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HIGHLAND — The Highland Health Care Center on Tuedsay, National Doctor’s Day, honored Medical Director, Dr. Robert Schaefer.

The 128-bed skilled nursing facility provides short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care, memory care and respite care. Schaefer, who has worked at Highland for the past five years, decided to pursue a career in geriatric care due to his love of working with elderly patients. His medical school also had a strong geriatric care program, which made his decision even easier.

“My favorite part about my job is the continuity of care. I love not only getting to know my patients, but their families as well,” said Schaefer. “When you work in the skilled nursing facility industry you are not only the patients’ doctor, but you also become their friend and coach.”

Schaefer often finds himself coming to check on the clinic even on his days off. However, he cannot do it all on his own.


“I really love working with the staff here at Highland, they really are a phenomenal group of people who care deeply for all of the residents,” he said. “COVID-19 was definitely a struggle, but everyone did a fantastic job, and we were all able to push through it.

“I am not a knight in shining armor,” he said. “I just do my job as best as I can.”

A Philadelphia native and avid Eagles fan, Schaefer began his medical career as a physician’s assistant for 13 years, where he worked in a hospital emergency room and a health clinic. He then went on to medical school at the University of Health Sciences Antigua.

He served for 16 years on the Illinois Air Force National Guard as a flight surgeon and has supported both war and peacetime operations.

For more information on the Highland Health Care Center contact Jennifer Cross at 618-654-2368 or visit www.highland-hcc.com.

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