President's Perspective – Nancy Zimmerman, RN, to Receive the Charles S. Billings Award
(Aug. 16, 2019) – It is indeed a pleasure to announce that Nancy Zimmerman, RN, Administrator of Comanche County Hospital, is the recipient of 2019 Charles S. Billings Award.
The Charles S. Billings Award was created in 1971 to recognize distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the field of health care in Kansas. We reserve this award for those who have truly shown their commitment, leadership and dedication to that noble pursuit. Nancy, the 41st recipient of this award, has certainly demonstrated these qualities during her devoted health care career of 50 years.
Nancy has served Comanche County Hospital for 44 years as a staff nurse, director of nursing and in 1990, she took on the position of administrator. Nancy's passion for excellence, commitment to community and dedication to rural health care is demonstrated by the excellent patient satisfaction scores received from patients (Rural Health Association Top 20 for Patient Satisfaction, 2017) and accolades from staff (Received Administrator of the Year Award 2014-2015 from the Kansas Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals).
Nancy has contributed much of her time, expertise and energies to many important community and state organizations. She serves on the Comanche County Medical Foundation, Advisor to the WEPAC Board, the Executive Council of the South Central Kansas Trauma Council, as well as serving as a Hospital Auxiliary member. She was appointed by the Governor to the State Advisory Council for Trauma. For many years, Nancy formally taught others. She taught First Aid and CPR classes for the American Red Cross for five years and taught Nurse Aide and Medication Aide Courses for Pratt Community College for 34 years.
Throughout her career, Nancy Zimmerman has, quite simply, been a treasure to the Kansas Hospital Association. She has always been there when the association asked, including service on numerous KHA committees such as Education, Hospital Leadership and Governance, Convention and KHA-PAC. Most importantly, though, Nancy has been a consistent source of thoughtful and common-sense guidance.
Consider this—Nancy's entire professional career has been devoted to the betterment of healthcare in Comanche County, beginning as soon as she graduated from the Wesley School of Nursing in 1969. That is remarkable, especially in this day and age, when job and career change is so commonplace. Her presence has been so important that many on her team believe their small but mighty hospital would not be there if it weren't for Nancy’s leadership style and thoughtful decision-making process.
Congratulations to Nancy. We look forward to officially bestowing this prestigious honor to her during the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show in Wichita. I invite you all to attend the KHA Awards Luncheon at noon on Sept. 5, when Nancy will receive the Billings Award and other health care leaders will be recognized.