at it. But it is so much a part of our thread now that I think that helps as we scale. You know, it’s always been Quincy and our rural locations. We are now over 1000 employees and physicians across the Tri-State’s. But at our core, it’s always been about culture.”

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