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Nurse Executive Takes Point on Several Pandemic Initiatives

Kim Dixon (Sept. 24, 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.

It takes someone with remarkable organizational skills to coordinate the critical activities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, especially when the hospital serves thousands of Kansas City residents. Kim Dixon is the assistant chief nursing officer for ambulatory care at The University of Kansas Health System and a nominee for Health Care Worker of the Year. Dixon has been a key leader for many activities related to pandemic diagnosis and care. She created a COVID-19 screening process; deployed clinic resources for testing; started an information hotline for patients, physicians and staff; built a contact tracing team; established a monoclonal antibodies screening and treatment team; and developed mass vaccination clinics for the staff and community.

Dixon built systems optimizing the skills, talent and abilities of TUKHS team while demonstrating respect for patients, families, visitors and teammates. She reached out to every possible resource to design the best possible solutions. Her goals included decreasing the burden to patients and families frightened by the pandemic, creating steps to add value and safety to front-line teams, and regularly adapting processes as guidelines from regulatory agencies changed.

Prior to the pandemic, Dixon's leadership was on display in several key initiatives. She was the point person for the creation of the interdisciplinary Spine Center. This center brought several specialties together enabling patients to be seen by several disciplines under one clinic. She also played a critical role in advancing the role of nursing in outpatient clinics. Using the Magnet model, she standardized work processes across clinics; established educational offerings and career paths for nurses working in the clinic setting; streamlined and optimized workflows; and built recognition models for those at the frontline of care in clinics. Dixon is an outstanding leader at TUKHC and has proven herself up to the challenge during this time of crisis.

The Kansas Hospital Association thanks Dixon for her service to TUKHS and her community 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