MOUNTAIN VIEW, Mo--After medical school, there was no question for Mercy physician Dr. Jon Roberts—he wanted to return to his roots in southern Missouri to practice medicine. It was 1977 when the Winona native opened his practice in the east wing of Mercy St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, and he’s been in the community ever since.
“He has devoted his life to the service of others,” says Beverly Hampton, who’s worked with Dr. Roberts for 29 years. “He’s an extremely compassionate man who works to see that everyone gets the care they need.” As part of that mission, Dr. Roberts was instrumental in establishing the Good Samaritan Care Clinic in Mountain View. As medical director there, he has provided free medical care to patients who don’t have insurance. He also leads a mission trip to Haiti at least once a year.
In addition, Dr. Roberts has served in various leadership positions at Mercy St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View. From chief of staff to chairman of the board, he’s worked tirelessly to expand the hospital’s service, particularly to smaller surrounding communities. “We will miss him in his daily clinic routine, but look forward to the great things he will do elsewhere in the community,” says Jon Wade, president of Mercy St. Francis Hospital. “For 35 years, Dr. Roberts has been a respected leader, mentor, and strong advocate for the economically poor in our community.”
Dr. Roberts has announced he will retire from Mercy Clinic Family Practice Mountain View in August. To celebrate his 35 years of service to his community, Mercy St. Francis will host a dessert social and special program in his honor. It’s inviting the community to come to the Mountain View Community Center on Sunday afternoon, June 24 at 1:30. The program begins at 2:00. Donations will be accepted, with proceeds benefiting the Good Samaritan Clinic and the new Dr. Jon Roberts honorary scholarship.