(Sept. 4, 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.
Dr. Angela Myers' dream to become a doctor began when she was a child and diagnosed with bone cancer. When Dr. Myer's cancer returned in both high school and college, she worked even harder to do well and was driven to reach her goals. If asked, Dr. Myers will tell you that growing up, she knew two things: she loved science, and she loved taking care of kids. She initially thought she wanted to work with pediatric cancer patients. Along the way, her goal shifted to pediatric infectious diseases, where she could work with patients throughout the hospital. Being on the other side of illness, Dr. Myers understands the pain and suffering kids go through when they're sick. She's able to pass along advice from her experience. She also is able to empathize with what parents are going through. Myers often tells people what makes all the hard work worth it is seeing kids get better. She loves being a part of something great.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Myers focused her fight and determination as an integral part of the task force prepared to ensure the safety of Children's Mercy's patients, visitors and staff. Dr. Myers participated in physician town-hall meetings, providing the latest information to community providers across Kansas and beyond. She also led two internal medical staff town-hall meetings. Her infectious diseases expertise has been invaluable. In addition to her unending leadership during this unprecedented time, she has continued to see patients and to share her knowledge through numerous educational videos and media interviews.
If the role of physician and director, division of infectious diseases isn't enough responsibility, Dr. Myers also is the associate director of the infectious diseases fellowship program at Children's Mercy; an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine; and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dieter F. Uchtdorf once said, "It's your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself, that determines how your life's story will develop." That's a mindset Dr. Myers carries to this day, often telling people that our lives are about continuous improvement and becoming what you want to be.
Dr. Myers 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.