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Our Kansas 3RNet member shared with us some "Healthcare Heroes" from their Rural Kansas Photo Contest. Check out some fantastic photos and learn more about these Kansas healthcare providers!! 

Rural Health Education and Services with the University of Kansas Medical Center organizes a Rural Kansas Photo Contest each year. A new category making its debut for 2017 was Healthcare Heroes. We asked photographers from all across Kansas to grab their camera and focus on a healthcare hero in their community. These photos and captions represent a few submissions from our client healthcare organizations that we assist in finding permanent and temporary providers to join their existing teams.



Healthcare Hero: Tammy Bird, MT, Laboratory Director
Artesian Valley Health System, Meade, KS
Photo by Crystal Torres


Tammy Bird selflessly serves and leads throughout our organization and community. She shares her skills and time in many ways including: teaching a phlebotomy program to high school students; teaching the MLT program for an area community college; serving as the county's Safekids Coordinator and Health Coalition Mobilizer; and teaching Lifeskills at our local junior high and grade schools. Tammy takes care of people at work, in the community… and most importantly her husband and seven kids! And, her employees say "Tammy is extremely patient, a great teacher and always available, we couldn't create a better leader!"   ~Steve Stewart, CEO



Debbie Whitmer, APRN
Ellsworth County Medical Center, Ellsworth, KS
Photo and Submission by Diane O’Connor


Nurse Practitioners, like Debbie, are responsible for an increasing share of primary care, dealing with both adults and children.  This photo demonstrates a provider-patient interaction showing trust, confidence, and great rapport. -Diane O’Connor



Lynda Nickel, RN, BSN
Salina Regional Health Center
Photo and Submission by Cooper Nickel


"So it's happening?" Lynda Nickel, RN at Salina Regional Health Center's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit said to her husband, Cooper Nickel, 1st year Family Medicine Resident. "Yeah! come look through this cool welding glass someone gave me!" Both are new to Salina and taking on new roles in the hospital. Here was a brief moment in time devoted to not missing the bigger things in life, lest they be 'eclipsed' by the daily hum of activity in the hospital. -Cooper Nickel



Josh Smith, PA
Hillsboro Community Hospital
Photo and Submission by Amy Smith


We can't go anywhere in the two rural communities Josh Smith has served in without being reminded that he is a wonderful provider. People tell us that he takes time for them, that he covers every detail, that his concern is genuine, and that he really gets to know them. We believe them, because he does the same for us- no matter how long or hard his day has been. But we like to call him Daddy. -Amy Smith



Alisa Schmidt, MD
Hillsboro Community Hospital
Photo and Submission by Amy Smith


Dr. Schmidt's childhood dream came true when she became a physician in Hillsboro, KS—the community where she was raised. Rural medicine is not a popular road among physicians, but people like Dr. Schmidt are heroes to the communities they serve. Thank you, Dr. Schmidt! -Amy Smith

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