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Charity Clark – a Leader in the Workplace, Community and the Advancement of Her Profession

CharityClark (July 12, 2019) – In preparation for our annual awards luncheon, the Kansas Hospital Association is highlighting hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for the Health Care Worker of the Year Award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.

Charity Clark joined Ascension Via Christi in 2001. Currently in her position as director of Case Management/Transitional Care, she is responsible for leading new models of care and readmission reduction programs, as well as overseeing the work of approximately 50 direct reports. She directs a growing number of multidisciplinary projects, all directed toward improving patient outcomes including quality of life, mortality, readmission rates and patient satisfaction. She is a leader in the workplace, in the advancement of her profession and in the community. She is kind, generous with her time and resources, and always looks for ways to better serve patients and families, particularly those most vulnerable.

Charity's education, training and leadership skills, and her big heart, have made her ideally suited to help lead patient care innovations designed to remove barriers to care. She leads numerous programs that have helped thousands of patients access the resources they need to comply with treatment and improve their quality of life, reducing avoidable ER visits and hospital re-admissions. One of the programs she leads has been recognized as an Ascension best practice and by national surveyors. Charity's desire to always do more led to her becoming the 2017 Clinical Team Lead, as well as the 2018 and 2019 Leader for Ascension Via Christi's Medical Mission at Home Free Day of Healthcare, giving hundreds of patients access to care.

Charity's leadership and willingness to go above and beyond has led to many recognitions for her personally and for the innovative programs for which she is responsible. To name just a few in the long list, she was awarded the 2012 Kansas Respiratory Therapist of the Year; 2016 Wichita Business Journal Healthcare Hero for Outreach; 2017 Medical Mission at Home Team; 2018 Community Paramedic program; and last year, received the AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence from Kansas. She is tireless in her devotion to patients and families, particularly those who are the most at risk of having their needs go unmet. She is an inspiration to all that serve with her and are served by her.

Charity will be recognized, along with other Health Care Worker of the Year nominees, at the KHA Awards Luncheon – 2019 KHA Annual Convention, Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita/Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center in Wichita.
--Jan Fenwick