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Letter from Dr. Tolar- Transition

In November I will be turning my practice over to Southern Tennessee Regional Health System after 20 years of practice in Lawrenceburg. I will be stepping down and no longer working for the clinic. I heard once that leaders of organizations should fire themselves every year, list the reasons why, and then write a new job description for your job. It’s just a little exercise to make sure you are spending your life in the most productive way possible and that you have the skills, drive and personal circumstances to allow you to effectively lead the organization. At this point in my life, I have decided that I am not the man for this job any longer.

The Children’s Clinic is more than just my clinic. It is an intentionally developed community of people who are dedicated to each other and to improving the lives of children in our community. That community needs to stay intact while I move on to a position that is a better fit for the next stage of my life. To that end I have reached out to our local hospital. I believe they share my commitment to this community and are positioned to best lead the clinic into the future.

While this transition will be difficult, I am confident that it will ultimately result in improved care for children and that they will be in good hands. Our two pediatric nurse practitioners, Sarah and Michaela, will remain; as will most of the support staff you have come to love and trust.

I would just like to say thank you to everyone that has let me be a part of your family and children’s lives over the past 20 years. I would like to express my deepest love and appreciation for my dedicated staff and for your cherished friendships. I want to thank my family for the sacrifices they have made over the years as I have pursued my vocational calling. Lastly, I want to express my appreciation and respect to the medical colleagues that I have worked with in the community and hospital setting over the years.

Things are moving in a positive direction for this community and I hope what we have been able to do over the past 20 years has made a difference and will have a lasting impact for years to come. It has been a labor of love for me and I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to serve the children of this community.

Sincerely yours,


Announcement: Clinic Change in Ownership

Announcement Summary

  • The Children’s Clinic is becoming part of Southern Tennessee Regional Health System (STRHS) this November.
  • The clinic will remain in the same location with no interruption in your service.
  • Dr. Tolar will no longer be seeing patients with The Children’s Clinic and has accepted a position in another location.
  • The other pediatric providers will remain and STRHS will be recruiting another full time pediatrician to replace Dr. Tolar.
  • After hours care, adult care and easier access to diagnostic services will be available in 2018 within the new network.

Announcement Details:

On September 15th The Children’s Clinic celebrated our 20th anniversary of providing pediatric care to the Lawrence County and surrounding area.  As the first pediatric clinic in Lawrenceburg it was our goal to bring the best of pediatric care to our rural community. We’re proud of our accomplishments over this time and grateful for the opportunity to pour our labor, our hearts and our prayers into a generation of over 13,500 children.

Health care has changed dramatically in the last 20 years.  Meeting the challenges of high quality care in the future will require larger organizations with more diverse resources that allow clinicians to do what they do best.  

High quality care is not just a pleasant or quick clinic visit.  It is care provided from birth to the grave; newborn care, sick care, preventative care, disease management, therapy, mental health, emergency and hospital care, and community interventions.  

The Children’s Clinic is by far the largest provider of pediatric care in our community.  We have always been community focused, trying to bring to the community the services that most improve access to great care.  In that spirit we have made the strategic decision to become part of LifePoint Health Group, which is the physician practice branch of Southern Tennessee Regional Hospital (STRHS).  In this merger we have found a partner in providing comprehensive health care for our community.  

The Children’s Clinic will continue to provide great pediatric care to our patients, but they will now benefit from easier access to diagnostic testing and after hours care, all within the same network of care. This will assure that your pediatrician or pediatric nurse practitioner is in the loop and still overseeing your child’s care.  

STRHS has been quietly building an expansive group of primary care, urgent care and specialty practices in Lawrence, Giles, and Wayne County.  While they may all be in separate locations, they will work together to provide care for your children and your whole family where you are and when you need it.

The Children’s Clinic will continue to operate as it does now in the same location after the change of ownership.  Most of our existing staff will remain in place.  Sarah Walsh and Michaela Stafford will continue as pediatric nurse practitioners.  Dr. Tolar will be stepping down on November 1st to take a position in another community.  Another pediatrician will be recruited to replace him going forward.  In the meantime other physicians from within the LifePoint system will provide support.  

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about the transition.  


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