His fun, compassionate personality and willingness to help others has made him a patient favorite at Southeast, which is why his retirement comes as bittersweet news.
"I've made so many friends here at Southeast," says Dr. Pringle, who will retire on July 30. "Cape Girardeau is a wonderful town and it's been a pleasure getting to know so many families here."
In his medical career, Dr. Pringle has delivered over 10,000 babies and has seen the OB department at Southeast Missouri Hospital grow from three delivery rooms to the current 21 LDRP (Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum) rooms.
In 1996, he founded OBGYN Specialists, now called Women First. Known for wearing bright, tropical shirts, Dr. Pringle has served on the Hospital's Board of Trustees since 2000. He has served in numerous leadership roles over the years, including the position of Medical Staff President.
In April, he received the Special Service Award from Southeast Missouri Hospital in recognition of his passion and contributions to healthcare in the region.
"I was very grateful for that award," he says. "It's always nice to know when you are appreciated."
As a physician, he was on call much of the time. His wife Tyronza says they both adapted to the often hectic schedule.
"It's not always very convenient when you have to leave a restaurant or a theater, but I suppose that's par for the course when you're married to an OB doctor," says Tyronza, smiling. "He and the Hospital have benefitted from having each other. I believe he's made a very positive impact on Southeast."
In early 2011, Dr. Pringle and Tyronza will travel to Papua, New Guinea where they will live for four months. He will serve as the only obstetrics and gynecology specialist at the Nazarene Mission Hospital.
Dr. Pringle says his time at Southeast has been very rewarding. "There have been some highs and lows in my career, but there have been far more highs," says Dr. Pringle.
"Thanks to all of the nurses and techs, the lab, respiratory, pharmacy, anesthesiology, dietary, and all the rest of my Southeast friends," he adds. "You have been the wind beneath my wings!"