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Eileen Small is April Employee of the Month

March 26, 2014

 

Eileen Small, of Junction City, is the April Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. Small is a licensed practice nurse in the Flint Hills Surgical Clinic at Geary Community Hospital.

 

Small was selected because of how she immediately forms relationships with her patients.  Even before Dr. Charles Bollman, general surgeon, sees the patient, Small compiles the medical history of the patient.  If there are inconsistencies in her findings, she will take the steps to put all the pieces together so that Dr. Bollman has a clear picture of the patient’s medical facts.

 

She is able to have the hard and honest conversations with patients and is also very honest with co-workers and providers in all aspects of her job.  Small is a true patient advocate.  Along with honesty comes loyalty.  She never leaves patients or co-workers hanging in the wind.  She does an extremely close follow-up on all her patients, including calling patients on her day off or on the weekend to remind them not to forget an appointment or to take their medicine.

 

She has an exceptional ability to comfort patients that are really struggling with their diagnosis, whether it is cancer or gallstones.  She advocates patient education and support groups. She also has a great sense of humor and uses it when appropriate.

 

Her efficiency is extraordinary. She gets an incredible amount of work done, even pondering issues and challenges while at home and then coming in the next day with a solution.

 

Small received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an employee of the month pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Eilleen Small, LPN



Dr. Felts to join hospital rural health clinic in July

March 18, 2014

 

Joe Stratton, CEO at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City, is pleased to announce that Dr. Marc Felts will join the GCH Rural Health Clinic on July 1, 2014. He will assume Dr. Kimberly Wirths family medicine practice in the Medical Arts II, fourth floor.

 

Dr. Felts is well known and well liked in the Junction City area and has been a physician at the hospital for the last 27 years.  He began his hospital association on July 27, 1987, when he joined Dr. Don Morgan’s family practice.  Felts and Morgan’s practice was located where AlphaCare is now.  In 1989, Dr. Felts became a full-time emergency department physician in what would become a 25-year career.

 

Felts said that he would like to have a normal lifestyle, which means no night shifts and no weekends. He also said that a switch back to family medicine would allow him to get to know his patients better and provide the continuity of care he wasn’t able to provide in the emergency department.

 

“My dad (from Felts’ home town of Phillipsburg, Kansas) would like to come and see me on weekends and that hasn’t been possible until now,” Felts said. Felts also has three children he would like to see more: Meghan, 30, and Devon, 24, and Alex, 20.

 

Felts is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.  He was on the board of the Geary County Health Department for 22 years and county coroner from ten years.

 

To make an appointment with Dr. Felts in July, call 785-762-2585.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 



Dr. Marc Felts



GCH to train new hospice volunteers March 17 and 21

March 5, 2014

 

Do you need something meaningful to do over spring break?  Do you want to really help someone at the end of his or her life? 

 

New hospice volunteers are being trained for companion and personal care, light housekeeping, meal preparation, sewing, office work and other tasks according to the volunteer’s abilities and availability, according to Linda Rigsby, volunteer coordinator for Hospice at Geary Community Hospital.  This is the only accredited hospice agency in Geary County.

 

Rigsby will train a new group of hospice volunteers March 17 and 21.

 

Sign-up through Rigsby and plan to attend the two required training sessions on Monday, March 17 (Better wear your green!), from 9:00 am-3:00 pm., in the Medical Arts II Conference Room, and Friday, March 21, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm, in the Conference Room of the Martha K. Hoover Women’s Health Center.  Both locations are located on the south side of Geary Community Hospital in Junction City.

 

To sign up or to ask questions, please contact Rigsby at 785-762-2653.

 

Cyndy Platt, director

Public Relations

 

 




Cathy Reed is March Employee of the Month

February 25, 2014

 

Cathy Reed, of Junction City, is the March Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. Reed is the manager of the central services department at Geary Community Hospital.

 

Reed has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the hospital.  She works many hours to maintain a high standard of service.  She initiates changes that improve the department while remaining an upbeat leader with regards to staffing, workload and product changes. 

 

Reed mentors her employees and never fails to pitch in when the workload is high or staffing is low.  She has worked for GCH for 12 years and maintains her certified registered central services technician certification.  She also recently passed her preliminary managerial certification class and is now ready to test for manger certification in central services.

 

Reed received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an employee of the month pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Cathy Reed



GCH Hospice to host craft fair May 3

February 18, 2014

 

Hospice at Geary Community Hospital will host the First Annual Spring Bazaar on May 3, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., at Spring Valley Elementary in Junction City.  Local arts and crafts artisans and small business people who are looking to exhibit their products are welcome to participate.

 

“We hope that the bazaar will give people with home-based businesses a new venue in which to sell their goods,” said Linda Rigsby, volunteer coordinator of Hospice at GCH.

 

Space at the bazaar is available for a tax-deductable contribution of $30 to Hospice at GCH. These contributions will go toward special end-of-life needs of GCH hospice patients. Vendors will receive an 8-foot space to exhibit and sell their products.  Electricity is available on a limited basis.

 

To reserve a table or for questions, please contact Rigsby at 785-762-2653.

 

Cyndy Platt, director

Public Relations

 

 




Cynthia Stroda is February Employee of the Month

February 7, 2014

 

Cynthia Stroda, of Herington, is the February Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. Stroda is Dr. Rhonda Mace’s nurse in the GCH Rural Health Clinic at Geary Community Hospital.

 

She is highly dedicated and dependable. Stroda is also a very empathetic nurse who is able to forge positive and therapeutic relationships with others in even the most challenging of circumstances. She follows the Golden Rule and treats her patients the way she would like to be treated.

 

Dr. Mace said, “Every single day she does something above and beyond what is required that shows how much she cares about our patients.”

 

Stroda prioritizes and organizes which keeps things flowing smoothly in the clinic for herself, her provider and her patients. She single-handedly manages multiple duties for the office and manages to share a smile on even the most stressful of days.

 

Stroda received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an employee of the month pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 



Cynthia Stroda



Jody Hittle passed certification for operating room nurse

January 28, 2014

 

Jody Hittle, RN, of Milford, passed the certification examination known as CNOR.  As the only accredited credentialing program for perioperative registered nurses, CNOR certification is the gold standard. Earning the CNOR credential is a mark of distinction and a highly sought after personal as well as professional accomplishment. The CNOR credentialing program is for perioperative nurses interested in enhancing as well as validating their specialized knowledge and skills. CNOR certified nurses are committed to providing the highest quality care to their surgical patients. 

 

“I am very proud of her accomplishments,” said Dawn Engel, RN, interim chief nursing officer.  “Jody demonstrates her dedication to quality and excellence in the surgery department. Obtaining her certification confirms her competence and capabilities.”

 

Specialty nursing certification is an objective measure of knowledge, which validates that a nurse is qualified to provide specialized nursing care. More than 34,250 perioperative nurses currently hold the CNOR credential.

 

Candidates have 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete the CNOR exam, which has 200 multiple-choice questions. These questions assess a nurses' proficiency in nine comprehensive perioperative nursing subjects.

 

Hospitals and institutions around the world support the CNOR program because certified nurses are confident in their skill and knowledgeable of the latest standards of practice and care. CNOR-certified nurses are leaders in the operating room community.

 

Hittle is the nurse manager of the Geary Community Hospital Surgery Center.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 



Jody Hittle, RN



GCH Home Health agency receives high honors

January 16, 2014

 

Home Health at Geary Community Hospital has been named a 2013 HHCAHPS Honors recipient.  This is a prestigious award recognizing those home health agencies that provide the best patient experience. HHCAHPS is a standardized tool used to measure patient perceptions of care provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies.

 

Established by Deyta, this prestigious annual honor recognizes the top 20 percent of home health agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the patient’s point of view.  HHCAHPS Honors acknowledges the highest performing agencies ranked by analyzing satisfaction measures covering both performance and improvement of care over a 12-month period.

 

Deyta used the HHCAHPS survey results from over 1,200 eligible home health agencies contained in its HHCAHPS database with an evaluation period of April 2012 to March 2013.

 

Deyta partners with thousands of hospice, home health and healthcare organizations to simplify data driven management.

 

Home Health at Geary Community Hospital was also named one of the HomeCare Elite for 2013, an award of excellence for top performing agencies from the OCS HomeCare National Research Corporation and Decision Health. They identify the top 25 percent of Medicare certified agencies in the nation. Winners of this award are ranked by an analysis of publicly reported data on performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance.

 

Terri Wahle, RN, director of Home Care Services at Geary Community Hospital, and her staff are located at 1310 W. Ash in Junction City, across from the hospital.

 

Cyndy Platt, director

Public Relations

 




CPAP clinic January 31

January 7, 2014

 

Home Medical Equipment (HME) at Geary Community Hospital will host CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) clinics on Friday, January 31, and Friday, February 28. 

 

The clinic will be held on an informal, walk-in basis from 9:00 am-11:30 am and 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, at the HME store, at 1310 W. Ash St. (lower level, back side) in Junction City.

 

Cornell Lawrence, certified respiratory therapist for the HME store, will host the clinics and be available to assist patients with any CPAP issues or questions.  In addition, HME will periodically have representatives from manufacturers of CPAP equipment (Respironics and ResMed) available.

 

For a complete schedule for the year, call 785-762-2983 or toll-free 866-225-5146.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 




Roxanne Quinata is January Employee of the

January 2, 2014

 

Roxanne Quinata, of Fort Riley, is the January Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. Quinata is a registrar in the Patient Access department. She was nominated by a grateful emergency department patient whose wife wrote the following:

 

In September when driving home to Colorado, my husband become very ill.  We were so pleased to find Geary Community Hospital nearby. During a long wait to be seen in the ER, Roxanne Quinata went far beyond her job to reassure us and to continue checking on my husband in a reassuring and caring manner.  I have never been associated with a more professional and caring hospital than yours.  Your patients are in good hands!

 

Quinata’s strong customer service skills and a great attention to detail help her give a great first impression to the hospital’s customers. She has an outstanding attitude and a desire to have each and every person she meets “Experience the Excellence” at Geary Community Hospital. 

 

Quinata received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an employee of the month pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 





Linda and Dani Patterson to be honored for saving a life

December 31, 2013

 

On January 4, 2014, in Manhattan, a recognition ceremony will take place at the K-State vs. Oklahoma State basketball game in which two nurses, Linda Patterson, of Dwight, and her daughter Dani Patterson, of Topeka, will be honored for saving the life of a K-State fan, according to Dr. Tom Craig, Junction City internist.

 

This heroic deed happened during the K-State vs. Oklahoma football game on November 23 when a fellow fan sitting just two rows in front of Linda and Dani suddenly had a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest.  While Dani proceeded with CPR, Linda was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, guiding EMS to their location.  The man was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center.  Dr. Craig said, “He is alive and well today having suffered the cardiac arrest due to the occlusion of his right coronary artery.”

 

A pre-game reception will also be held to honor the Pattersons and the other first responders and their families.  The patient will be there to finally meet those who saved his life. An end-game ceremony will celebrate these brave life-savers as well.

 

Linda Patterson, licensed practical nurse, started working for Geary Community Hospital in July 1980 and retired in March 2009.  She then came back to work PRN (as needed) for Geary Community Hospital in Dr. Craig’s clinic two months later.  Linda spent most of her 29-year career at GCH as an emergency department nurse.

 

Dani Patterson is a registered nurse at Stormont Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka and is a member of the Faculty Board of the American Heart Association. She worked for GCH in registration in the early 1980s and then as a licensed practical nurse for Dr. Craig and then as a registered nurse in the mid-1990’s. 

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 







Members of the Humboldt Creek 4-H Club decorated the children's Christmas tree at Geary Community Hospital. The tree, decorated with recycled cans, bottles, jar lids and cinnamon/applesauce cut-outs is one of the hospital's favorite trees and is available for viewing in the Main Lobby. The GCH Auxiliary schedule a children's group or school to decorate the tree each year.

Pictured, front row, left to right: Calen Boller, Ben Hays, Carly Rothfuss, Kaitlyn Sohnrey, Colton Weeks. Back row, left to right: Juan Tovar, Lydia Sohnrey, Drew Hays, Trenton Godfrey, and Lynn Sohnrey, one of the club's leaders.







Auxiliary member Dean Willis stands by one of the Christmas trees decorated by the GCH Auxiliary members.




Sue Hite is December Employee of the Month

November 21, 2013

 

Sue Hite of Chapman was selected the December Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. Hite is the administrative assistant for Dr. Todd Frieze’s family medicine practice in Junction City and Chapman.  She has been with the hospital for four years.

 

Hite is very dedicated, compassionate, a perfectionist and extremely reliable.  She gives more than 100 percent each and every day. She is a huge asset to Dr. Frieze’s clinic.  She keeps up with the changes in healthcare and with a smile, too. She knows the patients very well and sometimes covers the Chapman Clinic and knows the patients there, as well.

 

Hite is great at multitasking and being a team player.  She never complains, no matter how much work she has.  She’s like the Energizer Bunny…she keeps going and going…until all the work is done and done right. She is constantly being asked if she can be cloned.  She always goes above and beyond for every patient.

 

Hite received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an employee of the month pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Sue Hite





Hospital had excellent representation at annual conventions

November 18, 2013

 

The Geary Community Hospital (GCH) Auxiliary was awarded the Gold Award of Excellence from the Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas (HAK) at the annual convention held in Wichita, November 14-15. 

 

Pictured during the presentation were, left to right: Tom Bell, president and CEO, Kansas Hospital Association; Vicki Hahn, 2013 chairman of the board, Kansas Hospital Association; Gail Stein, of Junction City, president, Geary Community Hospital Auxiliary; Joe Stratton, of Junction City, CEO, Geary Community Hospital; Gin Steinbrecker, of Junction City, past Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas District III representative, standing in for Dottie Letellier, of Junction City, current representative; and Connie Speer, 2013 president, Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas. Stratton bought fresh corsages for the auxilians attending convention to show his appreciation for their service.

 

Also attending the HAK convention were Joanne McKenna, vice president, GCH Auxiliary; Jean Richardson, secretary, GCH Auxiliary; Liz Sites, incoming president, GCH Auxiliary; Lou Schlup and Peggy Wawrzyniak.

 

The Gold Award of Excellence is the state’s top honor for hospital auxiliaries that have demonstrated service and commitment to their hospitals and communities.  Hospital auxiliaries had to complete 21 requirements to receive this high distinction.

 

The Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) Convention was held concurrently at the Hyatt Regency/Century II Convention Center.  This year’s theme was “Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity” and featured, among others, Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and a Fox News regular, who spoke on political advocacy.  Dr. Jackie Freiberg spoke on innovation in the patient experience, and Allison Massari spoke of her 400 days in hospitals, doctors’ offices and physical therapy after a horrifying and fiery car crash.  She brought a fresh, relevant perspective of personalized care.

 

Attending from Geary Community Hospital were Dr. Joe Stratton, DBA, FACHE, chief executive officer; Alice Jensen, JD, RN, chief operations officer; Dawn Engel, RN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer; Lisa Kobetich, RN, Fegan Intensive Care Unit manager; Pat Tabor, FACHE, director of materials management; Laura Reynolds, CHAM, director of patient access; and Harold Marion, director of marketing.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 




Julie Hatesohl attains fellow status

November 15, 2013

 

Julie Hatesohl, director of Patient Financial Services at Geary Community Hospital, Junction City, recently became a Fellow from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA). 

 

To be awarded the FHFMA distinction, applicants must be credentialed as a certified health care financial professional; be an HFMA member for at least five years; complete a bachelor’s degree or 120 semester hours from an accredited college or university; and volunteer in HFMA or the industry. Fewer than 1,700 HFMA members nationwide have achieved this accomplishment in the organization’s 68-year history.

 

Hatesohl is also the president-elect of the Kansas Health Information Management Association and will take over as president next June.  She was honored as a co-Outstanding Leader at GCH in 2010, along with Laura Reynolds, director of Patient Access.


The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) provides the resources healthcare organizations need to achieve sound fiscal health in order to provide excellent patient care. With more than 39,000 members, HFMA is the nation's leading membership organization of healthcare finance executives and leaders. HFMA helps its members achieve results by providing education, analysis, and guidance, and creating practical tools and solutions that optimize financial management. The organization is a respected and innovative thought leader on top trends and challenges facing the healthcare finance industry. From addressing capital access to improved patient care to technology advancement, HFMA is the indispensable resource for healthcare finance.

 

Cyndy Platt, director

Public Relations

 

 



Julie Hatesohl, FHFMA





All nursing staff must complete annual competency testing and the nurse managers at Geary Community Hospital always make it a fun by dressing in costumes.

Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nurse aides are tested in waived testing((Glucometer and Hemoccult); a code blue case study; infection control; and restraints, among others. They are also learning about a new computer program and about health education topics like diabetes. Nurses were also given annual physicals and flu vaccines.

Pictured: Front, left to right: Melanie Griffin, RN, Senior Health Center; Elaine Becker, RN, Quality Management. Back, left to right: Stephanie Stremming,RN,Emergency Department; Lisa Kobetich, RN, Intensive Care Unit; Vesna Troupe, RN, Medical/Surgical; and Christine Jones, RN, Education.
Not pictured: Laurel Peterson, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator; Sherri Robidou, RN.





Sherry Wolfe is Employee of the Month

October 30, 2013

 

Sherry Wolfe of Wakefield was selected the November Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. Wolfe is a Clinical Information Systems Specialist II in the Information Systems department and has been with the hospital for 16 years. Her knowledge of medicine as a licensed practical nurse helps her provide the right service at the right time for the clinical staff.

 

Wolfe has been working around the clock getting everything ready for the physicians to use Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), which went live last week.  She stays late and comes in early to accommodate the physicians. She even comes in on her days off.  She works closely with nursing and pharmacy to ensure that the order sets are built quickly, properly and timely.  Everyone we talked with thought Sherry was superb, very knowledgeable and helpful.

 

Beyond that, Wolfe keeps the IS department focused (like a mother hen, one friend put it) in that the goal is patient care even though we do not provide the care directly.  She is an amazing employee who works hard and does what is right all the time.

 

Wolfe received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an employee of the month pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Sherry Wolfe





Kristi Sherbert, RN, center, was honored at the 2012 GCH Employee Recognition Banquet for 30 years of service. Presenting the award was Alice Jensen, chief operations officer, right, and Jody Hittle, RN, unit manager of the Surgery Center.

Kristi Sherbert to leave GCH after 31 years for school nursing

October 29, 2013

 

Kristi Sherbert will say a tearful goodbye to her Geary Community Hospital family on November 5 after 31 years of service.  “An opportunity to become a full-time nurse for USD 475 at Junction City Middle School presented itself a few days ago and I gratefully accepted the position,” Sherbert said. “It is with sadness and anxiety, yet excitement, that I am changing what I have known to be my life for the last three decades,” Sherbert said.

 

Sherbert has worked for the hospital since 1982, serving in several nursing units until finally settling into the Post Anesthesia Care Unit within the Surgery Center in 1985.  She is a registered nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree.

 

Thousands of patients have awakened from anesthesia to Sherbert’s soft, assuring voice.  “It is so rewarding to awaken a patient to share the news that their surgery is over and to enjoy sharing a good report,” she said.  “I also cherish the times when I have given comfort when there was not good news.”

 

“I am so grateful for all the wonderful and supportive experiences and life-long friendships I have had at Geary Community Hospital,” Sherbert said.  Kristi plans to continue working for the hospital as time allows.

 

The public reception will be held November 5, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., in the Thomas B. Fegan Dining Room, just inside the GCH Main Entrance.                                                                                            

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 




Diabetes support group meeting is November 7

October 25, 2013

 

The Geary Community Hospital diabetes support group will meet on Thursday, November 7, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., in the Fegan A meeting room, next to the Thomas B. Fegan Dining Room. 

 

Kendra Butner, RN, certified diabetes educator, will present the program, “Diabetes and Healthy Living.”

 

The support group is free and open to all people with diabetes and their support families.  For more information or to sign up for diabetes counseling, contact Laurel Peterson, RN, certified diabetes educator at Geary Community Hospital, at 785-210-3344. 

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 




In Suk Togia is Employee of the Month

September 24, 2013

 

In Suk Togia, of Junction City, was selected the October Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. She is a registered nurse in the surgery department and has worked at the hospital for 19 years. This is the third time in her career at GCH in which she has earned this honor.

 

Togia was nominated for the honor by a grateful patient.  He wrote, “In Suk was a true professional. She made me feel comfortable and confident in the hospital care.  She was outstanding in every way.” 

 

Jody Hittle, RN, surgery unit manager, added, “She is extremely professional, very thorough, reliable and knowledgeable.  Her patients love having her as their nurse.  She has fantastic IV skills and is called on occasion to start IVs in other units.” 

 

Togia received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an employee of the month pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



In Suk Togia, RN





Pictured at the graduation were, left to right, Joe Stratton, GCH Chief Executive Officer; Meier; and Gary Drake, chairman, GCH Board of Trustees.

Meier completes state leadership training

August 27, 2013

 

Brad Meier, RN, completed the 12th class of the Kansas Hospital Association Leadership Institute on August 22-23 in Wichita.  Meier is the nurse manager for the physician clinics under the practice management department at Geary Community Hospital.

 

Students are nominated by their hospital CEOs to be part of this select group.  They represent the future leaders of Kansas hospitals.  The leadership institute was established to help hospitals provide professional development opportunities that accentuate the personal skills and abilities needed to facilitate positive change and innovation in Kansas Hospitals.

 

Other graduates of the program include Jody Hittle, RN, and Melissa Wells, RN.  Both are nurse managers at Geary Community Hospital.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 




Margie Langas is Employee of the Month

August 26, 2013

 

Margie Langas, of Junction City, was selected the September Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. She is a ward clerk on the medical/surgical unit and has worked at the hospital for 19 years.

 

Margie is the heartbeat of her unit.  If there is something the staff doesn’t know, no matter in what unit they are working, she will have the answer.  She is very dedicated and the staff love working with her.

 

Langas is hard working and has a wealth of information and experience. She assists with the scheduling of the unit and keeps the unit running efficiently.  She trains the new ward clerks and assists in the training of the aides. Her infectious personality brightens up the unit and keeps smiles on the faces of the staff and visitors.

 

Langas received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an employee of the month pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Margie Langas





The Kansas delegation to the national convention: Bill Jones is on the first row, far right, and Pat Tabor is next to him, second from right.

Tabor and Jones attend national conference

August 21, 2013

 

Pat Tabor, director of Materials Management, and Bill Jones, purchasing agent, at Geary Community Hospital, attended the National Conference of the Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM) in San Diego, July 28-31. Both men received scholarships to attend the national conference to lower travel costs.

 

Tabor is a past president and current treasurer of the Kansas Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (KAHRMM).  Tabor is a fellow in both AHRMM and the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Jones is studying to become a Certified Materials Resource Planner of AHRMM.

 

The Kansas Chapter, KAHRMM, was awarded the Diamond chapter designation—the highest award in the nation--for their involvement in making the state chapter such an outstanding organization.   Some of the  efforts include helping with Kansas Special Olympics, educational conferences and scholarships for members to obtain higher education.

 

Geary Community Hospital has many employees who are or have been leaders in their own state associations.  They are proud of Tabor’s and Jones’ contributions to KAHRMM.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director,

Public Relations

 

 




CPAP clinic to start August 30

August 19, 2013

 

Home Medical Equipment (HME) at Geary Community Hospital will host CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) clinics on the last Friday of each month, beginning August 30.

 

The clinic will be held on an informal, walk-in basis from 9:30 am-11:30 am and 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, at the HME store, at 1310 W. Ash St. (lower level, back side) in Junction City.

 

Cornell Lawrence, certified respiratory therapist for the HME store, will host the clinics and be available to assist patients with any CPAP issues or questions.  In addition, HME will periodically have representatives from manufacturers of CPAP equipment (Respironics and ResMed) available.

 

During the Thanksgiving holiday, the clinic date will be moved to November 22.  There will be no clinic during the Christmas holiday. For more information, call 785-762-2983 or toll-free 866-225-5146.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 




Diabetes support group meeting is September 5

August 16, 2013

 

The Geary Community Hospital diabetes support group will meet on Thursday, September 5, at 5:00 p.m., in the Fegan A meeting room, next to the Thomas B. Fegan Dining Room. 

 

Laurel Peterson, RN, certified diabetes educator at Geary Community Hospital, will introduce a speaker from Sanofi-Aventis U.S., sponsor of the A1C Champions Program. 

 

The Champions program unites diabetics who are successfully managing their diabetes with patients who are striving to do the same. The 60-minute interactive program helps open minds, affect attitudes, diminish fears and improve behavior concerning diabetes self-management.

 

The support group is free and open to all people with diabetes and their support families.  Request a Champions brochure from Peterson at 785-210-3344. 

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 




Jim Klamert is Employee of the Month

July 31, 2013

 

Jim Klamert, of Junction City, was selected the August Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. He is the inventory and receiving coordinator in the Materials Management department.

 

Klamert is extremely hard working, dedicated, and takes pride in his job.  His dedication to his position, supervisor, department and the hospital are unquestioned.   He has a quick smile and helpful hand for all who need his assistance.  Klamert has a strong drive to complete his work with enthusiasm and pays great attention to the details.  Jim is an example for integrity and professionalism. He is a definite asset to Geary Community Hospital and deserving of this award.

 

Klamert received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an employee of the month pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Jim Klamert



New general surgeon joins GCH August 12

July 26, 2013

 

Dr. Joe Stratton, CEO at Geary Community Hospital, announced that Mary Otoo, M.D., would join the hospital’s medical staff as a general surgeon on Monday, August 12.  Dr. Mary Otoo (pronounced like oxygen-- O2), of Syracuse, New York, will join Dr. Fouad Hachem and Dr. Charles Bollman in Flint Hills Surgical Clinic.

 

 “Adding Dr. Otoo will help meet the demand for surgical services at Geary Community Hospital,” said Dr. Stratton. “We believe she and her family will integrate well into the community.”

 

Dr. Otoo received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, in 2004 before beginning medical school at State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, also in 2004.  She graduated in 2008 and immediately began a five-year surgical residency.

 

She completed a general surgical residency at SUNY.  She is certified in Advanced Trauma and Life Support, Advanced Cardiac and Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Dr. Otoo is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Women College of Surgeons.  Her honors include the Hope Hibbard Prize in Biology (Oberlin College), the Society of Sigma Xi, and the Bruce Farrel MD Award (SUNY).  The latter award recognized her for showing true dedication to a medical career, the ability and willingness to teach and learn and the demonstration of maturity and leadership.

 

Volunteer work included working at a free clinic for homeless and underprivileged populations of Syracuse and for the Community Health Partners of Lorain, Ohio.

 

Dr. Otoo and her husband, Kenneth Kolembe, a high school math teacher, have two children, ages one and five. Dr. Otoo enjoys travelling, squash, tennis and table tennis, while her husband is looking forward to fishing at Milford Lake.

 

The public is invited to a reception in honor of Dr. Otoo and newest family medicine physician Dr. Rafael Velasquez, on Wednesday, July 31, from 3:00-4:00 p.m., in the Fegan Dining Room at the hospital.  Cake and punch will be served by the GCH Auxiliary.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Dr. Mary Otoo



Daniel Vallenavedo is Employee of the Month

June 24, 2013

 

Daniel Vallenavedo, of Wamego, was selected the July Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. He is registered in radiologic technology and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the Rago Radiology department.

 

Vallenavedo is a great ambassador and example of an outstanding employee and person.  He is very dedicated to his patients and his job. He has helped numerous times in covering other shift, sometimes without notice.  He’s a hard worker and provides good patient care and customer service. His easy personality puts patients at ease.

 

Vallenavedo received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an employee of the month pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Daniel Vallenavedo



Dr. Lynley Holman, local ob/gyn, now a fellow

June 11, 2013

 

Lynley Holman, M.D., a Junction City obstetrician and gynecologist with Flint Hills OB/GYN, received confirmation from The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that she completed the requirements to become a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG), effective May 1. 

 

Dr. Holman is also board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her partner, Anwar Khoury, M.D., also of Flint Hills OB/GYN, is also board certified and a FACOG.

 

The initials FACOG after a physician's name indicate that he or she has met additional criteria to qualify as a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. By choosing an ACOG Fellow as a physician, patients can feel confident that they will receive the highest quality health care and that their ob/gyn has kept abreast of the latest medical guidelines, treatments, and techniques in women's health care today.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Dr. Lynley Holman





Dr. Ronald Mace (L) and Dr. Rafael Velasquez

Familiar KU-Junction City resident to replace Dr. Ronald Mace July 1

June 5, 2013

 

Geary Community Hospital patients, staff and physicians will remember Dr. Rafael M. Velasquez who spent 2007-2009 studying with Dr. Ronald Mace and other physicians who were part of the University of Kansas Family Practice Residency-Junction City Rural Track. On July 1, Dr. Velasquez will take over Dr. Mace’s practice as the senior physician retires on June 28 after 38 years in medicine.

 

Dr. Velasquez grew up in Lima, Peru, and is a naturalized citizen of the United States.  He completed his medical education in 1993 at the Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal in Peru. In that same year, he treated patients during the Cholera epidemic that affected Lima citizens.  He then spent seven years working for the Peruvian Red Cross until he moved to New Jersey where he worked as a crisis support counselor for the mentally ill, a medical laboratory assistant, and a United Cerebral Palsy support counselor.

 

Before moving to Junction City, he completed two years with the University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency Program.  He completed the family medicine residency program with the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2009.   From September 2009 to the present, he was a family medicine physician in the Farrelly Clinic at Irwin Army Community Hospital on Fort Riley.

 

Dr. Velasquez and his wife, Marina Leonova, live in Junction City with their son Nicholas, 4. Another son, Alex Ramos, 20, is enrolled at KU, majoring in biology.  Dr. Velasquez is fluent in Spanish and enjoys karate, soccer, music and reading.

 

New patients may make an appointment with Dr. Velasquez by calling 762-4884 in Junction City.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 




Dr. Jenkins named new chief of staff

May 23, 2013

 

Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, family medicine physician, was named chief of the medical staff of Geary Community Hospital, effective May 1, 2013. Dr. Jenkins has been practicing medicine in Junction City since taking over Dr. Titus Darabant’s practice in June 2000. He succeeds orthopedic surgeon Allan Holiday, MD, who served in this capacity for the last year.

 

As chief of staff, Dr. Jenkins will represent the medical staff to hospital administration on matters of mutual concern.  He is the spokesperson for the medical staff in its internal, external, professional, and public relations interests. He will preside at all medical staff meetings and make appointments to various committees as required by the medical staff bylaws.

 

Dr. Anwar Khoury, will serve as vice-chief of staff and Dr. J. Patrick Landes, chief radiologist, will serve as secretary.  All terms are for one year.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Dr. Jimmy Jenkins



Peterson earns diabetes educator credentials

May 23, 2013

 

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators announced that Laurel Peterson, RN, at Geary Community Hospital has achieved Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status.

 

Peterson is a native Kansan and has been a registered nurse for 44 years, of which 28 years has been with Geary Community Hospital.

 

Candidates must meet educational and professional experience requirements to be eligible to take the written exam.  The multiple choice examination tests knowledge in the areas of teaching and learning, management, psychosocial, medical assessment and pathophysiology.

 

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators was established in 1986 by the American Association of Diabetes Educators to develop and administer a certification program for health professionals who teach persons with diabetes how to manage their disease.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Laurel Peterson



Local pediatrician now a Fellow of pediatric academy

May 22, 2013

 

Rahel Getachew, M.D., a Junction City pediatrician, received confirmation that she is now considered Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (F.A.A.P.)

 

Pediatricians who earn this status have obtained board certification from the American Board of Pediatrics and have made an ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and advocacy for children.

 

Dr. Getachew joined Junction City Pediatrics on November 1, 2010. Her special interests include preventive and sick-child care as well as growth and development of young children.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Dr. Rahel Getachew





Posing before the District
3 meeting in Junction City on May 16 were: front row, left to right, Connie Speer, HAK president, and Gail Stein, GCH Auxiliary president. Back row, left to right: Dottie Letellier, District 3 coordinator, and the GCH Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year; Toni Dreiling, HAK president- elect; and Diane O'Connor, retired editor,Sunflower Auxilian (state newsletter)


Junction City hosts District 3 annual meeting of Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas

May 22, 2013

 

Over 60 volunteers representing the hospital auxiliaries in Abilene, Salina, Concordia, Council Grove, Lincoln and Junction City met on May 16 at the First Christian Church in Junction City.  The theme was “Come to Our Garden Party” and the guests were asked to wear their favorite hat, which was quite a topic of conversation and pictures throughout the day.

 

The six auxiliary districts that make up the Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas (HAK) meet annually with the president and president-elect of HAK, to hear a legislative report, to network and to enjoy a program and a lovely luncheon.

 

Gail Stein of Chapman, president of the Geary Community Hospital Auxiliary, and Dottie Letellier of Junction City, who is the District 3 Coordinator, led the meeting.  City Commissioner Jim Sands welcomed the volunteers on behalf of the city. 

 

HAK President Connie Speer and President-Elect Toni Dreiling, both of Wichita, gave inspiring remarks and said that they had indeed left the best and most fun meeting for last in their circuit of the state districts.

 

Dr. Joe Stratton, chief executive officer of Geary Community Hospital, and Jamie Bratu, program coordinator of SHICK, a senior health insurance assistance program, shared the legislative update.

 

Debbie Clark presented a hilarious and informative program titled, “Hats off to You!” in which she shared many of the crazy hats she’s collected and told a little of their history.  She reminded the volunteers that they wear many kinds of hats as they volunteer and serve.

 

Breakfast and a luncheon, which included a baked potato bar, tossed green salad and lemon lush, was served by GCH Nutrition Services staff.  Decorations and door prizes were provided by the GCH Auxiliary Gift Shop, which also had a lot of traffic following the meeting.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 




Paige Lueker awarded LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship

May 20, 2013

 

Paige Lueker of Junction City, Kansas, is the recipient of a $500 LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship, according to Laurel Peterson, registered nurse and scholarship chairperson at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City.

 

Lueker is a graduate of Junction City High School and plans to attend The University of Kansas where she will pursue pre-medicine/health studies.  She participated in the school internship program at Geary Community Hospital, where she gained insight and experience in ob/gyn, radiology, emergency care, surgery, anesthesiology, pediatrics and physical therapy.  She particularly enjoyed time with Certified Nurse Midwife Terrah Stroda.

 

Lueker graduated 4th in her class of 367, volunteered more than 270 hours in the community, works part-time, and still had time to be a class and National Honor Society officer, student council member, track athlete and dance team member, among many more activities.

 

The other two winners of the LaVerne Allen scholarship are Issac Otero of Council Grove and Jayce Johnson of Lincolnville.

 

Donations to the LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship can be made to Geary Community Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 3015, Junction City, Kansas 66441.

            

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Paige Lueker



Jayce Johnson awarded LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship

May 20, 2013

 

Jayce Johnson of Lincolnville, Kansas, is the recipient of a $500 LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship, according to Laurel Peterson, registered nurse and scholarship chairperson at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City.

 

Johnson is a graduate of Centre High School and plans to attend Pratt Community College where she will pursue nursing.  She works at Parkside Nursing Home in Hillsboro, Kansas, where she learned that nursing is not only about the medical attention nurses give, but also about showing genuine care of the patients and their families.

 

Johnson graduated 8th in her class of 20 with a 3.33 grade point average. She has completed the Certified Nurse Aide class at Butler Community College.

 

The other two winners of the LaVerne Allen scholarship are Paige Lueker of Junction City and Issac Otero of Council Grove.

 

Donations to the LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship can be made to Geary Community Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 3015, Junction City, Kansas 66441.

            

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Jayce Johnson



Issac Otero awarded LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship

May 20, 2013

 

Issac Otero of Council Grove, Kansas, is the recipient of a $500 LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship, according to Laurel Peterson, registered nurse and scholarship chairperson at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City.

 

Otero is a graduate of Council Grove High School and plans to pursue an associate degree of nursing at Butler Community College.  He then plans to transfer to a university that offers a bachelor’s of nursing degree.  He was influenced to study nursing by watching the successful nursing career of his mother and decided to follow the same course.

 

Otero graduated 8th in his class of 51 with a 3.79 grade point average. He has been involved in a wide variety of activities, including wrestling, cross-country, band, 4-H and Boy Scouts, where he earned the Eagle Scout honor.

 

The other two winners of the LaVerne Allen scholarship are Paige Lueker of Junction City and Jayce Johnson of Lincolnville.

 

Donations to the LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship can be made to Geary Community Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 3015, Junction City, Kansas 66441.

            

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Issac Otero



Mace to retire after 38 years in practice

May 7, 2013

 

After 38 years of service to the people of Geary County and the surrounding area, Dr. Ronald Mace has announced he is retiring from his family medicine practice on June 28, 2013.

 

“It has been a difficult decision to retire, but I will always be grateful to the Junction City community for the trust they placed in me throughout the years” said Mace. Dr. Mace cited the rigors of running a private practice and the wish to slow down a bit as keys factors influencing his retirement. 

 

Dr. Joe Stratton, CEO of Geary Community Hospital, said, “Dr. Mace’s career spans 38 years, with his patients numbering in the thousands.  His service to the people of this area is truly a significant piece in the history of Geary County.” 

 

After finishing his training in Oklahoma, Dr. Mace moved to Junction City and began his practice in 1975. Since then he has cared for thousands of patients, from newborns to the elderly, including nearly 3,000 infant deliveries.

 

From 1994 through the present day, Dr. Mace served as medical director of The University of Kansas Family Practice Residency Program-Junction City Rural Track. He along with former Geary Community Hospital CEOs Gaylon Lowery (1992-1995) and David Bradley (1995-2012), were responsible for establishing and fulfilling the accreditation requirements for the program.

 

Dr. Michael D’Ambrose is the last of 15 family medicine residents in the program and will graduate this summer.  Local physicians Jimmy Jenkins, M.D., and Todd Frieze, M.D., are also graduates of the program. 

 

Dr. Mace is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine.  He is an associate professor of family medicine at The University of Kansas Medical Center.  He served as Geary Community Hospital chief of staff at least four times and is the long-time chairman of the Geary County Medical Society.

 

The Geary Community Hospital Rural Health Clinic will obtain Dr. Mace’s practice upon his retirement.  The Rural Health Clinic is committed to continuing the care for Dr. Mace’s patients and will contract with a locum tenens (temporary) physician until a permanent replacement is found. The clinic’s location and telephone numbers will remain the same.

 

A (public) retirement reception will be held on Friday, June 28, from 3:00-4:30 p.m., in the Main Lobby and Fegan Dining Room of Geary Community Hospital.  A special program will begin at 3:00 p.m.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Dr. Ronald Mace



Dr. Wirths attains fellowship status

April 30, 2013

 

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently named Dr. Kimberly Wirths of Junction City a Fellow of their organization. 

 

Dr. Wirths is also board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine.  She has been practicing medicine in Junction City since 2011. Dr. Wirths received bachelors and medical degrees at The University of Missouri in Kansas City.

 

In order to earn fellowship status, a physician must be an active member of the AAFP for a minimum of six years.  He must earn a minimum of 100 points in the areas of public service, board certifications, publishing and research, volunteer teaching, practicing in an underserved area, and service to the specialty of family practice.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Dr. Kimberly Wirths



Viviana Rivera is Employee of the Month

April 26, 2013

 

Viviana Rivera, of Junction City, was selected the May Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. She works in medical records for the GCH Rural Health Clinic.

 

Rivera is always willing to help and is quick to know the location of any chart.  She doesn’t take many breaks, but prefers instead to improve her productivity.  She recently had a baby boy and worked all the way up to her due date with the same effort and energy as usual.  She never complained or asked for help, because she didn’t need any.  That’s how good she is!  She is always positive, an excellent trainer, focused and appreciated by the entire staff.

 

Rivera received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an employee of the month pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Viviana Rivera



Rapp selected for state Motivator Award

April 25, 2013

 

Kourtni Rapp of White City won the Motivator Award at the annual Kansas Health Information Management Association meeting. This award recognizes excellence in teaching future health information management (HIM) professionals in degree-granting programs, for exemplary contributions to the careers of new HIM professionals through outstanding clinical supervision of students, or for a long record of encouraging students and colleagues to become all they can be and helping them find ways to achieve their best.

 

The award commendation reads as follows: Kourtni is indeed a rare HIM professional.  She is an important asset to the growth of professionals in the HIM field, for both students and colleagues.  She hosted many students over the years.  Kourtni teaches students through experience, something books cannot teach.  She allows participation in daily tasks to gain hands-on experience in the HIM field.  Students learn how each job in the HIM department plays a vital role in the daily function of healthcare and that through teamwork everyone participates in completing the finished product.

 

Kourtni is supportive and encouraging of any employee who studies for a certifying exam, whether they are right out of school or have been coding for years.  She provides ongoing professional guidance to all employees, encouraging them to further their knowledge of the field.  She helped others in their career transitions, from a coder starting her first HIM job to a coder becoming the hospital’s clinical documentation specialist. 

 

Kourtni worked her way up through the ranks and appreciates anyone who wants to try a new area of HIM.  No matter what ambitions staff has, Kourtni is there to aid in their success.  Not only is Kourtni an important asset to her department at Geary Community Hospital, but also to the HIM profession.  She motivates individuals to strive for excellence.  She provides a nurturing environment for all to learn while providing support for HIM professional growth.

 

Rapp is director of Health Information Management at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City. She is a registered health information technologist. She was selected Manager of the Year at Geary Community Hospital in 2004.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Kourtni Rapp





Pictured: (Left to right) Volunteer of the Year Dottie Letellier, GCH Chief Exectutive Officer Joe Stratton, and Distinguished Auxilian Dorothy Luttman

Hospital awards Volunteer of the Year and Distinguished Auxilian awards

April 24, 2013

 

The Volunteer of the Year and Distinguished Auxilian awards were announced at the annual Geary Community Hospital Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, April 23, at the hospital. Sixty-three volunteers were recognized for 10,841 hours of service in 2012.

 

Volunteer of the Year is given to the auxilian who has, during the previous year, done the most to further the advancement of the GCH Auxiliary.  This year’s honor went to Dottie Letellier of Junction City who assumed the responsibility of Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas District 3 Coordinator and has been extremely active in the GCH Auxiliary as well, chairing the compliance committee. Her bright and fun approach to leadership encourages others to join in and serve. Letellier has been a member for four years and volunteered 165 hours in 2012.

 

Dorothy Luttman of Wakefield was named Distinguished Auxilian.  Recipients of this honor are recognized for their longevity in and contributions to the GCH Auxiliary and their willingness to remain active. 

 

Luttman has been a member for 17 years and got her husband Dallas to become an active volunteer six years ago.  Together, they have worked at most of the open houses and never miss their scheduled days on the information desks, even in the worst weather.

 

Luttman is one of those quiet, unassuming volunteers who seem to be everywhere, always smiling and gracious, never tooting her own horn.  She works shifts at all three information desks as well as extra hours at receptions and other activities.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 




Johna Ward is Employee of the Month

February 26, 2013

 

Johna Ward, of Junction City, was selected the March Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. Ward is the administrative assistant for the chief executive officer, chief operations officer and chief financial officer.  She has worked for the hospital for a little less than two years.

 

Ward is efficient, dedicated and loyal.  She is a friend to everyone she meets.  She's an excellent front-office ambassador for the administrative team.

 

She wants to represent her bosses in the best possible light, so is determined to produce perfect minutes, agendas and other written work. She seeks input and editing and is grateful for any assistance. She is quick to offer her own assistance with a smile.

 

Ward received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and a “March Employee of the Month” pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Johna Ward



Kara Riedy is Employee of the Month

February 1, 2013

 

Kara Riedy, of White City, was selected the February Employee of the Month at Geary Community Hospital. Riedy is a coder in the health information management department and has eight years of service to the hospital.

 

Riedy quickly steps in to help with anything that needs to be done.  She is exceptionally friendly and helpful as well as resourceful and imaginative.  Her customer service skills are excellent. She goes above and beyond what is expected at times and deserves to be recognized for her contributions.

 

Riedy received a day off with pay, a reserved parking place for one month and an “Employee of the Month” pin.

 

Cyndy Platt, Director

Public Relations

 

 



Kara Riedy