About Us

Committed to Serving Children’s Health Care Needs Since 1971

Our Founder

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Margaret B. Shipley, MD

The Shipley Child Health Clinic, led by Dr. Margaret Shipley, began in 1971 as a pilot project of the Junior League to provide health care to underserved children.

Sadly, Dr. Shipley passed away on November 14, 2007. The legacy of her mission shall remain as a celebration of her life for many years to come, or as long as children’s health care services are needed.

For those of you who knew Margaret, you would remember that she was a humble woman who...

Our History

In May 1971 the United Health Foundation and the Junior League of Canton opened the Well Baby Clinic -- a multi‑location health care service providing immunizations, physicals, and well-baby care to low-income families. From this beginning, the Margaret B. Shipley Child Health Clinic. was formed to provide services to children whose families could not afford basic health care.

In May 1972, the administrative responsibility for the Clinic was delegated to the Visiting Nurse Society of Stark County, Inc., and the Well Baby Clinic was centralized in one location at 711 Second Street NE. The Clinic was relocated to our current site, 919 Second Street NE, the following year.

The Visiting Nurse Society of Stark County, Inc., was begun in 1898 under the charitable auspices of what would eventually become the Children's Aid Society. The Visiting Nurse Society provided administrative support, as well as the guidance and accountability to the Board of Trustees.

Over the years numerous agencies and corporations donated time, money, and services to the Clinic. Dr. Margaret B, Shipley served the Clinic as the volunteer Medical Director for many years.

In 1979, she retired from practice to devote more time to her home and family. In honor of her years of dedicated service, the Well Baby Clinic was renamed the Margaret B. Shipley Child Health Clinic.

In 1996 the Visiting Nurse Society of Stark County, Inc., merged its home health division with the Sisters of St. Augustine/Columbia Healthcare Corporation partnership. The Board of Trustees chose to continue the tradition of nonprofit health care provision to patients and families by retaining and incorporating the Clinic into the Margaret B. Shipley Child Health Clinic.

Today, the Clinic continues to provide well and sick-child care to over 5,800 patients Stark County and surrounding areas. The Clinic partners with the Stark County THRIVE program, with a Community Health Worker on staff, working to reduce the infant mortality rate and disparity in birth outcomes relative to black and white infants. The THRIVE program is for families who are expecting or have an infant under the age of one.

Shipley Staff

Courtney Halter - Executive Director
Jordan Hoerr - Pediatrician
Stacie Huff - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Mental Health Specialist
Ruth Mangus - Office Manger
Kathy Bair - Registered Nurse
Tonnielle Yoho - Medical Assistant
Denise Nelson - Medical Assistant
Alanna Riesen - Care Coordinator/THRIVE Supervisor
Lisa Riley - Community Health Worker
Jaime Mayle - Receptionist
Mechele Abdulla - Medical Office Clerk

Courtney Halter

Courtney Halter, MBA is a Canton native and dedicated leader who brings more than a decade of health care management experience to her role with the Clinic. She takes a wholly strategic approach to management while working to create a positive environment where everyone succeeds contributing to big-picture goals. Courtney is often described as upbeat, outgoing and motivational- a professional who is adept at mentoring as she is leading up. Prior to joining Shipley Child Health Clinic, Courtney served in various roles gaining a broad wealth of knowledge in areas of fundraising and development, event management, corporate strategy and board relations as well as played instrumental role in building/developing teams, encouraging accountability and implementing new organizational-wide initiatives. Courtney holds a master’s degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s in Education, both from Walsh University.

Dr. Jordan Hoerr, MD grew up in the Midwest and attended a small liberal arts college in Indiana. He attended medical school in Chicago and moved to Ohio for his residency in Cleveland at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Dr. Hoerr chose primary pediatric care because he had a great pediatrician himself growing up (Dr. Halperin).

Jordan has interests in mental health, legislative advocacy, public health education, research, and travel. Outside of medicine, he prefers to run or bike to stay healthy, though insists he will never run a marathon because, as he likes to remind people, the runner who inspired the race, Pheidippides, died after he finished running. Jordan looks forward to the day when the pandemic won’t make travel so uncertain, as he has spent time in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, China, and South Korea. He likes to read and is trying to keep plants alive at home.

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Stacie Huff, APRN-CNP, PMHS is a pediatric nurse practitioner who joined the staff in March 2012. She studied nursing at Kent State University and the University of Akron where she received a master's degree in child and adolescent health. Stacie has been a certified, registered nurse practitioner since 2003 and is a member and fellow of several professional organizations at the local and national levels.

Stacie is also a board-certified pediatric mental health specialist who completed a mental health fellowship through Arizona State University and the National Association of Pediatric Nurses and Practitioners. She enjoys the challenge of treating children with mental health disparities and behavioral issues. Stacie and her husband, Dr. Kevin Huff, DDS, reside in Dover with their beautiful daughter, Kamdyn.

Board of Trustees

President: A. Jim Rossi III, Rossi Funeral Home
Vice-President: John L. Feucht, MBA, RPH, Vice President, Pharmacy Services, Summa Health
Treasurer: TBD
Ex-Officio: Courtney Halter, Executive Director, Margaret B. Shipley Child Health Clinic

Karen Coughlin: MSN, Retired Administrative Director, Cancer Services, Mercy Medical Center
Allison Oprandi: MD, Integrated Health Collaborative President & CEO, Aultman Health Foundation
Hannelore Smith: MD, Retired Pediatrician
Matt Stewart: Vice President Finance, Aultman Health Foundation
Joanne Paulino-Peppard: Esq, Paulino Law
Michael C. Hearn: M.Ed., Director Curriculum, Fairless Local Schools
Elaine M. Campbell: Director, Mercy Development Foundation