Health Care Worker of the Year Award

Purpose of the Award

The Health Care Worker of the Year Award recognizes and honors the excellence of health care workers statewide. Each Kansas Hospital Association member hospital is encouraged to recognize one employee who has made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital.

The Health Care Worker of the Year Award was established by the Kansas Hospital Association Board in 2013. The award recognizes individuals who routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.


Each hospital is asked to nominate ONE (1) individual. Health systems may make ONE (1) nomination on behalf of each of their hospitals, or select ONE (1) nominee to represent the entire system, but are encouraged to designate the hospitals in which the nominee primarily works.

Eligible individuals must be current employees of a Kansas Hospital Association member hospital. Nominees should demonstrate the following characteristics: leadership, teamwork, dedication and perseverance. The employee should be a role model for other staff and their work should reflect the values and mission of the hospital.

Key Dates

April – Call for nominations
June 4 – Nominations are due
June – Nominations reviewed by the committee
July – Recommendation presented to the Executive Committee for approval.
September – Awardee(s) honored at KHA Annual Convention.

Materials to Be Submitted:

All Nominations Must Be Submitted Electronically

Award Presentation and Recognition

Selected nominees awarded Health Care Worker of the Year will be honored by: Receipt of the Health Care Worker of the Year Award and receive $500 in cash. Since we are unable to meet in September at our annual convention due to COVID-19, Health Care Workers of the Year will be recognized virtually, at their hospitals, on the KHA website and in media announcements.

2021 Health Care Worker of the Year Nominees

Click on the picture or name and city of each of the
nominees to learn more about them.


   Kim Dixon   Cecilia Goebel   Missy Hampel
Kristy Bunker
     Kim Dixon
Kansas City
     Cecilia Goebel
El Dorado
     Missy Hampel
Judy Herder   Heather Hyler   Karen Hynek    Donata Long
Judy Herder
 Heather Hyler
 Karen Hynek
 Donata Long
La Crosse
  Kathryn McMillen   Jo Neill   Kevin Oehme   Tara Overmiller2
Kathryn McMillen
 Joe Neill
 Kevin Oehme
 Tara Overmiller
Cynthia Reimer    Julie Thomas  Amy Turner   Jennifer Watts MD
Cynthia Reimer
 Julie Thomas
 Amy Turner
 Jennifer Watts
Kansas City

Past Health Care Worker of the Year Winners