Robyn Chadwick, executive leader for adult, adolescent and pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Via Christi, was recently honored by the Wichita chapter of the National Association for the Mentally Ill as its Service Provider of the Year. Additionally, Kara Liss, RN, who serves at Via Christi Behavioral Health, was one of two recipients of NAMI’s Mental Health Professional of the Year awards.
“As consumers of mental health services and their family members, we sincerely appreciate the expertise and compassion she illustrates in providing leadership in these critical service areas in the community,” wrote Gerry Lichti, a member of the NAMI awards committee, in announcing Chadwick’s selection.
Chadwick, who serves as vice president of Operation for Ascension’s Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa, received the award at NAMI’s annual banquet held earlier this week. During her five-year tenure with Via Christi, she has been called upon to provide executive and operational leadership for care innovations in areas ranging from case management to patient placement to behavioral health and other population health initiatives.
“Robyn is a strong leader and advocate for the estimated four out of every 10 members of our community coping with a behavioral health issue,” says Kevin Strecker, president of Ascension’s Wichita hospitals. “It’s gratifying to see her dedication, commitment and efforts recognized in this way.”
Liss was nominated because of her consistent care, respect and advocacy.
“She is trusted by her patients and her peers alike, largely because she consistently treats both with dignity and with respect,” says Matt Cox, RN and nurse manager at Via Christi Behavioral Health. “Kara does not hesitate to go above and beyond to advocate for her patients.”