Employee Spotlight: Lee Champion, RN, MSN

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Lee ChampionName:  Lee Champion, RN, MSN

Department: Medical

Title: Clinic Director and Risk Manager

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  Three months

How did you get into your field of work?

I always had a desire to be in the medical field. As a teenager, I wanted to be a Cardiologist.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I speak German and Spanish but not fluently.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“I can’t change the past. Today is a new day. Tomorrow is our future.”

What values are important to you?

Integrity and honesty.

Lee Champion at WorkWhat is something about you that would surprise people?

I am an introvert at heart.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I want to live life to the fullest!

What is your favorite food?

German food is my favorite.

What is your favorite movie?

“Everything that Rises”

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is cooking.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

I like animals. The only animals I have now are chickens and no they do not get to come in the house, no I do not snuggle with them and yes I eat them and their eggs!

Navy veteran aircraft mechanic shifts to health and healing.

Written by Catherine Rice, Vice President of Marketing, Health Partnership Clinic

Lee Champion

Lee Champion

For Navy veteran Lee Champion, RN, the experience of working on airplane engines was a precursor to what became a lifelong commitment to health and healing. Today, Lee serves as Health Partnership Clinic’s Clinical Director and brings more than 20 years of nursing experience in administrative, leadership and organizational areas. Her Navy experience has played a huge role in who Lee is today.

What do aircraft have to do with the human body and health?

A lot according to Lee. “Think about it…there’s a lot of similarity to body parts of an aircraft and body parts of a human,” she says. “The heart is the engine, the struts are the legs, the wings are the arms, the hydro fluid is the body’s blood, the pilots are the doctors, the mechanics are the nurses, the numbers are the pressures (i.e. blood pressure) and avionics is likened to neurology. Both are sciences of sorts. For me transitioning from aircraft to nursing was a logical step and looking back, one of the best decisions of my life.”

Early Years

Lee Champion

Lee Champion

As a teenager, Lee volunteered in the Cardiac Department at the VA Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. That experience ignited an interest in becoming a cardiologist. However, she was equally interested in car mechanics and was an avid race car fan. Although girls weren’t allowed to enroll in Shop class that didn’t stop Lee. Her stepfather, retired military and self-taught mechanic, handed her a wrench and taught her the ins and out of car repair.

Following high school, Lee opted to work instead of college. She continued to hone her technical and mechanical skills while having on and off conversations about a military career.

Anchors Aweigh

“At 21 I decided to join the Navy—without telling my parents,” she reflects. “I remember my mom was very upset but eventually came around, and my stepdad was all smiles. With my high Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASFAB) score, he knew I would have many opportunities and the military would make me a self-sufficient woman, which both became true.” The ASVAB test is used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces.

During the 80s, men greatly outnumbered women in the military, and there were limited ratings (jobs) for women. However, with Lee’s high aptitude for technical and mechanical skills, she was accepted into aircraft mechanic school. Before aircraft training, she successfully completed a 16-week boot camp in Orlando, Fla.

“I’m not going to say I was looking forward to it or it was easy, but I survived,” Lee says. “After bootcamp I headed to A School “Aircraft Mechanics” in Memphis. The next 12 months I learned all about airplane repair and then attended more training in San Diego.”

Lee also underwent air crew training and was finally assigned to the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) carrier. Women were not allowed to be “stationed” on a ship, so her squadron flew on and off the carrier. “There was one of me and 249 males, but I was a holy terror and could hold my own.”

HawkeyeDuring this time, she flew a E2 Hawkeye and was assigned to rescues and scouting for drug runners. “My main job was to keep the airplane flying,” she adds. “One of the more memorable missions was when me and my crew were involved in the Libyan airstrikes.”

Although many ratings (jobs) were closed to women, Lee persisted. She quickly moved up the ladder earning her Air Crew Wings and eventually being promoted to Aviation Warfare Specialist.

Fair Winds and Following Seas

After more than nine years, Lee decided to resign her position as a E6 Petty Officer 1st Class. She married her husband Bob and went to Nursing school where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary, Kansas City, Mo. She later returned to receive a Master of Science in Nursing Administration. During the intervening years, she and Bob had four children. Today, her children are married, and she enjoys eight grandchildren, most of them living nearby.

“As I look back, the intense training and education received from the Navy prepared me for the next chapter in my life, nursing and later graduate school as well as being a wife and mother. Thanks to my experience in the Navy I have been able to finetune so many of my skills…understanding the importance of respect, taking directions, following through, communication, working with people from all difference backgrounds, leading people, being flexible and teamwork.”

CarrierShe adds, “In the Navy it’s life and death. You had to rely on your shipmates if you didn’t want to die. In the medical or health field, it’s the same—we’re talking about the lives of our patients. It’s a team effort. The provider, nursing, support staff and administration are all there to provide lifesaving care.”

The Importance of Veterans Day

“For me, Veterans Day is very special for many reasons,” Lee shares. “It’s a day to honor anyone who served in the military, sacrificed and for some, ultimately gave their lives to keep us free. It’s particularly poignant since my parents are both from foreign countries…Germany (father) and Mexico (mom).”

In fact, Lee’s grandfather was a World Word II prisoner where he was forced to work as a machinist in one of Hitler’s work camps, and her stepdad earned the Purple Heart for being wounded in Vietnam.

“We’re a military family,” she adds. “My oldest daughter and husband served in the Air Force, my son-in-law and brother served in the Navy. On my mom’s side, seven of her brothers served in the Army during the Korean War and all came back, and my stepdad was in the Air Force and Army. Veteran’s Day means so much to me and my family, and I’m pleased that HPC is recognizing our patient and staff veterans.”

Health Partnership Clinic: Remembering Veterans Day

More About Lee’s Nursing Career

Lee Champion, RN, MSN, is the Clinic Director and Risk Manager at HPC, where she oversees the nursing department and serves risk manager and compliance officer. Lee’s responsibilities include managing clinical functions, including immediate supervision of nurses and medical assistants to assure conformance with established standards of care. She also is a key participant in HPC’s Total Quality Management approach to risk mitigation, compliance, quality improvement and patient satisfaction.

Lee has more than 20 years of nursing experience in administrative, leadership and organizational areas. She has a wealth of knowledge about joint commission guidelines as well as state and federal guidelines. Before joining HPC, she was the Facility Advisory Nurse for the Department of Health & Senior Services, Division of Regulation and Licensure, and she served in nursing leadership roles at Research Medical Center, Truman Medical Center and Swope Health.

Lee earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Administration from University of Mary, in Kansas City, Mo.

Ten Nurse Practitioners Play Key Role at HPC.

Dr. MouradPost written by Wael S. Mourad, MD, MHCM, FAAFP, Family Physician and Chief Health Officer

Medicine and health care are team sports. We all have our roles and contribute to the common goal of taking care of our patients. Here at Health Partnership Clinic (HPC), an important role is that of the nurse practitioner.

2019 Nurse Practitioner Week

The role of the nurse practitioner (NP) will be showcased November 10–16, 2019, as NPs across the country celebrate more than 50 years of practice during National NP Week. In the United States, this distinguished group of healthcare professionals number more than 270,000 strong with an additional 28,700 new NPs completing their academic programs in 2018.

HPC Nurse Practitioner Week 2019

A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse.

This professional is trained to treat primary Care, specialty Care, acute, and chronic conditions for patients of all ages. They are trained at the graduate level and typically have a Master of Science in Nursing. They can also obtain a doctorate in their field. While they are classified as mid-level providers, they can either practice independently or under the supervision of a collaborating physician, depending on the state in which they practice.

The “partnership” in Health Partnership represents collaborations not only with external entities, but also internally.  In health care, sometimes diagnoses and assessments are not that straightforward. And it helps to talk about it.

 

HPC’s Nurse Practitioners

Our nurse practitioners at HPC will often talk about cases and patients, lab results and imaging findings, symptoms and other questionable findings with their colleague physicians and other healthcare providers. They help provide access to patient care for all patients who very much need appointments to be seen. They provide compassion and attention to the needs of the patient in a way that the patient appreciates very much. And as they work collaboratively, the patient sees that and appreciates the teamwork that is being done on their behalf.

At HPC, we have nurse practitioners that focus on a variety of areas. From cardiology to primary care, from pediatric to adult medicine, and even academic medicine. “We are so grateful to our nurse practitioner colleagues for being on our team! Thank you and Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week!”

HPC Nurse Practitioner Week 2019

Thank you!

Tony Anno, DNP, ACNP-BC, APRN
Susan Bennett, APRN
Danielle Berg, APRN, FNP-C
Maureen Caro, FNP-BC
Haley Kendall, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Elizabeth Lewis, WHNP-BC, MSN, BSN, RN
Jenny Miller, FNP-BC
Whitney Venegoni, APRN, FNP-BC
Gwenyth Wagner DNP, APRN
Patti West, DNP, APRN

Employee Spotlight: Emily C. Day, DDS

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Emily DayName: Emily C. Day, DDS

Department: Dental

Title: Director of Dental Department

Primary work location: Olathe Outreach

How long have you worked at HPC? Seven weeks

How did you get into your field of work?

As a high schooler, I met a female dentist who said that a career in dentistry was great if you liked science, crafts and helping people. From then on I was a dental assistant during the summer until I was in dental school.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

No, I do not speak any other languages, but I wish I did!

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

What values are important to you?

Loyalty, authenticity and honesty.

Emily Day's FamilyWhat is something about you that would surprise people?

I love hedgehogs! I have a hedgehog named Arthur.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I want to see the Northern Lights.

What is your favorite food?

Mexican food is my favorite!

What is your favorite movie?

“Pretty Woman”

What is your favorite hobby?

Reading is my favorite hobby.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Yes! In addition to my hedgehog, we have three dogs: two Dachshunds and one Border Collie mix.

Employee Spotlight: Denise Kelly, Vice President of Human Resources

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Denise KellyName:  Denise Kelly

Department: Human Resources

Title: Vice President of Human Resources

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC? Almost two years.

How did you get into your field of work?

I really liked law but did not want to be an attorney. I like that it changes frequently with every new law and the ability to make a difference in how the organization defines rules, procedures and regulations, even when things go wrong.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I only speak English, but I wish I could speak Spanish. I took Latin in high school and it helped with English.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

I like most quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. In particular, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

What values are important to you?

Honesty, curiosity, kindness and empathy. And rules are a very important part.

Denise KellyWhat is something about you that would surprise people?

I fenced in college for four years.

What is on your “bucket” list?

Traveling to as many places as I can, especially abroad.

What is your favorite food?

Blue Bell Peaches and Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. Also, Root Beer floats and Snickers ice cream bars.

What is your favorite movie?

“Blues Brothers”, “Blazing Saddles” and action movies.

What is your favorite hobby?

Reading a good John Grisham book.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Yes, I love dogs but I don’t presently have one.

Employee Spotlight: Mayra Lemus, NRCMA/Vaccine Manager

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Mayra LemusName: Mayra Lemus

Department: Pediatric Medical/Vaccines

Title: Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA)/Vaccine Manager

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

It will be two years in August.

How did you get into your field of work?

Since I was young, I have admired health care workers and knew I wanted to serve my community in that way.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I speak English and Spanish.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“Where there is hope, there is faith, where there is faith, miracles happen.”

What values are important to you?

Health, integrity, faith, independence, accountability and compassion.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

Mayra Lemus and TeamI salsa dance.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to travel to Rome and go skydiving.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is my homemade Mexican food and Italian food.

What is your favorite movie?

“Taken” with Liam Neeson.

What is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

I do not have any pets.

Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Miller, Family Nurse Practitioner

Employee Spotlight

Jennifer MillerWe are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Name:  Jennifer Miller, FNP-BC

Department: Medical

Title: Family Nurse Practitioner

Primary work location: Ottawa

How long have you worked at HPC? Three years

How did you get into your field of work? I was exposed to an amazing nurse practitioner when my son was a baby and kept getting ear infections.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

No, but I really wish I did.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“So shines a good deed in a weary world.” -Willy Wonka

Jennifer Miller in the CommunityWhat values are important to you?

Kindness and treating each person with respect.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I am doing really cool robotic physical therapy.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to visit most of the national parks.

What is your favorite food?

I like Mexican and Italian.

What is your favorite movie?

My favorite recent movie is “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

What is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy playing games on my iPad and reading.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

I am a huge animal lover! We have one cat and two dogs.

Employee Spotlight: Anthony Garcia, DDS

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Anthony GarciaName: Anthony Garcia, DDS (Bio)

Department: Dental

Title: Dentist

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC? I started in May 2018, so one year.

How did you get into your field of work?

I always knew that I wanted to be in a health care profession and felt dentistry would allow the most family time which is something I desired.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I speak limited Spanish. I can understand quite a bit, but only speak a little.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

I love quotes. These are two of my favorites:

“Just keep swimming.” -Dory

“All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

Dr. Garcia's FamilyWhat values are important to you?

Family, loyalty, optimism, open-mindedness and persistence.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I was born in Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University, but I am a huge Texas Longhorns fan!

What is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to visit Rome and Paris. I would also like to attend several sporting events such as a prime time home game at Louisiana State University.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite foods are Chinese, BBQ and Mexican!

What is your favorite movie?

I have several, “Pursuit of Happiness”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “Boyz N the Hood”, “Remember the Titans”, “Inception”, “The Great Gatsby” and so many more…

What is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy lifting weights, playing golf and watching sports.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Yes, I am an animal lover. I would say I prefer dogs however, I have two cats, thanks to my wife.

Employee Spotlight: Dr. Rhiannon Moore

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, you can get to know a different HPC team member in a fun new way.

Dr. Rhiannon Moore

Dr. Rhiannon Moore

Name:  Dr. Rhiannon Moore

Department: Behavioral Health

Title: Assistant Director of Behavioral Health

Primary work location: Olathe Schools and Olathe clinic.

How long have you worked at HPC?  Four and a half years.

How did you get into your field of work?

When I was young, I wanted to be a forensic psychologist like I watched on “Law and Order”.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones? No.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

What values are important to you?

Family, work-life balance, quality time.

Dr. Rhiannon Moore

Dr. Moore at an Event

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I can’t whistle.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to visit the Galapagos Islands and go on a safari in Africa.

What is your favorite food?

Anything Chocolate.

What is your favorite movie?

I’m not a big movie person.

What is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy gardening and anything outside.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Yes. 1 Dog, 1 Turtle, 3 Cats.