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A Continued History
Continued Support
Grace Gates served in the capacity of the administrator until 1974. Through the years, both Grace Gates and Virginia Downing have continued to provide support to the agency in a variety of ways, providing nursing services and serving as interim administrators for the agency. Grace Gates served the Harper County Health Department as a member of the Advisory Board until her death in March 2011. Virginia Downing currently provides consulting services for the agency. Former administrators for the agency include:
  • Grace Gates
  • Barbara Morisse
  • Freida Schmidt
  • Rosie Walker
  • Rita Bonetti

The agency has employed a number of individuals over the years, many of these employees providing quality services to the community for a number of years. The nature of the work provided by the agency staff involves a level of caring, commitment, and dedication to the community that goes far beyond the regular work hours and formal compensation.

Staff Recognition
In 2015 the agency has a number of employees that will reach milestones in the number of years they have provided quality service to the community:
Individual Position Experience
Heather Struble Asst. Admin. Home Health 24 years
Teresa Goetz Home Health RN 14 years
Sherry Vierthaler Administrator 12 years
Mary Helen McKaig Attendant Care 11 years
Laina Berry HHA 9 years
 Jonna Gaffney  Public Health Program Clerk 8 years
 Kim Bauer Public Health RN 7 years
 Venita Bogdanovecz  Home Health RN 6 years
 Renee Gerber  Home Health Aide 6 years
 Dora Shelton Home Health Aide 6 years
 Jennilee Wedman Public Health RN 5 years
Susan Ricke Home Health RN 5 years

Current employees with less than five years of service include:
  
  • Michelle Campbell - In-Home Service Coordinator / Billing Clerk
  • Mary Lozoya, Public Health Program Clerk
  • Christina Becker, Home Health Aide                         
  • Shirley Moore, BSN, RN Public/Home Health RN
                               
                                                 
  • Ellen McDonald, APRN/FP Practitioner
  • Carolyn Vahle, Attendant Care
  • Carrie Sauer, Public Health Program Clerk
  • Vacamt, Attendant Care (FT)
  • Vacant Attendant Care (FT)
  • Vacant, Attendant Care (PT)


Current Changes
The Harper County Health Department / Harper County Home Health Agency has continued to grow and change over the years to meet the health needs of the community, to promote prevention and wellness, and to protect the community and the environment. The office of the Harper County Health Department / Harper County Home Health Agency moved across the street from the courthouse in 1993 to a new building at 123 N. Jennings, Anthony, KS 67003-0066. Staff members continue to provide services in the Harper County community through home health services and public health services, including Public Health Clinics on scheduled dates at Harper and Attica, as well as participation in community health events.

Community Honor Event
A community reception was held on September 18, 2006 to recognize the initial employees who started the agency and celebrate 40 years of community service. Heather Struble received the Kansas Home Care Association (KHCA) award for the Kansas Home Care Administrator Honoree of the Year during the annual meeting in September 2006. Linda Patrick received the KHCA Home Care Paraprofessional of the Year at the KHCA annual meeting on September 17, 2008. Grace Gates was honored with the KHCA Home Care Hero Honoree of the Year at the KHCA annual meeting on Septebmer 23, 2010. Virginia Downing was the KHCA Home Care Hero Honoree of the Year at the KHCA annual meeting on September 21, 2016. We welcome you to visit our office to take advantage of the services we provide.

Harper County, KS
201 N. Jennings Ave.
Anthony, KS  67003
Ph: 1-877-537-2110