As part of the recent Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Glen Oaks Community College recognized three new inductees into the Glen Oaks Nursing Hall of Fame. New members inducted this year were Hope Bailey, Dr. Wesley Eichorn, and Janell Lederman.
Bailey graduated from Glen Oaks in 1994 with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007 at Western Michigan University during which time she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau. In 2010, Hope completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Bethel College.
In 2010, Bailey received the Distinguished Alumni award from Glen Oaks and the following year she received the Fellows award.
Bailey is a board member on the Allied Health and Nursing Advisory Boards at the college. She is a member of the Michigan Hospital Association and the American Nurses Association.
Bailey has held the position of chief nursing officer at the Three Rivers Area Hospital for a number of years.
In her words, “I take great pride in leading nurses. I believe in servant leadership. I work to mentor young and seasoned nurses in clinical and leadership growth, and I appreciate the fact that I’ve been afforded the opportunity to give back to a community that has given me so much.”
Dr. Wesley Eichorn
Eichorn graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Glen Oaks Community College in 2005. At graduation, he received the President’s Award, which is the highest award given to a student at the college.
Eichorn began his career in medicine as a nurse on the adult cardiac floor at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, after graduating from nursing school at Glen Oaks, and later transitioned to the Emergency Department. While working in ER, he often precepted students and nurse externs and became a recipient of the prestigious Daisy Award for meeting patient and family needs by going above and beyond the traditional role of nursing.
In 2010 he transitioned from nursing to medical school in a desire to leverage his background to improve patient care in an expanded role.
Eichorn is a board-certified family physician and diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He currently practices as an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo.
He also serves as director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program, which is an extension of Western Med Family Medicine Residency.
Eichorn is involved in grassroots efforts to use community resources to prevent disease and promote health in his community. He has a keen interest in the effects of food not only on obesity, but also on other physical, emotional, and mental health conditions. His background in agriculture and in nursing assists him in providing a holistic approach to using food as medicine. He is currently involved nationally in advocacy as a 2019 delegate to the National Conference of Constituency Leaders for the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Lederman received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1974 from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. She began her nursing career at Mercy Hospital in Watertown, NY, as a staff RN on the surgical floor. Her beginning wage was $3.25 per hr.
After a year, she decided to give back, feeling blessed for her education and volunteered through the church at a hospital in Carlsbad, NM. There she worked as a charge nurse on the Medical Floor and relief supervisor at Carlsbad Medical Center which is now Guadalupe Medical Center. She gave a year of service, making $15 per month and at near the end of her year long term was given $25 per month.
Lederman also worked for Sturgis Hospital as an RN in varies capacities – CCU, relief OB and relief house supervisor. She also spent five years as an RN at Sturgis Home Health Care and Hospice.
Lederman went back to college and received her Master of Arts from Western Michigan University with a special emphasis on ‘Teaching in the Community College’ while teaching full-time and raising three children with her husband, Bill Lederman, Glen Oaks director of nursing.
The next 35 years of her career was spent as a professor of nursing at Glen Oaks. Her teaching responsibilities included: NUR 104 – Fundamentals of Nursing, NUR 111 and NUR 112 Med/Surg Nursing in both clinical and classroom.
Lederman served on the Learning Resource and Judicial Review committees while employed at the college as well as the Health Advisory Committee.
She has served as a participant in a Nurse’s Health Study since 1989.
In 2003, Lederman was awarded the prestigious E.J. Shaheen Chair for Teaching Excellence and was bestowed the title of Professor Emeritus at Glen Oaks.
Even in retirement, her joy of teaching is evident in her work with the Literacy Council where she teaches English to the Spanish population in St. Joe County. Lederman is also a Sunday School teacher at her church, teaching the young children.
“All three of our recipients are shining examples of the Glen Oaks Vision – “Transforming Lives and Advancing Communities,” said Bill Lederman, director of nursing.