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On Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 Dr. Greg Duick and his wife, Peggy, hosted a special “thank-you luncheon” at the Wichita Country Club in honor and recognition of a number of long time employees and associates who worked with Dr. Duick at Cardiovascular Consultants of Kansas, Inc. (“CCK”), his former cardiology practice. Additionally, retired and former employees of the Kansas Heart Hospital (“KHH”) were recognized as well as individuals who worked with Dr. Duick in various capacities in cardiology outreach clinics throughout the state of Kansas and in the area of cardiovascular education.

Attendees included Lynn Jeane, former COO at KHH, Steve Smith, current CFO at KHH, Floyd Dowell, retired PA from CCK, Gary Whiting and Mike Easter, both non-retired PA’s and former employees of CCK, Sandy Mc Clune, retired nurse manager of ICU at KHH, Ben Hedges, retired respiratory manager at KHH and Susan Bradford, retired Chief Nursing Officer and manager of the Telemetry Unit at KHH.

In addition, Cindy Williams, Dr. Duick’s former medical assistant and a current employee at CCK, Deb Ramstack, current business office associate at CCK, Gerard Bieker, current business manager at CCK and JC Mc Donough, retired Director of Cardiac Ultrasound at CCK attended the luncheon. Gerald H. Graham, Ph.D., the R.P. Clinton Distinguished Professor of Management at Wichita State University replied in a text “I wouldn’t miss it!”

Jesse Villanueva, owner and operator of High Plains Ultrasound, a company he and Dr. Duick founded in 1979, travelled from Garden City, Kansas and, cardiovascular nurses, Jan Rausch, retired from Neosho Memorial Hospital in Chanute, and Denise Byrd from Allen County Hospital in Iola both drove to Wichita from southeast Kansas as did Mark Harms a long time physician assistant to Reuben Burkman M.D. and founder of the “The Firescape,” an adult youth ministry in Chanute.

Invitees Joyce Heismeyer, current COO at KHH, Deb Sikes, retired manager of CT and Ultrasound at KHH, Bill May, former CEO of Allen County Hospital, Steve Wilkinson, former CEO of St. Catherine’s Hospital in Garden City and retired CEO of HCA Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City and Barb Ward, cardiovascular nurse educator at CCK were unable to attend because of scheduling conflicts and extended their best wishes and congratulations to all the attendees.

During the luncheon, Dr. Duick emphasized the roles each and every attendee and invitee played in their respective professional positions and how that affected and supported him in his cardiology practice at CCK and, later, as a co-founder and administrator at KHH. “Teamwork and chemistry can develop over time and make a place of employment a good place to work. However, to be a great medical team, one has to have outstanding individuals dedicated and committed to their jobs and their patients. I was lucky to be surrounded by so many such people… many of whom are here today,” said Dr. Duick.