Employees Out and About
The Kansas Heart Hospital (KHH) encourages volunteerism and many of our employees put forth extra-effort and use their own personal time to “make a difference” in the community. In helping others, giving back and using their talents our employees exemplify the very best in each of us and encourage us to reflect on the less fortunate, the underserved and to value the meaningful contributions made by our employees to our Wichita community.
Nancy Bacon, Lab Manager; Deanna Boso, Cath Lab Manager; Harry Stockwell, RT[+]
AVID is an acronym for “advancement via individual determination.” It was founded in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson who, at the time, was the head of the English department at San Diego’s Clairemont High School. The program fosters college readiness for elementary and high school students and is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. In conjunction with Communities-in-Schools, Kansas Heart Hospital employees visited two local schools this past week.
On Thursday, November 14th, 2013 Deanna Boso, manager of the Cath Lab, Nancy Bacon, manager of the General Lab and Harry Stockwell, a respiratory therapist visited and spoke at West High School’s annual Career Day in Wichita. Three sessions of sophomore students numbering 20-30 students per session listened as they were introduced into various fields of health care from varying perspectives and experiences by Kansas Heart Hospital employees. Career opportunities involving radiology, nursing, cath lab and respiratory therapy were discussed and “hands-on” opportunities were provided students to work with coronary artery stents, catheters and respiratory therapy equipment. Dana Loyd, the West High School Site Coordinator for Communities-in-Schools, mentioned that the students were part of the Medical Strand program at the high school which focuses on students interested in health care as a career. Nancy Bacon stated, “I really enjoyed my experience seeing the students listen and then have an opportunity to interact with hospital technology like stents and respiratory therapy equipment.”
On Friday, November 15th, 2013, Deanna Boso traveled to Brooks-A Center for STEM and the ARTS Magnet Middle School to speak to 7th and 8th graders who are members of the local AVID class. Two (2) separate sessions of sixty (60) students per session attended Deanna’s AVID class. She highlighted the opportunities available in nursing as well as her role as a radiology tech and cath lab manager. “I tried to give the students an overview of possible different areas in healthcare which can be pursued in the hospital environment. I felt that the students demonstrated a keen level of interest and one student approached me after my presentation and inquired about getting a job in ultrasound.” Kansas Heart Hospital is most appreciative of Communities-in-School and Dana Loyd, in particular, for arranging this community-based educational opportunity.
Teresa Wolfe – HR Manager[+]
Kansas Heart Hospital, as part of its mission, has partnered with Communities in Schools in order to assist and educate high school students about opportunities in health care. Recently, Teresa Wolfe, Manager of Human Resources and Web-Informatics, expanded KHH’s role by encouraging KHH employees to collect box tops on behalf of Box Tops for Education and bring them to her at the hospital in order to benefit a local middle school in Wichita.
“At my sons’ school, we are big on Box Top collections…….I wanted to get our employees to be aware of them (Box Top collecting) and not to throw them away. I started a campaign in the spring to collect them here if people didn’t have other places to take them. I found Brooks Technology and Arts Middle School which partnered with Communities in Schools and also collected box tops,” Teresa said.
Her efforts culminated in a visit to the Brooks Magnet Middle School in northeast Wichita on Friday, August 30th, 2013 where she presented over 250 collected box tops to Ms. Joni Hawks, Tutoring and Mentoring Coordinator at Brooks Magnet Middle School. Joni added, “Thank you so much for your consideration and your efforts! Yeah you!”
Box Tops for Education is one of the nation’s largest school fundraising loyalty programs and has been helping predominantly grade schools succeed since 1996. With over 240 participating products, it is an easy way for a school to earn cash for things and items which they need. Over 90,000 K through 8th grade schools participate nationwide and each box top coupon is worth 10 cents. Schools can use their box tops cash to buy whatever they most need…..from books to field trips to playgrounds. Thus far, America’s schools have earned over $525 million from the Box Tops program.
KHH is proud to be able to add to that total and proud of Teresa Wolfe for “making it happen.”
You can view the Box Tops for Education website by clicking here.
Stephanie Costello – Coder[+]
KHH would like to congratulate Stephanie Costello for recently being elected to Secretary of the Kansas Health Information Management Association (KHIMA). KHIMA is committed to the quality of health information for the benefit of patients, providers, and other users of clinical data and is a component state association of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). AHIMA’s 60,000+ members are dedicated to the effective management of personal health information needed to deliver quality healthcare to the public. Founded in 1928 to improve the quality of medical records, AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning. For more information about AHIMA, go to www.ahima.org. You can view KHIMA’s website by going to www.khima.com.
Ellen Schraeder – Surgery RN[+]
Ellen Schraeder, BSN, is a longtime resident of Halstead, Kansas and received her nursing degree from Wichita State University in 1983. Prior to joining the surgical team at KHH in October, 2002, she worked at the now defunct Halstead Hospital in surgery.
Volunteerism has been a central theme of Ellen’s non-working hours. “I have volunteered at the Neighbors store in Halstead for a number of years and previously served on their board for eight years.” Neighbors Store is a faith-based supported 501(c)-3 charitable organization, located in downtown Halstead which provides services, groceries and clothing to people in the USD #440 school district.
In 2002, during the time the former Halstead Hospital was closing, Ellen was approached by a nurse anesthetist (CRNA) who asked if she would like to go to on a medical mission. “It really sounded interesting and rewarding,” She was referred to Medical Ministries International, based in Allen, Texas which actively promotes and supports health mission trips throughout the world.
In January, 2003 she made her first trip to the prior colonial Spanish territory, namely, the Dominican Republic. She worked with a surgical team for two weeks removing diseased gallbladders, fixing hernias, performing hysterectomies, circumcisions and occasionally delivering babies. “We would land at Santo Domingo, the capital, and then travel by bus for three hours or so to a small rural village where we would “set-up shop” at a small twenty-bed hospital. Not having any surgical facilities at the hospital we would bring our surgical “Mash”-type unit which has two operating rooms and then we would operate Monday through Friday.”
Ellen has made travel to the Dominican Republic a yearly pilgrimage to help the less fortunate, missing only one year since 2003, due to a scheduling conflict. When asked what she likes best, she promptly replied, “Love of the people who we help. They are gracious and most thankful.” ……..This year’s trip is scheduled for January, 2013.
To learn more about these mission trips, visit http://mmint.org/. The Neighbors store located in Halstead, Kansas is at 263 Main Street. They can also be reached at (316) 835-2031.
Harry Stockwell – Respiratory Therapist[+]
Harry Stockwell, Respiratory Therapist, has been an employee of Kansas Heart Hospital for greater than nine years. He began his professional career in 1979 in Emporia, Kansas where he became Director of Respiratory Therapy at the local, rural hospital before moving to Wichita. During his tenure, he was invited by a Home Health Care colleague to attend a local Lions Club International meeting and “I have been hooked ever since!”
Lions Club International was founded in 1917 and its home office is in Chicago. The Kansas state office is located in Wichita, Kansas. Harry stated that one of the missions of this service organization is “to help individuals and communities deal with preventive health screening in the areas of sight, diabetes, blood pressure and hearing.” Mobile screening vans set up day-long screening events and inform the participants of abnormal results and encourage them to see their local health care providers. For a number of years the Lions Club has provided such screening services at the annual Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kansas.
“I have participated at every level in the organization, including administrative positions,” said Harry. He has been president of two local Lions Club organizations, a District Chairman, a Zone Chairman, a Council Chairman and a Director for the Kansas State Lions Club Band. He has also participated in the international youth program which coordinates US-based Lions Clubs cultural exchanges with their international partners. From 1988 through 2002 Harry was the Youth Exchange Chairman which involves providing cultural experiences for international youth, ages 15-21, for a period of six weeks in the US.
Harry mentioned, “I have found the exchange program especially rewarding, having started the program with Italy and working with kids from Australia, Japan and Peru and that continues today.” He stated that his Lion Club duties currently account for about three hours per week of his personal time….time, he knows and believes, is making a difference.
You can view the website for the Lions Club – Multiple District 17 by clicking here.
Margaret Short – Nurse Case Manager[+]
Margaret Short is a breast cancer survivor. She is a native of Cedartown, Georgia which is about sixty-miles northwest of Atlanta. She arrived in Wichita in 1977. Margaret is a graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham, School of Nursing and has a master’s degree in human resources. Her professional career has spanned all levels of nursing and nursing administration beginning as a surgical nurse, a medical ICU nurse, a nurse supervisor, a unit manager and a director of nursing. She joined the Kansas Heart Hospital (KHH) team in April, 2011 as a case manager.
In December, 2011 her world suddenly changed. Margaret was diagnosed with breast cancer. “Although I was a new employee at Kansas Heart, my supervisor was supportive and gave me the time to undergo breast cancer surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. He never made me feel worried about my job.” This year things are different since “I have been declared cancer-free!”
On Saturday, September 29th, Margaret, her son, Jeff Snead, and her granddaughter, Morgan Snead joined 9500 other event participants and walked in the one mile “Fun Walk” at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event held at Towne East Square in Wichita. Members of the KHH team included Margaret, Deserae Steckley, Karin Kaiser, Joyce Heismeyer, Jackie Nation, Sandy Mc Clune, Jenice Williams, Candy Parry, Jason Korinek and Jynette Ramos.
When asked what’s next after breast cancer, Margaret replied, “I plan on participating in the Race for the Cure each and every year. You realize that such events show how many other people have gone through the same thing you have. You are not alone.” Margaret further stated that during her cancer treatment her interests were narrowly focused on her immediate treatment but now, “I look forward to retirement someday.” KHH and her fellow employees hope that “someday” doesn’t come for a long time!!!
For more details about the Mid-Kansas Susan G. Komen for the Cure, please click here.
Dan Schneweis – Telemetry RN[+]
Dan Schneweis is a Wichita native and a registered nurse (RN). He has worked on the telemetry unit at Kansas Heart Hospital since 2006. In 2001-2002, he went on two separate church missionary trips to the Honduras where he perfected his conversational Spanish and provided medical care to the native populations. Upon returning to the US, he chose the Guadalupe Clinic in south Wichita as a way to help maintain his proficiency in Spanish and to use his nursing skills to help the under served Hispanic population of Wichita.
“I have volunteered at the Guadalupe Clinic for ten years. Usually, I’ll worked a half-shift from either 8:30 am to noon or from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm. I’m scheduled there once per month,” said Dan. Also he participated in a 2004 church sponsored building trip to Peru.
Since 2005 Dan has developed his life long ambition to learn sky-diving. Initially, as a student and now as a certified instructor he has performed solo, demonstration jumps for the City of Herrington, Kansas and as a group participant at the 4th of July celebration at the Wichita Country Club. He has enjoyed recreational jumping in Switzerland, Long Island, New York and from 21,000 feet in Iowa. “I enjoy jumping because of the jump itself as well as the places I have gone and the people I have met.”
When asked about why he enjoys working at Kansas Heart Hospital, he said, “It’s a very busy place. You work with a good group of people and we work well together.”
You can visit the Guadalupe Clinic website at http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/guadalupe-clinic and to learn more about skydiving in Wichita you can visit the Air Capital Drop Zone website at http://www.aircapitaldropzone.com/.
Angie Urenda – Radiology Tech[+]
Angie Urenda began working at KHH on September 4th, 2001 in the radiology department as a radiology tech. She received her x-ray training at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City in 1971. A native of Moberly, Missouri, Angie and her husband, Dan, have volunteered their personal services to a number of charitable organizations over the years. Most recently, they signed-up for the Meals On Wheels program under the auspices of Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita. Their church rotates with several other churches to provide weekend meals to “shut-ins” who are unable to obtain food for themselves on Saturdays and Sundays. When asked what have been her initial impressions, Angie stated, “Helping with this organization to provide food for others in need really opens your eyes to poverty in the city of Wichita. We’re all called to help those in need…”
Additionally, Dan and Angie volunteer at The Lord’s Diner which is currently serving approximately 500 meals per day in Wichita to those in need.
Lastly, they both volunteer at Filling the Gap Lunches for Children which provides meals to USD #259 children during spring break and Christmas vacation as well as during times when children are not formally in class. This ministry is supported by Partners for Wichita at 8-12 different citywide sites providing needy children wholesome lunches.
For further information, contact Senior Services @ 316-267-0302 or click here Meals on Wheels. Contact The Lord’s Diner @ 316-269-3900, or visit their website at http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/the-lords-diner/the-lords-diner-home. Visit Partners for Wichita on the web by clicking the link or contact them @ 316-263-0810 for additional information on Filling the Gap Lunches for Children.
MAEANNA REGIER – Telemetry RN[+]
Maeanna began her KHH career in September, 2005 as a Telemetry nurse and commutes to the hospital from Burrton, Kansas. Her husband owns and operates Regier Construction Company which he started twenty-five years ago. Approximately five years ago, Maeanna began volunteering as an RN at the Harvey County Homeless Shelter located in Newton, Kansas. The Homeless Shelter was founded by thirty church organizations in the Newton area, is non-denominational and provides evening residency for 26-30 persons as well as warm dinners, morning breakfasts and sandwich lunches. “It is a transitional program which helps individuals obtain work, a GED diploma, regular housing and healthcare including mental healthcare,” said Maeanna.
She also commented that “I find it most rewarding when we have our monthly dinners to honor former residents and you see how the shelter has helped folks get back on their feet.” For further information concerning the Harvey County Homeless Shelter you can visit their website: www.hchs-ks.com.
MARGARET ANDERSON – Payroll Coordinator[+]
Margaret began her KHH employment as a payroll specialist on January 4th, 1999 and prior to her KHH employment she worked in the payroll department at a local hospital’s subsidiary facility. She has been involved in numerous charitable and service organizations including the Junior League of Wichita, Wichita Habitat for Humanity, Wichita Youth Home, and Ballet Wichita as well as being a regular Red Cross blood donor. Her most focused efforts over the past ten years has centered on Big Brothers & Big Sisters which has a local and statewide chapter as well as national roots and focuses on mentoring youth between the ages of 6 through 18 years of age. She has not only been a Big Sister but serves on the Board of Advisors for Sedgwick County, the state Quality Assurance Committee for Kansas Big Brothers & Big Sisters and is Chairman of the Operations Committee.
When asked what has been her biggest surprise in working with at-risk youth over the years, she replied without hesitation, “Mentoring young kids just one hour per week has a tremendous positive effect in reducing substance abuse, truancy and improving graduation rates.” She states the greatest need of Big Brothers & Big Sisters is “the need for more male mentors.”
See more about Big Brother & Big Sisters at www.kansasbigs.org/.
11/27/2012 “Executive Director, Mark Eby presented long-time board member, Margaret Anderson with a thank you gift from the whole staff this afternoon. Today was Margaret’s last board meeting after serving the organization for six years!
Thank you to Margaret for all that you have done for this organization and will continue to do following your tenure! You have been a huge asset to Big Brothers Big Sisters and will be missed!”