To all my patients, friends and supporters...

Dr. Cannon

Dear Westbury Allergy Patients:

For some time now, many of my patients have asked me if I have plans to retire from allergy practice. My stock answer was always: “Not unless the United States government or God Almighty forces me to.” It seems now that the latter has happened. In January of this year I received the very unwelcome diagnosis of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis—a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease). Some of you who have been in to see me in recent months have noticed my slurred speech and watched my altered gait. These conditions (and other failing bodily functions) have made the inevitable decision for me.

Determined to refer my patients to an allergy practice which would continue the professional care and high level of medical practice that they have enjoyed here, I considered local options and even interviewed a few possible alternative practitioners. In that process I have concluded that the best possible transition can be offered to you by Dr. Khaled Hamid. I have known Dr. Hamid for 13 years. I have worked side-by-side with him and know him to adhere to the same principles of allergy and immunology practice that have prevailed in my office for the last thirty-eight years. I feel confident that he will continue to serve you as it has been my privilege to do for so long a career in medicine.

Dr. Hamid’s office is located at 4200 N. Cloverleaf Drive in St. Peters (in the vicinity of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Shop and Save store on Jungerman Road). His office phone number is (636)498-0333. He has office hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons, and in the morning on Saturdays.

I will be remaining here in our Westbury office through June 30. If you wish to come in for shots, a last checkup or simply for a farewell visit, you are welcome to do so. I will not be accepting any new patients during this interim time. Anyone calling for a new-patient appointment will be referred to Dr. Hamid’s office. After June all current patients’ records will be delivered to that location. If, of course, you wish to transfer to some other doctor, you will be able to pick up your records at our Westbury office until June 30.

In closing, I want to thank you for the trust you have placed in me over the years, for your loyalty and—indeed—even your friendship. Those gifts have made practicing medicine here in St. Charles a fulfilling pleasure—the reward for coming to work each morning. Furthermore, I cannot neglect to acknowledge the women who have worked with me in this office in order to create an atmosphere that was, at once, welcoming and professional. I walk away from all that now to spend what time and strength remain for me with my family. With my very best wishes for your continued good health, I remain

Yours sincerely,

Richard E. Cannon, M.D.

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