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CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Bids Farewell to Longtime Associate in Jasper, Kirbyville March 9, 2020

Carrie Vincent
(Jasper, TX) – For nearly three decades, Carrie Vincent has been a familiar face and voice for fellow Associates and visitors to the CHRISTUS Family Practice Clinics in both Jasper and Kirbyville. But, after 29 years with the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas family, Vincent has decided to step away from her role as Director of the Jasper and Kirbyville clinics in order to travel and spend time with family.

Vincent, who started with the health system in 1990, says she was asked to help open CHRISTUS Southeast Texas’s first rural health clinic in Newton in 1992. Vincent served as a clinic manager for eight years, before interviewing for and landing the Clinic Director role in 2000. In 2018, she added Quality duties to her existing role. While Vincent admits that she knew very little about rural health clinics when she first began her journey, she has learned quite a bit over her years of service. “As the manager, I felt it was important to learn a little bit about everything that happens in the clinic – whether it was duties specific to our nurses and physicians, our labs, x-ray, even billing and scheduling. So, I was able to pick up a lot of different things over the years, but it all just felt like natural duties to me as the clinic manager.”

After spending 29 years in the clinics and seeing many of the same faces over that period of time, it’s only natural that one would feel a familial bond with their co-workers. This is very true of Vincent, who says it’s the people she will miss the most in retirement. “The main thing I’m going to miss is the CHRISTUS family. We’re very family oriented, and the hardest part of this decision has been giving up my CHRISTUS family and the clinics – which means everything to me.”

Family also played a big role in Vincent’s decision to retire. She says she plans to spend more time with her five grandchildren – with a sixth grandchild expected in just a couple of weeks. Vincent also plans to do a lot more traveling with her husband – who is also recently retired.

As for the next generation looking to follow in Vincent’s path, she shared some sage advice: “The best way to learn is to start at the bottom and move up. Go to different departments and ask them to show you what they do, how they do it and why they do it. If your goal is to eventually become a leader of people, you need to know everything that goes into their job so you can respond to their needs effectively.”