DR. ROBERT E. WILLETT, JR.
Providence Foundation is proud to have Dr. Robert E. Willett, Jr. as the Festival of Flowers Honorary Chair for 2020. Dr. Willett, a recently retired Surgeon at Providence, began his practice in 1981 and moved to the Providence’s current location upon its opening in 1987. Over the last 40 years, he developed a special interest in breast cancer treatment observing and participating in dramatic surgical improvements in care throughout his well-respected career. Dr. Willett retired January 1, 2020.
Dr. Willett met his wife Kim while she was a social worker at Providence’s downtown hospital location. They have supported the Festival since the initial Gala at Spring Hill College. Dr. Willett and Mrs. Willett both feel strongly about supporting organizations that assist in providing health care to those who are poor and vulnerable.
Dr. and Mrs. Willett have 3 children that were raised on Dog River. Both of their daughters were married in their outdoor garden setting and their family have loved gardening and made it a tradition. Hence, Festival of Flowers became a passion of theirs as well.
Dr. Willett believed throughout his career that good surgical results required good teamwork and he enjoyed working with the physicians and staff at Providence to make great care happen. As part of helping to continue to build the team, Dr. Willett worked to recruit Breast Fellowship Trained Surgeon, Dr. Lindsey Beakley, and together they formed the Breast Oncology Service at Providence in 2018. Providence Hospital Board and Providence Foundation Board wish Dr. Willett well in his retirement and thank him for his ongoing support of Providence and our patients in need.