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Doctor honored for longtime contributions to community

DIXON – Taking care of community members has been a point of pride for Dr. Tim Appenheimer for nearly 4 decades.

“Medicine still is a job where you get up in the morning and know you’re truly helping people, and it’s still as much fun as it was 30 or 40 years ago,” Appenheimer said Wednesday.

His longtime contributions were recognized during a reception at Dixon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center as he plans to retire from his role as medical director of the facility as well as medical director of post-acute services and supportive care at KSB Hospital.

He began at Dixon Rehab about 7 years ago, and his tenure at KSB spans back to 1981. Appenheimer also served as the vice president and chief medical officer at KSB for several years.

Nursing supervisor Jody Hepler said he’s a true public servant who’s always respectful and a great listener.

“I feel very lucky to work alongside you, but your patients are the fortunate ones,” Hepler said.

He was given a decorative wooden sign saying “Curmudgeon in training,” but it may take a bit of work to reach that title – Scott McBride, vice president of operations for Dixon Rehab’s parent company, described Appenheimer as being open and willing as well as calm, cool and collected.

“I always wanted to be a grumpy old man,” Appenheimer said.

Appenheimer, 66, said it’s been fun building collaborations that benefit patients as well as seeing the strides the facility has made during the last decade.

Originally from Paw Paw, Appenheimer moved to Dixon in 1965 and started at KSB in 1981 at the Oregon office. He then went to the University of Iowa in Iowa City and moved back in 1986.

While attending Dixon High School, he also worked delivering flowers to KSB.

He’ll have more time on his hands for hobbies, but he plans to continue work at Serenity Hospice and Home as well as Heritage Square.

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