Dr. Hale: Serving FSDB Since 1974

N. Patrick Hale, M.D, has served as an Ophthalmologist and Consultant in the FSDB Health Care Center since November 1974.

Dr. Hale was invited to join the staff by the then President of the school, Dr. William McClure. He and his wife visited St. Augustine and met Dr. McClure at a luncheon at the Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge, hosted by Flagler Hospital. Dr. Charles Grace had been the Ophthalmologist for the school until poor health made it necessary for him to retire. Dr. Hale recalled, "I met Dr. Grace, and he encouraged me to take that position and begin the practice of Ophthalmology in St. Augustine." Dr. Hale and his wife relocated from California and the rest is history.


Dr. Hale wearing a white doctor's coat and sitting next to eye equipment.
N. Patrick Hale, M.D. in the eye exam room at the FSDB Health Care Center.

Dr. Hale visits the school weekly to see students scheduled for routine screening exams and those with eye problems. "Over the years, we have had many fine helpers and assistants," said Dr. Hale.


"I have always been impressed with the quality of the personnel at the school. They make my work much easier with scheduling and the deaf language assistance for the students who are deaf or hard of hearing."

Education

Dr. Hale graduated from Prescott High School in Prescott, Arkansas, in 1958 and began his college years at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He majored in Business Administration, receiving a BSBA degree.


In his senior year, Dr. Hale changed his major to Pre-Medicine. He took Chemistry, Physics, and Biology courses, getting the requirements to get into medical school. After graduating, he transferred to Little Rock University. He worked at the Arkansas State Hospital as an orderly during that year, which helped pay for his room and board.

He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas in May of 1967. He began a one-year rotating internship receiving training in Pediatrics, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Emergency medicine at the Tampa General Hospital.


He passed the Florida exams for a medical license and worked in the St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Room in Tampa, Florida for a short time.


He had a two-year military obligation and was called to active duty in the U.S. Army in August 1968 and was promoted to Captain.


Military Service

Old military photo of Dr. Hale when he was a the 1st Division HQ in Lei Kai
CPT Hale at 1st Division HQ

Dr. Hale received Basic Medical Officer training in San Antonio, Texas and Aviation Medical Officer training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama.


In November 1968,