FARMING AND KANSAS HEART HOSPITAL….A LEGACY LIVES ON
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Kansas Heart Hospital’s Carol Giger, BSN, attended high school in Cottonwood Falls where she met her future husband, Alan. Alan is a fourth generation farmer on the family homestead in Elmdale which is located about 30 minutes from Emporia. After graduating from the Wichita State University nursing program, Carol went on to work in Emporia at the now defunct St. Mary’s Hospital where she met two co-workers and future Kansas Heart Hospital nurses, namely, Susan Bradford RN, Director of Nursing at Kansas Heart Hospital and Carla Nelson RN, Manager of Surgery at Kansas Heart Hospital. In 1989 Carol went to work at Via Christi St. Joseph and in 2000 she spoke with Susan Bradford RN who encouraged her to apply at Kansas Heart. She did and 14 years later, Carol couldn’t be happier. “I commute 75 miles one way from the family farm near Elmdale which is just outside of Cottonwood Falls. I love the people at Kansas Heart and the patients.”
Carol’s husband, Alan, attended grade school with Susan Bradford in Elmdale and Carol’s daughter-in-law, Leah Giger RN began working at Kansas Heart Hospital in 2001. Carol, as she puts it, “hooked them up,” namely, Leah, and Carol’s son, Ben, who was working the family farm. Ben and Leah were married on August 30th, 2002 and are the proud parents of four boys. Currently, Leah continues to work part-time at the hospital and, like her mother-in-law, makes the 75 mile commute back and forth.
In the January, 2014 edition of Kansas Farmer Alan and Ben discuss their farming operation and plans for the future. For now the Giger families are combining a rural life style with farming in Elmdale and nursing careers in Wichita. It works well for everybody.
You can read the Kansas Farmer article online by clicking here.