Employee Spotlight: Sandy Athamneh

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!

Sandy AthamnehName:  Sandy Athamneh

Department: Finance

Title: Accountant

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC? 

I have been at HPC for three months.

How did you get into your field of work?

I like organizing and analyzing business transactions, so accounting is a perfect fit.

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

I speak some Arabic.

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

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are family, integrity, compassion and service to others.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I have family in Jordan and have spent the summer with them several times.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to visit all seven continents.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite foods are sushi and sashimi.

What is your favorite movie?

“Barbie”

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is cooking recipes from various world cuisines.

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

Yes. I have two cats, Dill and Pickle.

May Brings Special Recognition to Nurses and Patient Services Representatives

Celebrate

By Debbie Sparks, Development and Marketing Manager

National Nurses Week is May 6-12.

In 1993, the American Nurses Association declared May 6-12 as the national week to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession. Each year the celebration ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale was an English social reformer and statistician and the founder of modern nursing.

This year’s theme for Nurses Week is “Nurses Make the Difference” to honor the varying roles of nurses and the positive impacts they make on our lives.

At HPC we celebrate the important roles that nurses play on the frontlines of the healthcare system. Special thanks to Hannah Carlisle, RN, Nurse Clinic Manager, and Crystal Ohanmu, LPN, for all that they do to support our patients, medical providers, medical assistants and other HPC team members.

Additionally, we would like to thank Mindy Beckwith, BSN, MSN, RN, Clinic Director and Risk/Compliance Officer, for overseeing the nursing department, refining workflows and leading the charge in patient safety.

Thank you, Hannah, Crystal and Mindy, for all of the good work you do to improve patient care at HPC!

Mindy Beckwith Crystal Ohanmu Hannah Carlisle

Patient Services Representatives Day/Receptionist Day is May 8

Since 1991, National Receptionist Day has been celebrated on the second Wednesday of May, this year falling on Wednesday, May 8. HPC would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Patient Services Representatives (PSRs) who fill the role of receptionist and so much more!

According to Mayra Bocanegra, Billing and Patient Services Manager, the PSR staff are the first people who interact with our patients when they walk through the door. They are the face of the clinic. It can be a tough job sometimes, but they are willing to do whatever is needed for our patients.

“We have faced many challenges over the past year, but our awesome team has stuck together,” Mayra says. “We recently implemented a new fee schedule, and everyone did an amazing job in communicating and supporting our patients.”

“My team always demonstrates a willingness to learn and to improve,” she adds. “We are finally fully staffed and have a strong team in place. I am grateful and look forward to working alongside them every day.”

Thank you to our wonderful team of PSRs: Crystal Albarran, Lisa Caldera, Jean Cast-Martin, Diana Flores, Rocio Gonzalez, Iliana Mejia, Karla Nunez, Cely Ortiz, Patricia Ortiz, Maria Pena, PSR Lead, and Ilse Salazar.

The PSRs are part of the Revenue Cycle Management team and work closely with Mayra; Perla Cardenas, Women’s Health Coordinator; Jorge Larriba, Dental Coordinator; Billie Reese-Turner, Director of Billing and Patient Services; Yesenia Salazar, Billing Coordinator; and Diana Zamora, Enrollment Specialist.

PSR Collage

Employee Spotlight: Jorge Larriba

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!

Employee Spotlight: Jorge LarribaName:  Jorge Larriba

Department: Dental

Title: Dental Coordinator

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I have worked at HPC for one year.

How did you get into your field of work?

I always wanted to follow a career path that would allow me to help my community so I thought this would be a great place to get experience.

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

My first language is Spanish. I hope in the future to learn a third language.

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

“A sound soul dwells within a sound mind and a sound body.”

What values are important to you?

Employee Spotlight: Jorge LarribaThe most important values to me are honesty and respect. Not only for others but for yourself too.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I used to play the guitar and ukulele, but I always wanted to learn to play piano and bass. I also used to skate for fun, but I only learned one trick.

What is on your “bucket” list?

Gaining weight has been on my list for a while, but other than that I want to travel to Japan.

What is your favorite food?

I love seafood, especially ceviche.

What is your favorite movie?

“Pacific Rim” and “Speed Racer”

What is your favorite hobby?

Other than playing video games, I like to work on my car on the weekends.

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

I grew up with my grandparents for a couple of years and they used to live on a farm, so I like animals. Currently we only have a small chihuahua and a cat.

Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Truman

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!

Jennifer TrumanName:  Jennifer Truman, LSCSW

Department: Behavioral Health

Title: Lead Behavioral Health Clinician

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I’ve been at HPC for three months.

How did you get into your field of work?

I got into my field of work by accident. I loved my professor at K-State.

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

I only speak English.

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

“If it is to be, it is up to me.”

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are integrity, honesty and respect.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

Jennifer Truman with FamilyI like to hunt, and I love “Pitbull” Mr. 305.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I don’t have a bucket list. I believe in living life to the fullest daily!

What is your favorite food?

I love all food.

What is your favorite movie?

I always fall asleep during movies, so I don’t have a favorite.

What is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising and drawing.

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

We have one dog. His name is Harley Davidson Truman, and he is half golden Lab and half Great Pyrenees.

Employee Spotlight: Mindy Beckwith

Employee Spotlight

Mindy BeckwithWe 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:  Mindy Beckwith

Department: Clinical Administration

Title: Clinical Director and Compliance Officer

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I’ve been working at HPC since October 2023.

How did you get into your field of work?

I have always been fascinated by healthcare and science. I almost went to Med School to be a pediatrician, but nursing worked better for my family.

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

No, but I would love to learn Spanish.

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

“People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

What values are important to you?

Honesty and integrity are important to me.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I come from a family of dairy farmers and florists, which is why I love gardening and being outdoors.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to buy a beach house and spend my winters there.

What is your favorite food?

I love anything Mexican or Indian.

What is your favorite movie?

“Bridesmaids”

What is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy gardening.

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

Yes! I have two pups, Theo (Dachshund mix) and Leia (Miniature Dachshund)

Employee Spotlight: Celiemar Ortiz Bruno

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!

Celiemar Ortiz BrunoName:  Celiemar Ortiz Bruno

Department: Patient Services

Title: Patient Services Representative

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I have been at HPC for four months.

How did you get into your field of work?

I am passionate about doing things for others and helping people as much as possible. I love that what I do here fulfills that desire.

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

Yes, I speak Spanish.

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

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are loyalty, sincerity and empathy.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I am a pastry chef.

What is on your “bucket” list?

Celiemar familyI want to see my daughters fulfill their dreams.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is pechuga a la milanesa con tostones, o mofongo.

What is your favorite movie?

“City of Angels”

What is your favorite hobby?

I love to bake. I enjoy making cakes and decorating them.

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

Yes! I have a Chihuahua, a leopard gecko, a guinea pig and turtle.

Employee Spotlight: Hannah Carlisle

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!

Hannah CarlisleName: Hannah Carlisle

Department: Medical

Title: Vaccine Outreach Nurse

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I’ve been with HPC for two months.

How did you get into your field of work?

I decided that I wanted to be a nurse when I went on a field trip in kindergarten. I continued that path with my high school and college choices.

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

Yes, my Spanish is coming back to me.

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

“Be weird, be you.” -Jocelyn Carlisle (my daughter)

What values are important to you?

Honesty is so important to me. Honesty is who you are, what you say and all you do.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

If I wasn’t a nurse, I think I would work in a bakery or be a gardener. These are two things I enjoy but don’t have time for.

What is on your “bucket” list?

Hannah Carlisle and familySomeday I will take a vacation with just my husband. We have been married for 21 years and never took a honeymoon.

What is your favorite food?

I love a lot of foods, so I guess I’ll say my favorite comfort food is biscuits and gravy.

What is your favorite movie?

“Pearl Harbor” or “The Notebook”

What is your favorite hobby?

The past 19 years, my favorite “hobby” has been doing whatever the kids want, but I do love getting time to kayak or sew.

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

I do love animals! We have two dogs, a cat, and are taking care of our son’s bearded dragon while he is at college. Through the years we have had guinea pigs, hedgehog, hermit crabs, turtles, gecko and even a crawdad once.

Employee Spotlight: Courtney Bray

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!

Employee Spotlight: Courtney BrayName:  Courtney Bray

Department: Medical

Title: Medical Records

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I’ve been working at HPC for three months.

How did you get into your field of work?

I have worked in healthcare since 2017. I started in environmental services, then moved to reception and worked my way up to medical records.

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

I do not speak any other languages, but I would love to learn to someday.

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

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” -Henry Ford

What values are important to you?

Employee Spotlight: Courtney BrayValues that are important to me are family, working hard and being kind to one another.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I have seven kids! I have three of my own kids plus four bonus boys. The looks of surprise that I get make me laugh.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to go skydiving!

What is your favorite food?

Mexican food is hands down my favorite kind of food!

What is your favorite movie?

“Sweet Home Alabama”

What is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy spending time with my family and a good book!

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

I like animals but do not currently have any. I clean up enough messes with seven kids!  I don’t have time for animals.

Employee Spotlight: Nikki Balden

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!

Nikki Balden Name:  Nikki Balden

Department: Administration

Title: Administrative Assistant

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC? 

I’ve worked at HPC for almost two months.

How did you get into your field of work?

I was an admin/auditor for a company that audits federal food programs for three years before coming to HPC. I’m all about organization, efficiency and helping others- HPC allows me to do all of those things.

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

Does a 153-day streak on Duo Lingo count? I’m currently learning Spanish and would love to learn more languages in the future.

Nikki Balden's FamilyDo you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“Life is short, the world is wide. I want to make some memories.” -Mamma Mia

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me include kindness, honesty, patience and hard work. All of these are things I strive to be and value in others.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I wouldn’t say I’m super surprising, but despite my sunny disposition, I love emotional/inspiring movies that make me cry.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I have always wanted to go to Greece and am hoping to plan a trip there for my 30th birthday next year.

What is your favorite food?

I am always down for ice cream, a good brunch or sushi- it’s too hard to pick just one. I love food!

What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is “Mamma Mia” one and two. They are the perfect mix of music, tears & tears of joy. I also believe “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy is superior.

Nikki Balden's CatWhat is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is going to concerts with my sister. We love live music and have been to three concerts this year!

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

I love all animals! I adopted an 18 pound (previously 20 pound), five-year-old, orange/white tabby cat named Chauncey about four and a half months ago. He is the laziest and the cutest.

Employee Spotlight: Drew Meyer

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!

Drew MeyerName: Drew Meyer

Department: Development/Marketing

Title: Development Director

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?
I’ve been at HPC for nearly two months.

How did you get into your field of work?

I started in the fundraising/development world in 2016 with a temporary/seasonal position. I assisted with fundraising campaigns across the KC metro area.

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

Yes, I’m fluent in “toddler.”

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

“May the Force be with you.”

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are family time, a sense of humor, positivity and work hard/play hard.

Drew Meyer and familyWhat is something about you that would surprise people?

I have gotten heavily into Formula 1 racing in the past few years.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I’d like to be an extra in the background of a Star Wars show or movie. And then I’d write and publish a short novel giving my character an extensive and completely unnecessary backstory but cementing myself into the official Star Wars canon. Also going to Japan would be cool.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is ice cream or seafood if I had to pick real food.

What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is “The Notebook.” Just kidding, it’s obviously “Star Wars.” “The Empire Strikes Back” if I had to choose one.

What is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy playing board games, but like the good ones.

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 have a dog named Louie. He’s a rescue and a mix of a lot of breeds. I just say he’s cute and that’s what matters.