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Manhattan nurse nominated for Health Care Worker of the Year

Andrew Kvasnica manattan nurse via christi

Andrew Kvasnica, RN, a member of Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan’s surgical services team, was one of 14 nominees for the Kansas Hospital Association’s Health Care worker of the year title. The Kansas Hospital Association recognizes hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital through the Health Care Worker of the Year Award. Hospitals across the state nominated individuals because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.

His nomination states:

Andrew Kvasnica radiates Via Christi Hospital's core values, and makes it seem effortless. It's obvious he values each person he comes in contact – whether by memory of conversations shared, hardships endured, or joys celebrated. He's a wealth of information because he knows how to truly listen. Andrew is thorough and methodical when it comes to decision making and working through challenges. He takes the time, no matter how busy or behind he may be, to ensure you feel heard and understood. Andrew is a stable force in his department: reliable, consistent and trustworthy. He is often the person people go to when they need to unload, need advice or just find solace in human companionship, listening without judgement.

A peer recalls years ago: "Andrew's wife was expecting the birth of their daughter. Naturally, Andrew was focused on making sure the operating room was taken care of; and eventually, he was sent home to have their baby! Ever prepared, Andrew had an emergency kit in his car – just in case. And wouldn't you know it, on the way to the birthing center, he delivered his baby girl on Highway 24 and probably remained calm the entire time!"

Andrew is incredibly loyal to Via Christi Hospital and health care in general. He often works alongside his staff providing patient care whenever needed. He takes the needed time with each patient and/or family member to ensure they understand what is taking place while they're at the hospital. He is the first to speak with a patient and/or family member that is being unreasonable, irate or has concerns – his calming sense of reassurance, coupled with his clinical knowledge, goes a long way.

When time allows, Andrew rounds his staff up for huddles, beginning with an impromptu prayer, followed with ministry announcements, then a round table for staff to bring up concerns or news, finishing with a cheesy joke that everyone enjoys. Andrew takes the time to get to know by name the vast amount of support staff and volunteers working at the hospital and reminds them of their importance. He's a grateful, humble person and has a way of making everyone feel special and the best they can be.

Andrew has been involved heavily in several hospital construction/renovation projects. He volunteers to help with the hospital's Leadership Development Institution. He goes to administration when he feels there has been a breakdown of unethical behavior or something does not align with the hospital's mission. He's on the board at Manhattan Area Technical College and works with the students. Additionally, he is the pastor at Sutphen Mill Christian Church in Chapman. Andrew is a reminder to seek out the good and take the time to listen - no matter how busy life gets.

About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.