Michael N. “Mike” Sinclair, 67, Plainville, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at the Rooks County Health Center after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born Nov. 30, 1949, in Springfield, Minn., to Dean N. and Patricia (McCormack) Sinclair. He graduated from Wabasso High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in hospital administration from Southwest Minnesota State.
He married Karen M. Beranek on Jan. 31, 1981, in Libby, Mont. He joined Rooks County Health Center in 2009 and under his guidance the hospital experienced exceptional growth and he used his leadership abilities to establish a team culture. He unified relationships throughout the hospital as well as the county, creating a culture that was one of teamwork with the mindset that health and safety should be first and foremost in all initiatives. He oversaw the opening of the Stockton Medical Clinic and was vital to the recruiting of providers to staff the clinic. He broadened RCH’s footprint even further, beyond the county’s borders, with the opening of Doctors Without Delay, the first daily walk-in clinic offered in Northwest Kansas. Most recently he lent his foresight to unify the county’s pre-hospital care to be coordinated via one Emergency Medical Services provider rather than through separate entities for each city. During his tenure, RCH earned national recognition being named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S. by Becker’s Hospital Review. RCH received the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative 2017 Leadership in Quality Award of Merit for innovation and quality improvement, one of only three Kansas Hospitals honored. He was instrumental in numerous hospital and service expansions at RCH including Doula and Lactation services, on-site MRI and Nuclear Medicine services, Physical Therapy and Cardiac Rehabilitation, and a new zero-entry pool and walking track for the community. He was in the U.S. States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1974 with the rank of Sergeant.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a Rural Hospital Coalition, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield panel, and was a tireless advocate for rural health care.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and horseback riding.
Survivors include his wife, of the home in Plainville, a son; Nolan Sinclair, Plainville, two daughters, Ann Klein and husband, Chad, Portland, Ore., and Christine Dial and husband, Skylar, Idaho Falls, Idaho; three brothers, Patrick Sinclair and wife, Dorothy, St. Louis, Mo., Dean Sinclair and wife, Mary Jane, Tallahassee, Fla., and Kevin Sinclair and wife, Joan, Wabasso, Minn., a sister, Sheila Snyder and husband, Elvin, Junction City, Ore.; his father-in-law, George Beranek, Hays, two grandchildren; Alexandra and Braxton Dial; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister; Sandra Fuhr; and his mother-in-law, Marie Frances Beranek.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Plainville; private family inurnment will be at a later date.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Monday, all at the church.
A vigil will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Rooks County Health Center Foundation or Plainville Cardinals Booster Club, in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.