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2016 Recognition & Awards 

Each year at our Annual Meeting, the Kansas Home Care Association likes to recognize some of the special people in the home care and hospice industry.  On September 21, 2016, at the Marriott Hotel in Wichita, Kansas, KHCA Exeutive Director, Jane Kelly, presented our 2016 awards as follows:  

  • Physician of the Year

Dr. Brad Appl
Medical Director
, Aquinas Home Health, Shawnee, KS

Pictured right with Ed Schulte, KHCA President
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.  
A portion of his nomination reads: “Dr. Brad Appl is the medical director and part owner of Aquinas Home Health. He grew up on a farm in Leoti Kansas. He is the glue which keeps AHH being one of the only five-star agencies in the Kansas City metro area.

"Dr. Appl has been instrumental in the strategic planning of AHH's disease specific programs. He can be found at AHH weekly where he reviews all clinical management reports regarding staffing, re-hospitalizations, complaints, supply utilization, program evaluation, and overall operations for the agency....

"Dr. Appl is an inspiring leader, a dedicated father, and a beloved board certified family physician of 7200 patients. His love for people and his desire to heal are evident in everything that he does and his unassuming nature is refreshing! I would really appreciate you considering honoring his dedication to others by naming him physician of the year."

  • Legislator of the Year

Representative Jim Ward
Kansas House of Representatives, 86th District

Pictured right with Ed Schulte, KHCA President
This award honors an individual who serves in the KS state legislature or represents KS in the US Congress and who has demonstrated consistent leadership on legislative initiatives that advance and support the home health care industry and who has demonstrated active involvement with constituent agencies.  

Rep Jim Ward, a democrat from the 86th District in Wichita, is the ranking minority leader in the House Health & Human Services Committee & serves as the assistant minority leader.  He serves on the Joint Bob Bethell HCBS & KanCare Oversight Committee, the Joint Committee on Rules & Regulations, the Joint Committee on Corrections & Juvenile Justice Oversight, the House Pensions & Benefits Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. He was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2003 and has been a vocal supporter of Medicaid Providers –often questioning the practices of the MCO’s and the state departments who oversee KanCare during the oversight hearings.  

Rep. Ward also served in the Kansas Senate from 1991 to 1993.  He received his Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law. He currently practices law in Wichita.

  • Home Care & Hospice Hero 

Virginia L. Downing
Harper County Advisory Board Member, Harper County Health Department/Harper County Home Health Agency, Anthony, KS

Pictured right with Ed Schulte, KHCA President

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. 
Her nomination reads: “Virginia Downing has dedicated over 40 years to the improvement of home health and public health services in the State of Kansas. Over the years, Virginia has worked as a professional nurse in the following environments: hospital, Home Health/Public Health Administrator, State Surveyor for KDHE, and following “retirement” opened an independent consulting firm for home health agencies, nursing facilities and assisted living facilities.

"Virginia serves as a strong advocate and leader for home health and public health services at the local, regional and state levels. When she attends the advisory board meetings she is a friendly sounding board for all aspects of home health and public health services and often provides common sense and professional input on problem resolution and improvement processes. Virginia has been a wonderful resource and mentor to many in the home health and public health fields, but she does this in such a positive, unassuming and friendly manner, I am not sure people recognize the impact she makes as she moves from one project to the next with an abundance of positive energy and humor.

"She continues to be curious and enthusiastic about human nature, health care services and trends, and continues to seek ideas and information on how to improve the quality of health care for consumers. Virginia also is willing to share her knowledge, ideas and experiences to assist other health care providers, in finding solutions to improve the health of communities in Kansas. I nominate Virginia Downing as the 2016 Home Care and Hospice Hero Honoree."

Any employee or owner of a KHCA member home health or hospice agency who has retired or will be retiring from the industry in 2016.   

Valerie Engstrom, Home Health Aide
NMRMC Home Health & Horizon Hospice, Chanute, KS

Mary Hane, Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS

Janet Herzet, Director
Marion County Home Care, Marion, KS

Any employee of a home health or hospice agency who in 2016 has reached a 5-year increment of service of 15 years or more (15, 20, 25, 30, etc.) in the home health or hospice industry. 
    15 Years:
    Ina "Judy" Carroll, Certified Home Health Aide, Marion County Home Care, Marion, KS

    20 Years:  
    Ginger Hayes, RN, Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS

    25 Years:
    Debbie Ahlert-Caffey, Director of Clinical Services, Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS

    CONGRATULATIONS to ALL our Honorees!

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