STOCKTON — Local medical provider Genny Robben-Rahjes announced her upcoming retirement this month. A reception in her honor will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Stockton Medical Clinic, 107 S. Spruce.

Robben-Rahjes, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, received her bachelor of science in nursing from Fort Hays State University and her nurse practitioner certificate from the University of Kansas. After working in Smith Center, Phillipsburg, Hays and Osborne, she began working with the providers at Rooks County Health Center in 2003 before practicing at the newly opened SMC in 2011.

Along with many others, Robben-Rahjes played an important role in making SMC a reality.

“It had always been my ultimate goal for a quality health clinic in Stockton,” she said.

She and her husband, Leonard, donated the land for SMC and pitched in with fundraising to build the facility. She recalls preparing theme meals as fundraisers which filled the Parish Hall in Stockton to capacity and talking individually to potential donors about the need for a clinic.

Robben-Rahjes’ most vivid memories are of the sacrifices made by donors of limited means. She recalls a little girl who was standing with a group of potential donors. On hearing Robben-Rahjes’ passion for the project, the child piped up, “I have 50 cents,” which she immediately offered. Another time, a single mother of six gathered three large garbage bags full of aluminum cans for the cause.

“I know she needed that money for her family, but she wanted to do anything she could to give back to her community,” Robben-Rahjes said.

Retirement doesn’t look to be any less busy for Robben-Rahjes. She will be working on the farm near Kensington, gardening, cooking and doting on her granddaughter. Mission work for her church is also in the future.

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James Meier, PharmD, recently earned his board certification as an oncology pharmacist from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, the premier post-license certification organization serving the pharmacy profession.

A BPS board certified oncology pharmacist has the advanced knowledge and expertise to deal with an increasing number and complexity of drug therapies for treating and preventing cancer, manage cancer-related and drug-related adverse events or clinical situations not encountered in other disease states. BCOP can optimize outcome for patients with malignant diseases by: recommending, designing, implementing, monitoring and modifying pharmacotherapeutic plans; reducing medication errors; and recognizing and responding to adverse physical and emotional issues that might arise during treatment and when providing education and counseling.

Meier is the inpatient pharmacy supervisor and oncology pharmacist at HaysMed and has been with the hospital since 2011.