J. Blake Casher, DO, Retires After 30 Years in Medicine

After finishing his psychiatry residency and Geriatric Psychiatric Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Casher was recruited to Lansing to become the Medical Director and attending for a brand new 26-bed Inpatient geropsychiatry Unit at Lansing General Hospital in 1989. A few years later, he was offered the Associate Medical Director role. 

The hospital also helped him establish an outpatient geropsychiatry office with Dr. Lynn Hughes in the Professional Building next to the hospital.

On several different occasions during those early years, he served as Chairman of the Psych Department at LGH and MCMC (Michigan Capitol Medical Center after the merger). 

The inpatient psychiatry unit thrived and was usually filled at 26 patients with a waiting list. In 2001 Dr. Casher left the Unit at the hospital and decided to focus on his out-patient practice, CMH, and nursing homes. It was also during that time that he increased his lecture work as a National Speaker, traveling all over the US speaking on geriatric psychiatric subjects such as dementia and depression.

Dr. Casher was appointed by then Governor Granholm to the State of Michigan P&T Committee and served a two-year term. He also began taking Legal cases, serving as an Expert Witness for geropsychiatry cases involving dementia and competency. He also continued his outpatient practice until 2018. 

In March of 2013, Dr. Peterson approached Dr. Casher and asked him to return to his old position as Medical Director of the geropsychiatry Unit, still at the old Lansing General Hospital, but now McLaren, and now only 10 beds. From April 1, 2013 until his retirement on June 28, 2019, Dr. Casher shared he had the best and most enjoyable time in his career, working with great people, including nurses, social workers, psych techs, activity and physical and occupational therapists in a truly collegial environment. In total Dr. Casher worked 17 1/2 years of his career on that very same unit. 

Thank you Dr. Casher for your years of service at McLaren, we hope you enjoy retirement!