Battle Creek Physicians Inducted Into Bronson Battle Creek Physician Hall of Fame
James Maurer, MD, and the late Edward Chandler, MD, were recently inducted into the Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) Physician Hall of Fame. The BBC Physician Hall of Fame was created in 2009 to recognize doctors who, through their long tenure and accomplishments, have mentored and served as an inspiration to others.
Maurer received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also served two years in the Navy before completing his neurosurgery residency. Maurer came to Battle Creek in 1964 and joined the practice of Dr. Jack Griffith. During his distinguished career, he served the Battle Creek community in various capacities including as chief of staff at Leila Hospital (now Bronson Battle Creek), president of Calhoun County Medical Society and as a member of the Calhoun County Board of Health. Maurer retired in 1987 and refocused his considerable talents on development of the Marian Burch Adult Day Care Center. His thousands of dedicated service hours to the center earned him a George H. Ball Community Achievement Award. He also put in countless hours as a volunteer for a number of other non-profit organizations in the area.
Chandler grew up in nearby Charlotte, Mich. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After an internship at St. Louis City Hospital and two years in the Medical Corps, Chandler came to Battle Creek for his surgery residency at Leila Hospital. After completing his residency, Chandler joined the surgery practice of Drs. Mustard, Stiefel and Hubly. He later formed his own practice where he cared for patients until 1986. Chandler was an active community leader. He was elected the president of Calhoun County Medical Society and was chief of staff at Leila Hospital. Additionally, he served as an elder at St. Paul Lutheran Church, organized the first training program for local ambulance personnel, and did extensive volunteer work, particularly with the Good Samaritan Hospice and the Food Bank of South-Central Michigan.
The BBC Physician Hall of Fame selection committee, under the leadership of Randy Mudge, MD, chief of staff, with the assistance of Jeff Jones, MD, past chief of staff, sought nominations from members of the BBC medical and nursing staffs to find both historic and contemporary physicians to be considered for induction.
Plaques honoring all BBC Physician Hall of Fame recipients can be found outside the gift shop in the BBC inpatient lobby.