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2017 NHA Caring Kind Award

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hospital news

LA VISTA — Recently, Sammy Hansen, one of Great Plains Health’s health system house supervisor, was recognized with the Nebraska Hospital Association’s (NHA) most prestigious award, The Caring Kind, given to outstanding health care employees during the 2017 NHA Annual Convention in La Vista.

For 38 years, The Caring Kind award has been given to Nebraska's most caring and compassionate hospital employees. The award honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion for patients, cooperation with coworkers and dedication to excellence in their job responsibilities.

In her nomination, the following quote was used to describe Sammy Hansen. “In any situation, Sammy Hansen’s first consideration is from the perspective of ‘What is best for the patient?’ When coordinating efforts between clients, family, physicians, employees and the community, the end result has always been that the client’s needs were met."

Sammy Hansen has been employed by Great Plains Health for 36 years in various nursing roles. Along the way she has mentored countless nurses and touched the lives of many of her patients.

“Sammy personifies the professional nurse image and strives to set an example for other nurses in the organization. Sammy encourages the employees she mentors to better themselves through further education and training. She strongly believes that nurses should look, dress and act the part of a professional, whether they are at work or out in the community,” according to Mel McNea, CEO of Great Plains Health

“It is such an honor for me to meet The Caring Kind award recipients each year. They demonstrate kindness, caring, dedication and commitment to their hospitals, which is why they were awarded this recognition,” NHA President Laura J. Redoutey, FACHE, said.

More than 2,400 caring, skilled and dedicated health care professionals have received this award since its inception in 1979. This year, 66 employees from hospitals from across Nebraska were honored before more than 500 people in attendance at The Caring Kind Awards Luncheon held at Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center in La Vista.

The event showcases the exemplary work and care hospital employees provide every day throughout the year. Every Nebraska hospital employee plays a critical role in providing high-quality, cost-effective treatment and ensuring the safety of themselves, their co-workers and patients each and every day. These honorees are star performers through their dedication to patients and teamwork, ensuring that care is safe, quality-driven and cost-effective for consumers, as well as for the organizations they represent.

About Great Plains Health

Based in North Platte, Nebraska, Great Plains Health is a fully accredited, 116-bed acute-care regional medical center serving western and central Nebraska, northern Kansas and southern South Dakota. With 90 physicians representing nearly 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced health care, including heart and vascular, cancer and orthopedic surgery services. Great Plains Health is a Level III trauma center, and all of its emergency department physicians are residency trained and board certified in emergency medicine. The system employs approximately 1,093 employees and serves a geographic area spanning approximately 16,000 square miles.

The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is home to an American College of Surgeons-accredited cancer center and Level II bariatric surgery program. For more information, visit

About the Nebraska Hospital Association

The Nebraska Hospital Association is the unified voice for Nebraska’s hospitals and health systems. The association offers collaborative leadership, assisting its members to provide comprehensive care to their communities and improving the health status of those communities. For more information, visit the NHA website at

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