Civil service

Phillips completes training

Austin Phillips was named as a graduate of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and will now join the Newton Police Department as a patrol officer.

Sixty-four new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center earlier this month. 

The new officers were members of the 246th basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Professional and Continuing Education.

The graduates, who began their training May 22, represented 41 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas.

Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, the state’s law enforcement licensing authority. The training course fulfills the state requirement for law enforcement training. Classroom lectures and hands-on applications help train officers to solve the increasingly complex problems they face in the line of duty.



Claassen completes leadership training

Liz Claassen, RN, Newton Medical Center, was one of 32 students to graduate from the Kansas Hospital Association Leadership Institute on Sept. 7 at the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show in Wichita.

Students were nominated by their hospital's CEO to be part of this select group. They represent the future leaders of Kansas hospitals.

The 2017 Leadership Institute class represented a wide geographic distribution of hospitals from Norton to Leavenworth and Parsons to Liberal – there was representation from all parts of the state. Students had been working in health care for as little as one year to more than 20 years. Several students have been in management positions for more than 10 years while others were brand new to management positions. Some students also are supervisors, supervising a range of employees, from a few to more than 50 employees.  


Students nominated to participate in this program were not selected because they needed to learn "management skills." They were nominated because their CEO recognized their potential to be future leaders and wanted to help cultivate that development. 

Class members included: Timothy Barker, Wesley Healthcare, Wichita; Carrie Biermann, RN, Wichita County Health Center, Leoti; Cheri Comstock, RN, Fredonia Regional Hospital, Fredonia; Karla Crissman, Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington; Tara Dahlstrom, Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County, Hutchinson; Kelley Drake, ASN, Salina Regional Health Center, Salina; Erica Forbes, BSN, Memorial Health System, Abilene; Brie Greeson, RN, Southwest Medical Center, Liberal; Drew Hamel, Russell Regional Hospital, Russell; Amanda Hebb, RN, Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital, Wichita; ReChelle Horinek, Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney; Ryan Jackson, RN, BSN, ADN, MHL, Wamego Health Center, Wamego; Megan Kear, Atchison Hospital, Atchison; Cherie Knott, Meade District Hospital/Artesian Valley Health System, Meade; Stephanie LaRue, Labette Health, Parsons; Misty Long, RN, Salina Surgical Hospital, Salina; Megan Mawhirter, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned; Bret McClure, RN, Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital, Leavenworth; Kasey Nichols, MD, Valley Hope Association, Norton; Traci Noll, F.W. Huston Medical Center, Winchester; Tammy Oxford, Bob Wilson Memorial Grant County Hospital, Ulysses; Jennifer Ploeger, Hiawatha Community Hospital, Hiawatha; Elizabeth Rupp, HaysMed, Hays; Steven Seems, Phillips County Health Systems, Phillipsburg; Tammy Snelling, St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, Marion; Michael C. Stallbaumer, Nemaha Valley Community Hospital, Seneca; Angie Taylor, Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons; Stacy Trester, RN, Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, Chanute; Echo Vaden, RN, William Newton Hospital, Winfield; Elizabeth Yunghans, RN, Via Christi Hospital, Manhattan; and Drew Zerr, Greeley County Health Services, Tribune.