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2018 Recognition & Awards 

Each year at our Annual Meeting, the Kansas Home Care & Hospice Association likes to recognize some of the special people in the home care and hospice industry.  On September 20, 2018, at the Marriott in Wichita, Kansas, KHCHA Executive Director, Jane Kelly, presented our 2018 awards as follows:  

  • Physician of the Year

Becky Rhone, APRN
Wilson Medical Center
, Neodesha, KS

This award honors a physician or nurse practitioner who excels in providing and utilizing home care, and who advocates for home care within the health care system.  

Her nomination reads: Becky Rhone is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner who specializes in wound care.  She travels multiple counties throughout the week to see patients in their homes, nursing homes, and assisted living that cannot travel to the wound clinic, while also seeing patients in the wound clinic twice a week.  She advocates for her patients and has excellent follow-through.  She treats patients in the holistic manner and does not just see the patient as a wound patient.  She is thorough with her wound care and is open to trying new things to enhance the healing of her patient’s wounds." 

"Becky is a vital asset to our home health care team.  Without her support in the home, completing complicated wound care management would be unbearable to our home health agency staff.  She is able to provide a wealth of knowledge, support, and helps to provide resources to the patient and family.  For instance, one particular client's goal was to leave a long term care facility and go back home.  This patient had complicated wound care that her husband would not be to manage by himself.  Becky worked countless hours with this patient and family to get the support in the home so patient would be able to not only reach her goal, but to be successful.  Becky was able to get a hospital bed ordered with specialty air mattress, manage a wound care plan that both her, home health agency, and family/caregivers would be able to follow, worked on diet and nutritional plan to add supplements to help patient reach her nutritional goals.  With Becky's determination and perseverance to help this patient, she did just that and the patient was able to reach her primary objective, and now working on another goal to heal her wound with a surgical flap.

"Again, Becky Rhone, APRN is an outstanding resource in Southeast Kansas.  A true pioneer for home care."

  • Home Care & Hospice Hero 

Larry Mallett
Volunteer Preacher/Volunteer, Horizon Hospice, Chanute, KS

This award is reserved for a friend of home care and hospice – someone not directly employed in the field, someone outside the home care and hospice agency arena and not an active board member. 
His nomination reads:  “Larry Mallett is a Home Care and Hospice Hero because he is a genuine, selfless individual. Larry dedicates his life to the service of others by volunteering for multiple organizations. In Chanute, he is a chaplain for Horizon Hospice and Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center. In addition, he volunteers at Neosho Memorial's Home Health Agency and Cherry Street Youth Center (a local youth center). Larry is also active in the Honor Guard of the American Legion where he serves as their chaplain and can be seen on flag detail at local sporting events. For several years, Larry was also a hospital volunteer greeter and patient escort until recently when his wife requested he “cut-back” a bit.

"Larry devotes his time to God, his family, and the community he loves. In the late hours of the night,
Larry is often called by the staff of Horizon Hospice. He will wake up and immediately go to lend family
support. He is known respectfully for his willingness to drop anything he is doing to aid someone in
need or to respond when a patient's health is declining rapidly.

"Larry is every patient's favorite volunteer. He is recognized by his upbeat attitude and willingness to do anything to help the people he serves. Larry is known to sing hymns to patients during his visits and is excellent at reading and interpreting scripture. He also does Bible studies at the local assisted living facility.

"Larry Mallett is our Home Care and Hospice Hero. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, 'The best way to
find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.' Larry is the person we all strive to be and I am proud to nominate Larry Mallet, Chanute, Kansas for this award."

  • Retirees – 
Any employee or owner of a KHCHA member home health or hospice agency who has retired or will be retiring from the industry in 2018.    

Julie Fuhrmann
Visiting Nurses, Lawrence, KS

  • Years of Service 
Any employee of a home health or hospice agency who in 2018 has reached a 5-year increment of service of 15 years or more (15, 20, 25, 30, etc.) in the home health or hospice industry. 

    20 Years:  
    Laurie Coble, Greenwood County Hospital Home Health, Eureka, KS

    25 Years:
    Lani Rothwell, LPN, Home Health Team Assistant, Douglas County VNA, Lawrence, KS  

    25 Years:
    Debra S Blomquist, RN B.S.N., Administrator, Accessible Home Care, Salina, KS

    35 Years:
    Stan Sweeney, RN, Health Watch Home Health & Hospice, Liberal, KS  

    CONGRATULATIONS to ALL our Honorees!

    Phone: (785) 478-3640 | Email:  khcha@kshomecare.org

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