HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System, recently recognized several nursing associates with awards. Shannon Toll, patient care technician in acute care was recognized with the Caring Hands PCT of the Year award. The PCT is an important part of the patient care team as they extend the care of the nurse through positive interaction with patients and visitors by anticipating needs.

The Lanita Smith LPN of the Year award was presented to Sharon Bittel, LPN at the Orthopedic Clinic. The LPN of the Year award is named after Smith, a former nurse who took pride in her role as an LPN and her ability to positively impact a patient’s life as a nurse in many different roles at HaysMed. The award honors an LPN who displays many of the same characteristics that Smith had including kindness, compassion, concern and friendliness all the while being a great member of the patient care team.