(June 30, 2023) – 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 are nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
Hali Brown, pharmacy manager at Community HealthCare System, Inc., in Onaga, is a natural leader. She has helped improve quality care programs for CHCS and assisted KHA with advocacy and education. With her leadership, CHCS developed viral gift packs for patients during cold and flu season. These packs not only offered over-the-counter viral and respiratory infection medications but also provided patient education. The project has benefitted the hospital and CHCS's seven rural health clinics.
Brown also helped implement TNKase for stroke care. The program requires order-set changes, staff education and coordination of safe administration practices. She presented the stroke care initiative changes to medical staff, gained approval and established clear timelines for project execution. In March 2023, CHCS began using the new stroke care protocols.
Brown is a reliable advocate for health care policies. She has testified before the Kansas Legislature on the importance of the 340B Drug Pricing Program, as well as the significance of providing affordable medications and the impact those savings have for hospital ancillary programs. Brown is a strong believer in continuing education and joined KHA's statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Boot Camp.
Brown will be recognized along with the other Health Care Worker of the Year nominees during the Awards Luncheon at the 2023 KHA Annual Convention, Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita/Century II Convention Center.