Drs. Ron and Eric Nord 

BLOOMINGTON — A health care legacy planted by Dr. Stanley and Sudie Nord on the family farm west of Bloomington is about to enter its fourth generation.

Stanley Nord was a family physician in Bloomington-Normal from 1949 to 2000. He and Sudie — both of whom died several years ago — had nine children and six of them went into health care.

Ron became a veterinarian, Paul became a family physician, Larry an orthopedic surgeon, Dan and Harold became obstetrician-gynecologists (all in Bloomington-Normal) and Carolyn became a nurse in St. Charles, Mo.

John and David work in the construction trades and Doug owns Nord Outdoor Power.

The third generation of Nords in health care include Eric, a vet in practice with his dad, Ron, in Bloomington; Kim, an advance practice nurse and certified nurse practitioner at OSF HealthCare Medical Group Nord Farms Family Medicine in Bloomington; Heather Shankland, who works with the HIPAA program at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield; Melissa Watterson, a nurse in practice with her father, Dr. Harold Nord, in Bloomington; Dr. Bridget Nord, a family physician in Chicago; Dr. Annie Nord, a dentist in practice with Dr. Daniel Milligan in Bloomington; Dr. Gina Nord, an anesthesiologist at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington; and Katie Nord, an aesthetician in Charleston, S.C.

Other third generation Nords include an occupational therapist, a speech therapist and paramedics.

A fourth generation Nord is about to begin a career in health care. Evelyn England, a granddaughter of Dr. Ron Nord, will graduate from dental school later this year and is expected to begin her dental practice in Galesburg.

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