(July 7, 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.
Elizabeth "Libby" Chanley has served the mission of Newman Regional Health and its community for nearly a decade, meeting the social, emotional and economic needs of its most vulnerable patients and families. Chanley functions as a boundary spanner, facilitating communication among health care providers and community partners that offer critical social support for the management of acute and chronic health conditions.
Chanley has valuable insight and familiarity in delivering effective care that addresses unique individual needs. She tackles the inequitable distribution of resources and access to safe housing, health care and food security to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and the community.
She visits patients in their homes to understand the environmental challenges impacting the management of care. She influences the work of the clinical teams through information sharing on aspects that are not always visible within the four walls of the health care system.
Chanley is a valued member of Newman Regional Health because she is always willing to do the uncomfortable and inconvenient to reduce the suffering of others. She listens and affirms the humanity and dignity of everyone. Clinical professionals desire to team with Chanley, knowing she will shape the memory of how patients and their families will look back on their care.
Chanley will be recognized, along with other Health Care Worker of the Year nominees, during the KHA Awards Luncheon at the 2023 KHA Annual Convention, Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita/Century II Convention Center in Wichita.