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President's Perspective – Congratulations to Deborah Stern

Deborah Frye Stern (June 12, 2020) – You may be aware that Deborah Frye Stern, RN, Esq., has announced she will be retiring on July 3 after 18 years with the Kansas Hospital Association. I wanted to take a few minutes this week to say thank you to Deborah and wish her the best.

Deborah serves as senior vice president of clinical services and general counsel for KHA. In her role as a registered nurse and an attorney, she oversees legal and clinical services, as well as the Corporate Compliance Officer for the Association and its family of corporations. She provides members with information on legal, regulatory, legislative and behavioral health issues. Deborah serves as the liaison to KHA allied organizations representing hospital risk managers, nursing leaders, and health care attorneys. She also serves as the executive director of the Kansas Organization of Nurse Leaders and serves on many internal and external committees, which focus on behavioral health, payment parity, maternal mortality, antimicrobial stewardship, long-term care and newborn screening.

Deborah's background is obviously impressive. Not only does she have both nursing and legal degrees, which is an accomplishment in and of itself, she has a wealth of practical experience in both areas. Prior to coming to KHA, Deborah was an accomplished attorney in private practice who had developed an expertise in human resource law. She has provided our members invaluable assistance in that area of law, as well as many others. During her career in the practice of nursing, she spent considerable time in the behavioral health area, even working for the world-famous Menninger Foundation. Her knowledge in this field also has been invaluable for our members and KHA advocacy efforts.

As Deborah shared the news of her retirement with the KHA board and staff, she noted:

I have been very fortunate to work at KHA and with our members for the past 18 years. As Chaucer once said, "all good things must come to an end." Thank you for your leadership, asking those challenging questions and sharing your concerns and triumphs. It has been my great pleasure to work with you and your staff. I wish you all good health and much success.

We appreciate Deborah's warm words, and I think they also express the feelings of the KHA family. While one good thing is coming to an end, we have no doubt that an equally good thing is beginning. We are thankful for Deborah's leadership, her broad knowledge and her good counsel. Indeed, it has been our pleasure to work with her.

After her retirement, Deborah and her husband Pete are looking forward to travelling to Denver and San Antonio (when COVID-19 calms down) to visit their daughter and son. They also will be welcoming a new lab puppy into their home in July. Please accept our gratitude and our congratulations Deborah!
--Tom Bell