Last Friday, for the first time in more than 40 years on a weekday, Dr. Wayne Enns awoke without the clanging alarm clock telling him to get out of bed at 6 a.m.
Welcome to retirement, Dr. Enns.
Last Thursday, Enns saw his last patient as a family practice physician at Cooper Clinic in Paris. Enns arrived in Paris in 1980 to open his practice and joined Cooper Clinic in the early 1980s.
“I was working as a physician in Velva, North Dakota,” Enns said last week. “One day, on the second day I was there, I got a phone call from a guy I’d known in the military by the name of Guy Ullrich, who was in Paris. He wanted to know if I was interested in coming to Paris. I asked him what the temperature was there. He told me 72 above. Where I was it was a minus 72 wind chill. So, I came down and fell in love with the place immediately.”
Enns move here in May, 1980 and has been here ever since. His career and his retirement will be celebrated Thursday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at a reception at the First National Bank Community Center. The public is invited.
“Paris has been really wonderful to us,” Enns said last week. “We’re going to retire here.”
Enns said that in retirement, he’s going to enjoy spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, is going to miss his patients terribly and isn’t going to miss the long hours, computers, electronics or dealing with insurance companies.
“I’m going to stay active doing something,” Enns said. “Those who retire to the porch, die in a hurry on the porch.”
He also said that Cooper Clinic is trying to find a replacement.
“Right now, we’re doing the best we can to refer patients,” Enns said. “It’s just that people have to make their own choices. We’re still trying to bring in another doctor, but it’s much more difficult to recruit a family practice physician.”
As for Enns, in addition to waking up at a decent hour, he gets to go home at a decent hour.
“I used to get home at six or 6:30 p.m.,” he said. “Lately, it’s been 7:30 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. But now, Dr. Enns is getting to go home and enjoy his family.”