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Director of Nursing Commits Long Term to Hospital and Greater Faith Community

Missy Hampel (Sept. 17, 2021) – 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 are nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.

There is something to be said about a long career with a trusted employer. You become part of the fabric of the work family, learn and retain valuable institutional knowledge, as well as grow into a trusted leader during times of crisis. Missy Hampel has spent all 44 years of her nursing career with Ascension Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc., in Wichita.

As a nursing director, Hampel leads St. Francis' MICU, NCCU, CICU, three medical-surgical units, virtual patient sitters and the vascular infusion team. She is unfailingly calm, professional and committed to meeting her patients' needs, which many colleagues note has served her very well during the pandemic. She took care of numerous logistics during pandemic preparation including moving furniture, obtaining supplies, scheduling and keeping the command center informed of all changes. Despite some tasks being complicated, such as replacing 350 hospital mattresses without interruption of patient care, Hampel did it because she's a servant leader.

Hampel serves as Ascension Via Christi's liaison with dialysis providers DaVita and Fresenius, as well as with Midwest Transplant Network. Her efforts to promote organ and tissue donation led to recognition by MTN for the past five years and being selected as its Excellence Award recipient in 2018. She has served on the hospital's ethics committee since 2013 and is a member of several professional associations including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Kansas Organization of Nurse Leaders. She is closely aligned with Ascension Via Christi through her outside activities including board member of Catholic Charities, involvement with Via Christi Foundation, member of Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Said Hampel upon her nomination, "It is my honor to be a nurse leader at Ascension Via Christi, delivering Catholic health care to the poor and vulnerable."

The Kansas Hospital Association thanks Hampel for committing so wholeheartedly to the care and service Ascension Via Christi provides and congratulates her on her nomination. She will be recognized, along with other Health Care Worker of the Year nominees, during the 2021 KHA Annual Convention on Oct. 27.
--Shelby Stacy