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Mindi Bremer – Keeping Her Community Safe and Co-Workers Prepared in the Face of a Pandemic

Mindi Bremer (July 3, 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.

Mindi Bremer has been a nurse for Wichita County Health Center in Leoti for 19 years. Becoming emergency preparedness coordinator in 2006, she also is the readiness response co-coordinator of the South West Healthcare Coalition. She describes herself as an emergency geek and wears this title proudly. Mindi strives to be the absolute best at what she does. She creates evacuation plans and trains hospital staff for emergencies such as fire, chemical spills, active shooter events, tornadoes, as well as their ability to work efficiently in powered air-purifying respirator suits. She gives her time, heart and energy to keeping her region safe.

Being incident command for a pandemic that's taking months to resolve takes compassion and respect. Finding personal protective equipment for staff and ventilators for patients; educating staff on federal, state, county and local guidance; consulting with the County Commission; supporting local public health and first responders; and creating a safe environment for patients, visitors and the community to stop the spread of COVID-19 has been unprecedented in difficulty. Mindi has shown great leadership and endurance during this trying time. Mindi has endured sleepless nights from the stress of making the right decisions. She has listened, debated, endured and cared for WCHC's patients, visitors and staff. When other facilities in her region were struggling with positive COVID-19 cases, she listened to those who needed guidance and direction. She is there for those difficult discussions and to address those who do not agree with the decisions being made.

Mindi has spent years training to respond in emergency situations such as COVID-19. She gives her time selflessly and shares her talent, education, drive, resources and heart to do what she loves best … keeping her community prepared and safe in the most difficult times.

Mindi 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