In Memoriam: SafeWorks Co-Founder Wanda E. Fletcher RN, COHN-S, 1955-2019

SafeWorks Illinois co-founder Wanda Fletcher, RN COHN-S was tragically killed in a car crash in California on September 20, 2019.

In 1989, Wanda along with her former husband Dr. David Fletcher started their private occupational health practice with just one clinic in Decatur. Later they expanded their business to clinics in Springfield, Mattoon, Chicago, and Champaign, along with the development of a mobile health practice that served the entire State of Illinois for almost 20 years.

Wanda obtained her BSN degree in 1989 at the University of Illinois, Champaign and became one of handful of certified Occupational Health Nurses (COHN-S) in downstate Illinois in the late 90s.

She left SafeWorks in 2005 and returned back to her native California to further her occupational health nursing career, where at the time of her untimely death she was the practice manager at the Northbay Occupational Health and Employee Health Services in Fairfield, California.

“Wanda’s unique expertise as a certified occupational health nurse really helped build up the business and helped SafeWorks become known as one of the premiere programs in the country, especially with her leadership in providing on-site services throughout Illinois in our mobile vans,” cited Dr. Fletcher.

She is survived by her two children, Janine and Jeffrey, and five grandchildren. Her daughter Jennifer preceded her in death.

A celebration of life for Wanda will be held on Saturday October 5, 2019 at the NorthBay Health Administrative Center in Fairfield, California.

SafeWorks Illinois plans to create a permanent memorial for Wanda to honor her occupational health nursing leadership as she wanted to help train a new generation of nurses that would help protect America’s workers.

A link to a more detailed obituary is here.


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