Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center | Best Health | Spring 2022

BEST HEALTH is published as a community service for the friends and patrons of NEOSHO MEMORIAL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, 629 S. Plummer, Chanute, KS 66720, telephone 620-431-4000, Dennis E. Franks CEO Patricia Morris Communications Officer Wannetta Wiltse Volunteer Coordinator Information in BEST HEALTH comes from a wide range of medical experts. It should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your health care provider. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. 2022 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Celebrating an exceptional and caring staff At Neosho Memorial, it is because of our talented and compassionate providers and staff that we are able to bring you and your loved ones the exceptional care and service you deserve. This Best Health issue features some of these dedicated staff members, who treat our patients—and each other—like family. One story highlights Kyle Shultz, RN, BSN. A new career path led Shultz to joining our emergency department. He has devoted his efforts to the good of the community, first as a public servant and now as a well-trained and passionate ER nurse. I encourage you to learn more about Shultz’s journey to the medical profession in a column written in his own words. Next, we feature a top-notch mother and daughter team of nurses, Jill Costin and Lexy Costin Harvey, who both work at our hospital. Costin Harvey was born at Neosho Memorial, and her mom inspired her to become a nurse. We are thrilled they both choose to be part of our Neosho family. We also share information from two of our family medicine providers that can help you and your family make healthy lifestyle choices. With summer almost here, a walking routine might be just the thing to help your family enjoy some quality time together. As always, I want to thank you for the ongoing privilege of serving you and your family. We at Neosho Memorial strive to keep the members of our community as healthy as possible. You are our No. 1 priority. Sincerely, Dennis E. Franks, CEO Why I became a nurse: I wanted to be a nurse since high school. I knew people who had gone into nursing, and they seemed to thoroughly enjoy their jobs. I also wanted to help people. I did job shadowing at Neosho Memorial and had hoped to attend nursing school. After high school, however, I took a summer job that eventually led to full-time work in law enforcement. I worked with a great team, but after I lost my younger sister, Kaitlyn, to a car accident, I realized life is too short. It was time to achieve my goal of becoming a nurse. During nursing school, I worked in security at Neosho Memorial, eventually becoming a department director. I was fortunate to receive one of the hospital’s scholarships to help pay for nursing school. In 2020, I became an emergency room nurse at Neosho Memorial. Why I enjoy working here: My wife, Jordan, is also a nurse at Neosho Memorial, and my family is rooted in this area. Besides that, Neosho Memorial has done such a great job with building a culture that makes it easy to go to work each day. EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Kyle Shultz, RN, BSN 2