Dr. Pichet to retire on March 30

RETIRING–Dr. Pichet Santilukka will be retiring next week. A reception for him has been planned at Red Bud Regional Hospital in the auditorium for March 29 from 3-5 p.m. Pictured are Red Bud Regional Hospital CEO Shane Watson and Pichet.

Much has changed in regards to technology and medicine since Dr. Pichet Santilukka first came to Red Bud, but one thing he says has not changed is how supportive the community has been of him.

Pichet graduated from the Chiengmai Medical School in Thailand in 1967. He then came to the United States in 1969. He went to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL where he interned for a year and did his three years of residency training.

On July 5, 1973 he began his medical practice in Red Bud.

When asked why he chose Red Bud, Pichet simply said with a smile that he wanted to get away from big cities like Chicago. He added that the people in this community were welcoming and supportive, the school was good, and his wife Siriphen liked it here.

I am very thankful that my wife and I could stay in this small town and raise our family here. The town has been very supportive,” he said.

For more on Dr. Pichet, please see this week’s print edition.