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New administrator takes reins at nursing home

1/16/2014

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

Via Christi Village in Hays welcomed Grace Evans as its new administrator. Evans began Dec. 20 and oversees all aspects of long-term care.

CEO Amanda Atkisson runs the building in its entirety, while Evans is in charge of 96 beds.

Originally from Oakley, Evans said she is happy to be back in the area.

"I came from being the administrator at Homestead Health and Rehab in Garden City," she said. "My husband and I wanted to get back since he's very involved with the racetrack."

A graduate from Fort Hays State University, Evans is working on her master's degree in health care administration online through Ohio University. She received her undergraduate in gerontology and health and human services.

"I'm kind of continuing from long-term care to looking at hospital administration," she said. "I'm trying to get a whole roundabout view of the health care system."

Evans has been involved in long-term care since high school and said she always wanted to be in the field.

"I knew I wasn't nursing material," she said. "I wanted to make an impact elsewhere, so I can help out in a big-picture way as much as possible."

She said she still is in the process of settling in, but she is enjoying her time at Via Christi.

1She hopes to make Via Christi the prime facility for the Hays area.

"My overall long-term goal is to be able to serve the elders in my community and those surrounding the Hays area," Evans said.

"I am excited to grow in the Via Christi organization and make a difference for those we serve, as well as those who are employed within our organization."

She spends her free time taking care of a "very busy 15-month-old" and three dogs.

"We're very outdoorsy people, so we're looking forward to getting out in the summer," Evans said. "Nash is at the age where I'm excited to go to the pool and that type of thing."