After practicing at Millard-Henry Clinic (MHC) for 19 years, one the Arkansas River Valley’s top OB-GYNs is ready to leave the delivery room.

A retirement reception for Dr. Vickie Henderson will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the clinic.

After a career of delivering 4,750 babies for Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Henderson is retiring for medical reasons of her own. She was recently diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a weakening of skeletal muscles.

“It’s certainly not how I thought I would retire,” Henderson said. “I’ve had a very fulfilling career.”

Henderson said she is thankful for all of the support she has received from patients, coworkers, friends and family.

“It has meant the world to me, and it definitely makes it easier,” Henderson said.

The connection with patients and their families is one aspect Henderson said she will miss.

“I have taken care of multiple family members,” Henderson said. “To be a part of something so special with a family is so rewarding.”

Henderson was born in Benton and attended the University of Arkansas before earning her biology degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She then attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she graduated with honors.

Henderson and her husband Ken, who is a state representative, have been married for 30 years. Her daughter Haley is candidate for her master’s in occupational therapy in 2015, and her son Braden is a junior chemistry engineering student at the University of Arkansas. The couple’s daughter Breanna is a freshman at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.

Henderson is on the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees and a district representative on the Arkansas Medical Society Board of Trustees.

Henderson served as the president of MHC in 2000 and 2012-13. She was also on the editorial board of the Journal of Arkansas Medical Society and was certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Serving as the medical director at Choices Pregnancy Resource Center, Henderson also taught Heartlifters, an adult women class, for nine years. She has also volunteered at the River Valley Christian Clinic and served on the Single Parent Scholarship board.

She has been honored with the Fay Boozeman Award and with the OB and GYN of the year awards from Arkansas Times.

Henderson has also completed mission trips to China, Tiajuana, San Diego and Branson, Mo.