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Leah Shimmin has returned to Western Illinois University's Beu Health Center after nearly 20 years. Shimmin now serves as a nurse practitioner at Beu; she worked at the University's health center as a nurse practitioner from 1981-1992.

Beu Welcomes Leah Shimmin as Nurse Practitioner

March 18, 2011


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MACOMB, IL -- Leah Shimmin has returned to Western Illinois University's Beu Health Center after nearly 20 years. Shimmin, who now serves as a nurse practitioner at Beu, worked at the University's health center as a nurse practitioner from 1981-1992. Prior to coming back to Beu in 2011, Shimmin served as a nurse practitioner and clinical director at the Henderson County Rural Health Center (now known as Eagle View Community Health System).

According to Mary Margaret Harris, Beu Health Center director, Shimmin's previous experience at Beu, as well as her experience as a nurse practitioner in a community health system, will be of great benefit to Western students who come to Beu for treatment.

"We are happy to welcome Leah Shimmin back to Beu Health Center. Leah focuses on the needs of her patients; her caring and compassionate manner make her a great addition to our college health team," Harris said.

Shimmin noted that coming back to Beu has been an enjoyable experience.

"I like being in the college environment and working with young people. I think it helps keep me young and vital. I grew up in a college town -- my dad was the head librarian at Monmouth College while I was growing up -- so I am partial to working in a higher education setting," she explained.

Shimmin earned her bachelor's in nursing from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) in 1974 and her master's degree in nursing from University of Illinois in 1978. She enjoys music -- and plays both the violin and clarinet -- as well as geocaching, biking and ice skating, and she has recently taken up drawing and painting. Shimmin is married with two adult children, who are both librarians.

For more information, contact Harris at (309) 298-1888 or MM-Harris@wiu.edu. Find Beu on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BeuHealthCenter.

Posted By: WIU News (U-Relations@wiu.edu)
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