The late Dr. Paul Quinter was inducted into the Mercer Health Medical Staff Hall of Honor today, September 13, 2022. In attendance were Mercer Health medical staff, hospital leadership, family and other special guests. Dr. Quinter is the fourth inductee to the Medical Staff Hall of Honor—his predecessors include the late Dr. Donald Schwieterman, Dr. Robert Albers and the late Donald Fox.
Dr. Quinter grew up on his family’s farm in Minster, the youngest of four siblings. He decided to become a doctor after a life-changing incident when he was a teenager. He graduated from Minster High School in 1966, then earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and his medical degree from The Ohio State University. While in medical school he met his wife Carol. They were married in 1976, raising eight children on land across the street from where Dr. Quinter grew up in Minster. They eventually named their home, Ten Oaks Farm, after both the oak tree – which symbolized strength and longevity – and the size of the family they created together. Farming was one of Dr. Quinter’s true passions and he was known for the emphasis he placed on hard work and self-sufficiency, values he passed on to each of his children. He would return from work each day, feed the cows and then join his family around the homemade wooden table that seated them all. Dr. Quinter started St. Marys Surgical Associates Inc. in 1979 and was a board certified general surgeon and fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Though he worked as a general surgeon, his skills were often relied on to treat traumatic injuries. His colleagues valued his commitment and knowledge, recognized his passion in advocating high-quality care in small communities and identified his impact to the future of local healthcare by bringing the qualities of "a big city surgeon to a small town”. He has been described as the ultimate team player in patient care. He thought everyone was important and he never gave credit to himself for advancements in local healthcare even though he is considered by many as the catalyst for the progress.
Dr. T. Amaran, Mercer Health Chief Medical Officer says of Dr. Quinter, “I feel about Dr. Quinter the way Albert Einstein felt about Mahatma Gandhi. Einstein said of Gandhi, “Generations to come it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.”