Each year at our Annual Conference, the Kansas Home Care & Hospice Association likes to recognize some of the special people in the home care and hospice industry. During September 2021, just before the start of our virtual conference, the 2021 awards were presented as follows:
Douglas County VNA, Lawrence, KS
This award is reserved for a friend of home care and hospice – someone not directly employed in the field, someone outside the home care and hospice agency arena and not an active board member.
Douglas County VNA created this beautiful video in honor of Ms. O'Rourke and her receipt of this award.
Dr. Kevin Sundbye
Caregivers Home Health, Topeka, KS
This award honors a physician or nurse practitioner who excels in providing and utilizing home care, and who advocates for home care within the health care system.
His nomination reads: "Dr Kevin Sundbye has been our Medical Director for 11 years. During that time, he has played a significant role in the recognition, promotion, and utilization of Home Health services in our community. As a Stormont Vail Post-Acute Physician/“SNFist”, he provides physician services to multiple SNF/AL sites, consistently advocating for home health services as an valued resource in the post-acute care continuum.
"Specific to our agency, Dr Sundbye acts a peer liaison with physicians for issues/questions with homecare patients. He identifies resources, connects us to people/programs to address patient needs, and advocates for patients who might benefit from home health. When no physician was available, he has provided home visits to assess, initiate, or continue services. He meets with us regularly to review current programs and provide insight into current and future priorities. He has helped establish a “chair at the table” for home health services in the hospital/SNF community; a positive voice in keeping home health in the discussion.
"In summary, Dr Sundbye has been our guide, advisor, medical resource, advocate, and friend we could count on to act in the best interest of patients at all levels of post-acute care. We would like to recognize him for his selfless dedication to patients and the community and thank him for his positive impact on home health agencies and the people we serve. He is a physician we would want to have working with our family member and we are certain he would refer for home health services when needed!"
Congratulations to our 2021 Honorees!