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Pediatrician takes on leadership role at Tallgrass Creek

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June 21st, 2010

When Erickson executives say they value the input of residents, it s not just lip service. As evidence, the company recently began electing residents to serve on the communities boards of directors. The boards of directors contract with Erickson to provide oversight, supervision, management, and strategic planning for ' each community. [caption id="attachment_12380" align="alignright" width="196" caption="Don Blim, Tallgrass Creek"] Don Blim, M.D., has been named the first resident director to serve on the board of directors for Tallgrass Creek, the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kansas. It s a credit to Erickson that they value residents so much as to offer opportunities to work firsthand with the management team and the board, Blim says. I look forward to being a working member of the board, giving guidance and adding what I can to enhance all that s great and already here at Tallgrass Creek. Blim and his wife, Myrle, moved to Tallgrass Creek in February 2009, where he has been involved with many of the resident-led committees and events on campus, including the Veterans Club, billiards, golf, and the Lifelong Learning Committee. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Blim served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. He received undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Kansas and has been a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1958. Blim practiced pediatrics for nearly 40 years locally and created the Pediatrics Association, a ten-physician pediatric practice at St. Luke s, a large hospital health system in Kansas City, Mo. After he retired, Blim served as chief medical officer at St. Luke s for ten years. He also served as president of the University of Kansas Medical Alumni and the Jackson County Medical Society. He spent eight years on the American Academy of Pediatrics board of directors, including serving as president. Currently he is on the Past Presidents Advisory Committee and has been on the Kansas Medical Center Advancement Board since its inception five years ago.