A message from Princeton Medical Group, in honor and fond memory of our partner, colleague, and friend, Dr. Jeffrey L. Chait, M.D.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Jeffrey Chait. His passing on June 15, after a brief illness, is a loss to PMG, to his many devoted patients, and to his wife, Rita and their children and grandchildren. The funeral occurred June 17.
by Anita Saha, MD, FACOG
I had the privilege of working with Jeff for many years but many here have the honor of working alongside Jeff for more than two decades.
I am going to take this opportunity to share just a few of our memories of this amazing man.
One of the best things about having Jeff as a colleague was that he was always prepared to give you a hand — something I’ve been grateful for myself on numerous occasions, and I know I’m not alone. Jeff stayed late or came in to help whatever the challenge, and we all know his quick smile, infectious laugh and his kind words of encouragement. He taught me that no one is too old to ask for help and that the safety of our patients and their babies is our number one goal. Our nursing staff revered him. They felt safe under his wing.
Jeff had this natural ability to make people feel at ease and a part of the Princeton family. His patients adored him and many of them have been waiting for his return to schedule their check-ups. In fact, I think our entire obstetrical staff was anxiously anticipating his return.
Jeff loved bringing new life into this world. He loved building longstanding relationships with his patients. In 2015, I stood next to a lady at the Princeton half-marathon who told me that Jeff did FIVE of her C-sections! He never complained about the grueling work schedule or complicated cases. I know I speak for all of his colleagues when I say how very much he will be missed. Jeff spent years heading up the Performance Improvement (PI) committee at the hospital for our department. He also was a champion of patient safety. He was the physician that most of us try to be: caring, compassionate, funny, and in it for all the right reasons.
Jeff, please know that you have taught us all so much. We will remember your zest for life and youthfulness, your kindness towards patients, hospital staff and your fellow physicians.
Don’t Grieve for Me
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life’s been full, I savoured much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch,
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.