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Alison Hodge – Managing Care for the Most Vulnerable Population

Alison Hodge (July 24, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.

Alison Hodge's colleagues say that what makes her a great leader and role model is her authenticity. She has spent her entire 15-year health care career with Ascension Via Christi Hospitals and is currently the manager of a physician practice. She leads a team of 26, who staff its Transitional Care, Heart Failure and COPD clinics, along with the Community Cares and Cardio Pulmonary Rehab programs. It is a role that Alison has held since November 2018. Collectively, the clinics and programs care for 800 patients at any given time. These patients, all living with chronic disease, are among the most vulnerable patients seen at St. Teresa and Ascension Via Christi's other hospitals and clinics. They also are the most at risk for having their needs go unmet.

Alison's compassion, empathy and respect for this vulnerable patient population and those who provide their care is demonstrated by her soft-spoken manner, coupled with her determination to identify gaps in services and to respond with a solution. Her backbone, firmness, loyalty to others and ability to listen, make her a good leader. It was under her leadership that services were expanded to include a heart failure and transitional care clinic at St. Teresa, and a COPD clinic at St. Francis and St. Teresa. At St. Teresa, the goal for the Wednesday COPD clinic was 16 visits per month. That goal is being met and exceeded.

Below are some of the ways in which Alison finds new and innovative ways to serve those who lack access.

  • Serving as an Ascension Via Christi representative at Home and Cafe con Leche, a grassroots initiative geared toward native Spanish speakers, as well as for the annual Medical Mission at Home;
  • Leadership in Ascension Via Christi's COPD Task Force; and
  • Participating in the Transferable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences Committee of the Sedgwick County Medical Society.

Alison does all this while raising two children, as she and her husband prepare for a third.

Alison will be recognized with other Health Care Worker of the Year nominees during the KHA Virtual Convention, Oct. 21-23. The winners also will be recognized at their hospitals.
--Jan Fenwick