Kansas Hospital Association Honors RCH Employee

The Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) nominated June Karlin, Executive Assistant at Rooks County Health Center (RCH) for the Health Care Worker of the Year Award. Karlin, along with the other nominees, will be recognized at the KHA Awards Luncheon, Thursday Sept. 6 in Overland Park.

RCH CEO, Anthony Thomas states, “Compassionate is a word traditionally overused; but in June’s case, it is not encompassing enough. June transitioned the hospital’s credentialing process into a core credentials process that some larger hospitals would envy. She arranges board education and board agendas in a way that challenges the board of trustees, medical staff and senior leadership to work together, all without the parties realizing they are learning to cohere. She provides a vital communication line between hospital leadership and the board of trustees saving unnecessary consultant fees.”

Last year proved a difficult year for the community of Plainville, as well as for RCH staff. Mike Sinclair, the hospital’s former CEO, lost his battle to cancer. During that period of time, Karlin not only joined other senior staff in fulfilling Sinclair’s duties, but she also worked tirelessly to uphold his vision, providing the hospital with continuity, maintaining the hospital’s caring culture, and helping the new CEO transition into the position. Karlin did all of this and maintained her duties as credentialing officer. Throughout it all, she minimized staff concerns by keeping a tally of the employees’ needs, making sure senior leadership attended to those needs.

Fourteen years ago, Karlin was hired as an administrative assistant at RCH with no formal background in health care. Her initiative and dedication led to her current role as a leader providing guidance for all employees in nearly every aspect of hospital business. Self-driven, she coordinates employee engagement activities, such as National Hospital Week, fundraising activities, and employee celebrations, as well as, directing the Employees in Need Committee.

KHA’s Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital, nominating individuals who routinely go above and beyond the call of duty. Karlin joins this ring of honor during the 2018 KHA Annual Convention, Thursday, September 6 at Sheraton Overland Park/Overland Park Convention Center.

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