Dr. Ted Brooks came on board at Derry Medical in 1982 and currently serves as president of the practice’s board of directors. By then, Derry Medical had three doctors, eight nurses and staff, and approximately 6,000 patients.
“I was told there were two old British guys who would be leaving soon,” Brooks joked with Anderson during an interview. “I took the job.”
Alexander-Eastman had begun to morph into Parkland Medical Center around that time and the medical practice continued to grow.
“When I came here, Parkland was under construction,” Brooks said, “and I was taken by the practice. I was coming to a practice that had a lot of potential and a new hospital.”
The practice continued to grow.
By 2000, a Londonderry office had opened and a few years later Derry Imaging, an independent diagnostic imaging center, opened.
Fifty years later, Derry Medical Center’s humble beginnings on a corner of Broadway and Oak has grown to include five medical buildings in Derry, Londonderry and Windham, wellness centers, countless programs and facilities, and 30 providers to treat more than 40,000 patients.
Since 2006, $26,000 has been given in scholarship money to local high school seniors who hope to pursue a medical field of study. Derry Medical Center also invests in local Little League, high school sports and music programs, Scouts, libraries and other nonprofit groups.
Anderson said he surrounded himself with good people and is proud he helped create a successful practice to serve the community.
He now lives in San Diego.
“It’s a mixture of memories, mostly pride and awe,” he said. “It’s about what came after and what has happened subsequently through it.”