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Jaime Baker: Adapting to a New Environment in an Extraordinary Time

Jaime Baker (June 26, 2020) – The Kansas Hospital Association'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.

Jaime Baker is relatively new to the world of health care. She worked in one of the largest hospitals in Kansas for three years and has been at Phillips County Health Systems in Phillipsburg for the past two years. She quickly adapted to the differences between urban and rural hospital patient care. She always has a positive attitude and is an excellent role model both inside and outside the hospital's walls. She uses her passion and positive work ethic to learn as much as possible about health care.

After only being in her current role of infection prevention for a few months, Jaime was thrust into guiding Phillips County Health Systems through the Coronavirus pandemic. Her efforts in creating a collaborative, community approach were essential for staff readiness and instilled confidence in others regarding the collective ability to overcome the fear and uncertainty. She was instrumental in initiating some of the first community meetings in the Northwest part of the state. She was continually communicating with administration and the medical chief of staff to develop a 'fact-based and measured' approach for an overall plan. She coordinated setting up the alternative site and participated in the actual testing.

Jaime exhibits excellent leadership skills, continually goes above and beyond by always being available, and is a 'source of truth' through uncharted territory for both the hospital and community. She has done an excellent job of coordinating meetings, keeping the hospital staff and the community educated, answering questions and providing monthly updates to the hospital board. Jaime exemplifies what it is to work in a small, rural hospital while inspiring others with her passion, knowledge and caring attitude toward our staff and our patients.

Jaime 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