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Pharmacy Manager Improves Patient Care, Advocates for Better Policies

KHA’s Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made significant contributions for the betterment of their organization.  Individuals nominated for this award routinely go above and beyond the call of duty and Hali Brown, pharmacy manager at Community Healthcare System in Onaga, is no exception.

A natural leader, Brown has helped improve quality care programs for CHCS and assisted KHA with advocacy and education.  With her leadership, CHCS developed viral gift packs for patients during cold and flu season.  These packs not only offered over-the-counter viral and respiratory infection medications, but also provided patient education.  The project has proven successful in not only the hospital, but also CHCS’s seven rural health clinics.

Brown also helped implement TNKase for stroke care which required order-set changes, staff education and coordination of safe administration practices.  She presented the stroke care initiative changes to medical staff, gained approval and established clear timelines for project execution.  In March 2023, CHCS began using the new stroke care protocols.

Brown is also a reliable advocate for health care policies.  She has testified before the Kansas Legislature on the importance of the 340B drug program, its significance in providing affordable medications and the impact those savings have for hospital ancillary programs.   Brown, a strong believer in continued education, also joined KHA’s statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Boot Camp, promoting increased efforts and education regarding this important topic.

Brown will be recognized along with the other Health Care Worker of the Year nominees during the Awards Luncheon at the 2023 KHA Annual Convention, Thursday, September 7, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita/ Century II Convention Center.


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