Kim Shopper

Kim Shopper

Kim has worked at NKCH for 30 years where she produces the employee newsletter and manages internal campaigns. She serves on the Living With Diabetes Advisory Board and the Chip In For Charity Open golf committee. She is passionate about animal rescue and volunteers for the Parkville Animal Shelter.

Classmates Reconnect at NKCH

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Nannette McQueen, Lynn Bradberry and Bev Carter.

Over the years, high school can become a distant memory. The letter jackets get packed away and the senior rings make way for trendy jewelry. For five high school graduates, NKCH became a place to reconnect. Long Lasting Friendships It’s been 45 years since Director of Plant Operations Joe Becker and GI Lab Nurse Barbara […]

A Life Saved

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ED Nurse Beth Schoening and ICU Nurse Melissa Rust with Kathy

Over the last 60 years, the hospital’s impact on Northland families has been measured by more than bed size and construction projects. Like many families in the area, Kathy Thompson’s parents sacrificed to help build the hospital. Her dad’s company, TWA, deducted funds from employee checks to raise money. Through the years, the hospital employed […]

Live Life. Give Life.

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a single donor can save up to 8 lives and improve 75 more

During an organ donation, the eerie quietness of the surgery area is a sharp contrast to the hurried activity of phone calls that occurs behind the scenes. This activity is coordinated by Midwest Transplant Network whose staff has only hours to identify and transport organs to suitable recipients throughout the United States. Surgery Educator Denice […]

Calm Under Pressure

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Jennie Schwabe, BSN, RN

Within a day of each other in February, NKCH employees Rachel Fossey, RD, LD, and Jennie Schwabe, BSN, RN, became first responders to emergencies outside the hospital. Their quick actions in life and death situations made a difference for two people. Quick Thinking As a dietitian, Rachel, 25, typically uses nutrition support and diet education […]

Dreams Fulfilled

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NKCH Medical Mission to Jamaica

It’s always been a dream for Sam Richey, BSN, RN, and Megan Morrison, BSN, RN, to travel on a medical mission. In February, their dreams came true when they represented NKCH in the annual Jamaican medical and dental mission trip organized by Board of Trustee member Bob McGee and other community groups. Why They Do […]

Long Way Home

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MR (Missouri River) 340 Race

Kayaking on the Missouri River in the summer heat is less than ideal. Imagine doing it for three consecutive days with little sleep, blistered hands and 340 miles. RNs Anqi Dai and Jason Potts finished the MR (Missouri River) 340 race in 2017 and plan to participate again this summer. Like last year, they will […]

Mrs. Cake Boss

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Mae Stover, cake lady

Cake is often the centerpiece of celebrations for life’s special moments, such as birthdays, graduations or a new baby. For the past 33 years, many families have chosen Mae Stover, cake maker extraordinaire, to make just the right centerpiece to mark their special occasions. During the week, Mae is a patient service representative at Meritas […]

Oh, Baby!

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April and Delaney

Last year at age 36, April Hord, Purchasing buyer, had finally accepted that she would always be an aunt or a daughter, but not a mother. Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis, years of tests, procedures and surgery left April with scar tissue and little else. Visits to fertility specialists also proved futile. In […]

Gentle Giants

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Cheryl Rescues Greyhounds

Public acceptance for greyhound racing has declined sharply over the years as news surfaced about improper animal treatment. Dogs viewed as too old or too slow are often no longer of value to owners. Thankfully, there are people like Radiology Supervisor Cheryl Bondank, RTR, and her husband Donald, an NKCH web designer, who rescue these […]

Safety First for Riding Enthusiast

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Matt Foresman

For most of his life, Vice President of Professional Services Matt Foresman, MA, has counted on two wheels to take him where he wants to go. As a child, he rode his bicycle around his Kansas City, KS, neighborhood, and as an adult, he used a bicycle as a triathlete. “After years of huffing and […]