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Phyllis J. Reeder — Gerontological Nurse

Kankakee, IL- Phyllis J. Reeder is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Distinguished Healthcare Provider for her work in the medical field.

Dr. Reeder transitioned into academia because she had small children at the time and teaching provided her with the flexibility to raise them and pursue a career. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Olivet Nazarene University in 1975, a Master of Science in nursing at the University of Illinois in 1979, and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois in 1991.

Dr. Reeder is a certified gerontological nurse and has been affiliated with the Illinois Nurses Association. The doctor was also appointed as a fellow of the Illinois Public Health Leadership Institute and was recruited as the past president of the Kappa Sigma chapter of the Sigma Theta International Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Reeder was honored with a recognition Award from the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and was the recipient of a Willis Snowbarger Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Reeder led a successful career in healthcare as an intensive care unit and critical care unit staff nurse at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois between 1961 and 1975. She subsequently accepted an opportunity to teach courses at Olivet Nazarene University, where she remained until her retirement in 2006.

Dr. Reeder was a member of the Kankakee County Board of Health from 1987 to 2005. She served as President for the Board for two years. She also served as Faith Community Nurse for her Parish from 2002 to 2020.

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