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Retirees and Years of Service Honorees


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.  Retirees recognize any employee or owner of a KHCHA member home health or hospice agency who had retired or would be retiring from the industry in that corresponding year.  Years of Service recognized any employee of a home health or hospice agency who reached a 5-year increment of service of 15 years or more (15, 20, 25, 30, etc.) in the home health or hospice industry in that year.

2022 Honoree

  • Years of Service 

15 Years: 


Jane Kelly, Executive Director

Kansas Home Care & Hospice Association, Topeka, KS 

2019 Honorees

  • Retirees  

Patricia Remmers

Nemaha County HH & Hospice, Sabetha, KS

  • Years of Service 

30 Years: 

Shirley Hitt, LMSW, Douglas County VNA, Lawrence, KS

 

  • 50th Anniversary

Douglas County Visiting Nurses

In 1968, Marilyn (Lyn) Rothwell, RN, launched a vision to provide care to people in their homes. With the support of Dr. Ralph Reed, Fred Six, and innumerable others, her dream was realized after raising the necessary $5,000 matching funds to obtain a $20,000 Federal grant! Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association officially opened in February, 1969, with a small staff based at 342 Missouri In its first year, Visiting Nurses provided more than 2,600 visits to 89 patients. 

In 1979, a steering committee was organized to develop a hospice agency in Douglas County.  Based on that committee’s recommendation to the Visiting Nurses Board of Directors, a hospice program launched in August, 1981. In May, 2009, the agency added a private duty “Help at Home” program to complete a continuum of home care. 

Through multiple payment models, five office location changes, and eight executives, Visiting Nurses continues to be a respected partner in the Lawrence/Douglas County healthcare community. Over the course of its 50-year history, across all programs, they have cared for more than 38,000 patients, providing nearly 1.6 million visits.

Last but not least, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association is a charter member of this association.



2018 Honorees

  • Retirees – 

Julie Fuhrmann
Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS




  • Years of Service – 



20 Years:  

Laurie Coble

Greenwood County Hospital Home Health, Eureka, KS


25 Years:

Lani Rothwell, LPN

Home Health Team Assistant, Douglas County VNA, Lawrence, KS 

25 Years:

Debra S Blomquist, RN BSN

Administrator, Accessible Home Care, Salina, KS

35 Years:

Stan Sweeney, RN, 

Health Watch Home Health & Hospice, Liberal, KS  



    2017 Honorees

    • Retirees – 





    Kathleen (Mitzie) Gimblet, Medical Records Clerk
    Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS


    • Years of Service – 

    20 Years:  

    • Tanya Hudson, RN-BSN, Greenwood County Hospital Home Health, Eureka, KS

    25 Years:

    • Donna Tremblay, Office Manager, Saline County Health Dept/Home Health, Salina, KS
    • Carol Whitehair, RN, Director, Home Health of Dickinson County, Abilene, KS

    30 Years:

    • Verna Welch, Home Health Aide, William Newton Home Health, Winfield, KS  


    2016 Honorees

    • Retirees – 





    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


    • Years of Service – 
    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


    2015 Honorees

    • Retirees – 

    Dawn Cope, Certified Home Health Aide, Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS




    • Years of Service – 
                    

    Pictured:  Carolyn Milleret and Jan Cruz

    20 Years:  

    • Jan Cruz, Clinical Manager, Phoenix Home Care, Wichita, KS
    • Pat Deaver, Help at Home Manager, Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS
    • Carolyn Milleret, Certified Home Health Aide, Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS

    30 Years:

    • Jill Guenther, Clinical Manager, Saint Luke's Home Care & Hospice, Lansing, KS

    45 Years:

    • Janice White, Human Resource Manager, Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS


    2014 Honorees

    • Retirees – 

    Mary Ann Conyers, Patient Care Manager, RN
    Marion County Home Care Services, Marion, KS





    • Years of Service – 

                    

    Pictured:  (from left)  Wahle, Carlton and Remmers;  (at right)  Schooley

    20 Years:  

    • Robert Carlton, CEO, Central Homecare, Inc., Newton, KS
    • Pat Chikezie, Certified Home Health Aide, Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS
    • Kim Haig, Physical Therapist, Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS 

    25 Years:

    • Shirley Hitt, LMSW, Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS
    • Tracy McCoy, Home Health Director, Greenwood County Hospital Home Health, Eureka, KS
    • Mary Ryan, Director of Nursing, Nemaha County Home Health & Hospice, Sabetha, KS
    • Roxann Schooley, Account Executive, Clock Medical Supply, Winfield, KS

    30 Years:

    • Dawn Cope, Certified Home Health Aide, Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS
    • Terri Wahle, Director of Homecare Services, Home Health & Hospice @ Geary Community Hospital, Junction City, KS

    35 Years:

    • Patricia Remmers, Director, Nemaha County Home Health & Hospice, Sabetha, KS



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