2017-02-15 / Local News

Local nurse recognized for long-time service

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer


Honored for service Family Health Clinic Nurse Coordinator Deb Mears, center, was honored recently for 20 years of service to the clinic. Pictured with her are Suzan Overholser, director of operations, and Jim Layman, executive director. Honored for service Family Health Clinic Nurse Coordinator Deb Mears, center, was honored recently for 20 years of service to the clinic. Pictured with her are Suzan Overholser, director of operations, and Jim Layman, executive director. When Deb Mears began working at the Family Health Clinic, her youngest child, Grace, was in kindergarten. Grace is now in graduate school and Mears is still at the Family Health Clinic, providing care as a Registered Nurse to many of her fellow community members. Mears was recently honored by Purdue University School of Nursing for 20 years of service, although she has been at the clinic for 22 years total.

Before coming to the local clinic, Mears’ first job after graduating from Ball State University in 1979 was in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit at the former Home Hospital in Lafayette. She told the Comet she also taught pre-natal classes during her 16- year tenure at the hospital.

Mears explained she is the nurse coordinator at the clinic. She also provides patient care, coordinates the support staff as well as many of the programs offered by the clinic.

“I really enjoy patient interaction with long-time patients,” Mears said. “I also am proud of the way the clinic has grown from the beginning in the old bank building in Delphi to our current location on Prince William Rd. along with the other clinic locations around Carroll and White counties.”

“All along the way, when there was a need for the clinic, some member or members of the community stepped in to help,” Mears continued. “The public has helped all the way and I am glad to be a part of this community.”

Mears is originally from New Jersey, although she grew up in LaPorte. She said she met her husband, George, through her friend Julie Underhill and she moved to Carroll County 28 years ago. She said she and George have been married 37 years and have three adult children and one grandchild.

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