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The Right Person for a Critical Time

(Sept. 10, 2021) – 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 are nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.

Kristy Bunker has always been a go-getter. As the infection preventionist at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute, she mobilized clinics and implemented rigorous infection prevention strategies with grace and fortitude.

Kristy is known throughout the state as one of the foremost infection preventionists in rural Kansas. Pre-pandemic, she frequently gives webinars on best practices. During the last several months, Kristy coordinated several mass vaccination clinics quickly and efficiently, including one in less than a week that served more than 1,100 individuals. She also coordinated drive-thru testing and established internal infection prevention strategies, including the use of a disinfection robot (UV light). Kristy helped educate staff and has motivated providers in the area of infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship.

Kristy's knowledge and tireless efforts have earned the respect of her co-workers, volunteers, pharmacies and health department. NMRMC is very lucky to have her on their team. She is a wonderful example of how infection prevention training is deployed in times of crisis.

Thank you, Kristy, for your service and dedication to NMRMC and your community. The Kansas Hospital Association congratulates you on your nomination. Kristy will be recognized, along with other Health Care Worker of the Year nominees, during the KHA Live Convention on Oct. 27.
--Shelby Stacy