Mercy Health Physician Partners Lakeshore Medical Shelby Office Says Farewell to Steven R. Lessens, MD

January 20, 2017 4:10 pm
Dr. Lessens (seated) pictured with current and former staff

Dr. Lessens (seated) pictured with current and former staff

Forty years ago, when Steven R. Lessens graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, he could not have imagined what a positive impact his life and career would have on the people of Shelby, Michigan. After serving the families of Shelby through his family practice for more than 36 years, Dr. Lessens retired from Mercy Health Physician Partners Lakeshore Medical Shelby in December 2016.

As a husband and father of two adult children — both of whom are involved in the health field — he discovered early on how to balance the needs of his medical practice, his family and the community at large.

 

Dr. Lessens (c) with his first RN, Dorothy Bucher and his first PA, Tim Freye

Dr. Lessens (c) with his first RN, Dorothy Bucher and his first PA, Tim Freye

During his distinguished career, Dr. Lessens not only delivered more than 1,500 babies, but he benefitted the Shelby community by serving as Chief of Staff at Lakeshore Hospital for two years and on the Lakeshore Hospital Board of Medical Directors for 20 years. In fact, he hired the first physician assistant in Ocean County in 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Lessens (r) with Martin Anderson, former hospital administrator

Dr. Lessens (r) with Martin Anderson, former hospital administrator

Beloved for touching so many lives through his medical practice, Dr. Shelby also served eight years on the West Michigan Symphony Board of Directors, eight years as an elected trustee of the Shelby Village Council and is currently a trustee of Temple B’nai Israel in Muskegon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(L-R) Coleen Johnson, Director of NSPCN; Dr. R. Lessens; Carolyn Rombach, office coordinator; Jay Bryan, Mercy Health Lakeshore Campus CEO; and Mary Welsh, Quality Manager

(L-R) Coleen Johnson, Director of NSPCN; Dr. R. Lessens; Carolyn Rombach, office coordinator; Jay Bryan, Mercy Health Lakeshore Campus CEO; and Mary Welsh, Quality Manager

Patients, staff, colleagues and community leaders gathered at the Lakeshore Hospital’s conference room on Thursday, January 19 to bid Dr. Lessens farewell. He and his wife Sherry will be moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his decades of devotion to health and community began.

 

 

 

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