(Sept. 11, 2020) – 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 have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
Vivian Nutsch has spent 30 of her 45 years in health care at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. Through many changes in leadership, Vivian has always exemplified the mission and core values of the hospital and positively impacted the associates, patients and community. Her skills, knowledge, willingness to help others, and dedication to betterment of health care make her a great leader. She mentors associates by giving positive input on their daily practice. Vivian receives calls day and night from all departments within the facility and is always helpful, caring, resourceful and happy to offer her service. She quickly discerns individual needs and moves efficiently to provide key information, recommendations and direction.
During the recent times COVID-19 pandemic, Vivian has been at her best. She led the hospital with steady, strong leadership as a department of one. She kept a positive attitude and was gracious in addressing multiple questions and concerns surrounding all that came up in the hospital setting. She has worked tirelessly to keep patients, staff and community members as safe as possible and up-to-date with the most current information. She worked countless hours making sure appropriate infectious disease policies and processes were put into place. She worked with the hospital's supply team to provide sufficient and appropriate personal protective equipment.
Vivian was recently presented with the DAISY Award for her professionalism, knowledge and dedication to safe patient care. One associate has shared, "Over the last 30 years, I have known Vivian to be a fantastic teammate, always cheerful and exceptional in everything she does. Her quick wit, attention to detail and commitment to establishing higher quality have endeared her to her peers. She is a true champion for patient safety and quality with a tireless commitment to serving our community."
Vivian will be recognized with other Health Care Worker of the Year nominees during the KHA Virtual Convention, Oct. 21-23. The winners also will be recognized at their hospitals.