Clinic facilities

Hutchinson Clinic Hires CEO and Hutch Regional Appoints Marketing Director

The Hutchinson Clinic has appointed a new chief executive, who currently serves as chief operating officer at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Kolbe Sheridan will take office on November 7.

Sheridan, 43, has been COO at Wesley for two years. Prior to that, he was chief financial officer at Wesley for 13 years, said Dr. Fadi Estephan, chairman of the clinic’s board.

He spent two years between those two jobs as CEO of Barstow Community Hospital in Barstow, California. Sheridan is also Chairman of the American Heart Association Heart Ball in Wichita and a Fellow of the Wichita Chamber.

The board interviewed several candidates before Sheridan, but knew as soon as they were interviewed that Sheridan was the perfect fit, Estephan said.

Sheridan learned about the job at a national medical conference in Chicago and applied, Estephan said.

When asked about the reasons for Sheridan’s selection, Estephan noted his “impressive resume (curriculum vitae)”.

“The second thing is that the relationship between the clinic and the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is very important,” Estephan said. “We are the two largest health care providers in the county. With his experience with hospitals, Mr. Sheridan understands the needs of this partnership and what our needs are.

“Finally, it’s his incredible talent,” he said. “He’s approachable, intelligent and soft-spoken.”

The clinic’s specific goals that Sheridan expressed to the board, Estephan said, included “continuing the legacy of the Hutchinson Clinic to provide excellent care in Reno County and beyond, in the ‘Western Kansas’.

Second, he said, it was a commitment to address and improve long-term relationships with Hutchinson’s regional partners “to build on the existing continuum of care in the county.”

“Health care changes and evolves rapidly, and Mr. Sheridan is aware of the latest changes,” Estephan said. “He has specific ideas when it comes to access to care, quality of care and delivery of care in 2023.”

Sheridan replaces Mike Heck, who left the clinic in May after leading the facility for 13 years.

Dr. Verlin Janzen, the clinic’s director of medical information who retired in July after practicing medicine for 30 years, serves as interim CEO.

Sheridan will join the clinic’s administrative team of Dashun Monk, Chief Financial Officer, and Brooke Stover, Chief Operating Officer.

The clinic is a multi-specialty provider network with over 100 physicians and over 600 employees.

“We are very grateful for the leadership that Mr. Heck has provided to the clinic for over a decade,” said Estephan. “He made us better, he made us stronger, he was an incredible leader. But in May we reached a mutual separation agreement. Mr. Heck left behind a void that we hope Mr. Sheridan will fill.

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Hutchinson Regional is recruiting a new Marketing and Communications Director

Britney Weis

Brittney Weis has been appointed director of marketing and communications for Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System.

A permanent marketing and communications leader, Weis will oversee internal, external and strategic communications for the healthcare system while also focusing on marketing and branding.

Originally from Kansan, Wies is a graduate of Wichita State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in health care management and community development.

Her most recent position was as Director of Marketing and Engagement at Hunter Health Clinic, where she led communications and organizational brand renewal for the past two years.

Recently, she was named winner of Wichita Business Journals’ 2022 Marketing Awards and recognized in Wichita Business Journals’ 2021 Women Who Lead: Marketing and Communications.

With the addition of new services and vendors, the need to communicate the agency’s message has never been greater, said Ken Johnson, president and regional CEO of Hutchinson.

“In the seven short years since graduating from Wichita State University, Brittney has distinguished herself in roles that prepare her to lead our communications and marketing efforts at Hutchinson Regional. I am confident that Brittney will have an immediate impact on our marketing efforts and our ability to expand our efforts to serve current and future patients. says Johnson.

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Hutch Prison announces five promotions

The Kansas Department of Corrections has announced the recent or planned promotion of five employees from the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.

Scott Hambrick and Jennifer Hertel were both promoted to Unit Team Leader, effective October 2.

Stacy Gillespie and Deena half moon are promoted to the position of administrative specialist, and Lyndsi Lakzadeh to Accountant I, all as of October 16.

New lawyers sworn in at state and federal

TOPEKA — Candidates who passed the Kansas bar exam, including half a dozen people from south-central and southwestern Kansas, were sworn in as Kansas attorneys at a ceremony in person on September 30 at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.

TOPEKA — Candidates who passed the Kansas bar exam, including half a dozen people from south-central and southwestern Kansas, were sworn in as Kansas attorneys at a ceremony in person on September 30 at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.

The new lawyers from the regions eligible to be sworn in included: Brady TianHays; Erik HagemanNewton; Tara TerwilligerDighton; madison moore, Lucas; and Brigitte StinehartSaline,

Officers in the region are graduates of the Law Enforcement Center

Twenty-five new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (Sept. 30 in a ceremony, including several from the area.

The speaker of the ceremony was Chief Craig Dunlavy from the Newton Police Department. KLETC Police Senior Instructor Michael Turenne was the class coordinator for the 299th Basic Training Class.

Officer Jason Million from the Halstead Police Department received the Larry Welch Award for Academic Excellence. Officer Brandon Neighborhood of the Newton Police Department received the Fitness Award for Most Overall Improvement, while officer Christian Tucker of the Dodge City Police Department received the Physical Fitness Medal for running the most miles.

The graduates, who began training in June 2022, represent multiple municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies throughout Kansas.

Area graduates, listed by county and agency, included:

Ford: Angel Guzman and Christian Tucker, Dodge City Police Department; Harvey: Jason MillionHalstead Police Department; Willow CheskyHarvey County Sheriff’s Office; Gavin Powelland Brandon Neighborhood, Newton Police Department; Pawnee: Jeremy Slattery, Larned Police Department; Pratt: Colton Odette, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; Reno: Michael Fleming, Hutchinson Police Department; and Seward: Matthew PalaciosLiberal Police Service.