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, 2017, at the DoubleTree in Lawrence, Kansas, KHCA Executive Director, Jane Kelly, presented our 2017 awards as follows:
Dr. Samuel Dandar
Hospice Medical Director, Saint Luke's Home Care & Hospice, Lansing, 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.
A portion of his nomination reads: “Dr. Dandar has been the Hospice Medical Director for Saint Luke's Hospice for over 10 yrs. During his tenure, he has endured us with great medical care, compassion, empathy, guidance and direction. Dr. Dandar is available 24/7. This included a time when he was out of town. He has also made several home visits at the drop of a hat when needed. He has presented to the community on end of life decisions and the need to make them. He is also on the board of directors for our Leavenworth community indigent health care program. I have listened to him and watched him interact with patients. His compassion is one that makes you walk away knowing that whatever decision was made, difficult or not, it was made with the knowledge needed and a feeling of satisfaction/empathy, that it is the right decision.....
"Words in my heart can not be communicated in my words on paper, to the blessing it is to have Dr. Dandar as a part of our medical community and our hospice team. He is a true testament to the mission of Hospice and Home care and should receive this award."
US Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins
2nd District of Kansas
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.
Now serving her fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Jenkins was elected by her colleagues to serve as the Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference during the 113th and 114th Congressional sessions becoming the 30th woman in history to hold a leadership position in either branch of Congress, and the 14th Republican woman to be in Leadership.
Congresswoman Jenkins currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the chief tax writing committee in the House of Representatives. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, she serves on both the Health Subcommittee and Trade Subcommittee.
Hospice Volunteer, Atchison Hospital Home Health and Hospice, Atchison, 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.
His nomination reads: “Mr. Charles Elias has volunteered for our agency the past two years. His volunteer gifts have included visiting, sitting with Hospice patients to give caregivers, family or a spouse a several hour break, taking down beds so hospital beds can be set up, helping build ramps to enable patients to get in and out of their homes, deliveries of holiday packages and more. His caring time has often extended to our Home Health patients when their was no one else to turn to. There was a time that Chuck and another volunteer were "dubbed" Two Men, a Truck and Bed Set up Service after several requests in a short time. Chuck is best remembered for staying with a nurse who attending a death that went from evening well into the night. It was a very difficult estranged family situation and the nurse was trying to keep angry people separated but also allowing them each time with the deceased. He didn't leave for hours until the nurse did, knowing that she was safe. Afterwards he assisted the wife of this patient plan a wonderful funeral service involving the entire family. He has a calming presence and is able to find ways to divert the patients thoughts from the present stressors of their condition. Chuck has been heard often telling the nurses that they are his hero, he is our "Hero" every time he says yes to one of our many requests. The Hospice and Home Health staff always know their patients are getting the best with him."
Any employee or owner of a KHCA member home health or hospice agency who has retired or will be retiring from the industry in 2017.
Kathleen (Mitzie) Gimblet, Medical Records Clerk
Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS
Any employee of a home health or hospice agency who in 2017 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.
20 Years:Tanya Hudson, RN-BSN, Greenwood County Hospital Home Health, Eureka, KS
Donna Tremblay, Office Manager, Saline County Health Dept/Home Health, Salina, KSCarol Whitehair, RN, Director, Home Health of Dickinson County, Abilene, KS30 Years:
Verna Welch, Home Health Aide, William Newton Home Health, Winfield, KS
CONGRATULATIONS to ALL our Honorees!