The Daily Iowegian
---- — Thirty-seven years ago, Dr. Brad McConville returned to Centerville and began to practice what was described at the time as his “brand of medicine.” His brand of medicine included a solo practice in the early years which included being on call at all times and delivering over 1,000 babies. To this day, he is still proud to be referred to by his patients as “an old country Doc.”
Over the years he treated thousands of patients, established a new medical clinic north of town, recruited new physicians to the community and trained many medical students while along with his wife Dewey also raised and educated five children. He has now decided to retire from active practice at Mercy Medical Clinic.
Clint Christianson, CEO of Mercy praised the physician’s dedication to the medical community.
“Dr. McConville has been an important part of the hospital medical staff and is sincerely loved by his patients who will miss him,” Christianson said. “Dr. McConville’s tenure at the hospital included some key moments including the planning and building of the new hospital which have earned him a place in the hospital’s history, something I think he is proud of."
Christianson was quick to point out that although Dr. McConville may be retiring from his regular active practice, he has agreed to fill in for vacations or when needed.
“We are grateful for his willingness to help out when he is available,” Christianson said.
After practicing medicine for 40 years, he has often thought of what his life would have been like if he had become a big super-specialist or scholar or academic like his kids.
“But for me, I am glad to have had the opportunity to serve the people of Centerville for 37 years. My experiences have been enriching and rewarding. And I have always appreciated the history and lifestyle of this town,” McConville said.
He is appreciative of the chance to raise his wonderful kids in a safe and well-rounded environment with the opportunity for all of them to ultimately achieve their doctoral degrees and life goals.
“And of course I couldn't have done it without the unending support of Dewey and my family. I am grateful also to all of the physicians and hospital and clinic people who have been such great friends and supporters,” McConville said.
Beyond his dedication to local medical care, Dr. McConville and his wife unselfishly contribute to improving health world- wide. In 2002, he arranged a medical mission to Tanzania to provide medical care to a population in great need of medical and health assistance. His service to this African nation expanded to raising funds for medical supplies, a grinding mill, fish ponds, and scholarships to educate young students as a course from severe poverty.
“We continue to work in Africa, where we not only support medical care but also education, and economic development," McConville said.
Along with his medical service, he has been an outstanding community supporter. He served on the founding boards of New Focus and Centerville-Appanoose Recreation, Inc. (now the Rathbun Lake Area YMCA). He served on numerous hospital committees over the years including the St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital Board of Directors for nine years and was the County Medical Examiner for 27 years. He was also awarded the Centerville Community School Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award.
As a member of the Appanoose County Historical Society he has participated in several living history events, portraying Gov. Drake and Capt. William Vermillion. He has also been active in civil war reenactments throughout the state and Midwest.
A man with many interests, he has a lot of goals for retirement. Writing, painting, traveling, fixing, building, planting garden, working on old cars and his house along with historical and Civil War activities not to mention spending time with his soon to be 11 grandchildren.
“I won't get bored,” he added.
The public is invited to attend a retirement social honoring Dr. McConville for his dedication to community healthcare on Tuesday, June 18 from 4:30–6 p.m. at the Mercy Medical Clinic, formerly Centerville Medical Clinic located on the hospital campus.