Margaret Short – Nurse Case Manager
Posted In: Employees Out & About
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.