‘Fair-Well Fest’ retirement party honors longtime Chicago Heights pediatrician

For more than 35 years, Dr. Robert Jordan treated children in south suburban communities, offering routine check-ups, immunizations, and important medical consultations in an area where private practice pediatricians were rare.

“He dedicated his life to taking care of those who were indigent who would not get the love and care usually given to people with means,” said his wife, the Rev. Jeanette Jordan.

On Saturday, hundreds of members of the community and former patients gathered at a Chicago Heights park to thank Jordan for his service, with an all-day retirement party dubbed a “Fair-Well Fest.”

At the event, former patients took turns on stage giving emotional speeches about Jordan’s care. One mother said Jordan treated her like his own daughter, offering sound medical treatment even when she was on disability leave from work and unsure of how she would pay medical bills. Another little girl told the crowd, “He never let me die. He made sure I was always healthy,” before running off the stage and jumping into her doctor’s arms.

The festival, which also featured food, live entertainment, free blood pressure tests, diabetes screenings and other health offerings, was organized by Jordan’s children in partnership with several community sponsors. It came one week before Jordan’s South Suburban Pediatrics will be turned over to a new owner, a pediatrician who has agreed to continue serving the low-income community, said Allison Jordan, his eldest daughter.

“He cared about your well-being,” said Felicia Moore, of Crete, who brought her three children regularly to see Jordan beginning in 1989. “He would have questions that I would never be asked by other doctors.”

Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, the 75-year-old Jordan said he was inspired to become a doctor from an early age, after his younger sister died from…

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