Curtis Flax reached 10 years of service with Nex-Tech on Dec. 18. He is the technical services supervisor based in Hays.

Patrick Trapp reached 20 years of service with Nex-Tech on Dec. 23. He is a systems engineer based in Victoria.

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Tammy Peterman, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at the University of Kansas Hospital, is part of the 2016 class of American Academy of Nursing Fellows. She is one of approximately 2,400 nurses in the academy out of nearly 4 million nurses nationwide to receive the honor, and the only nurse from Kansas honored in this year’s class.

The American Academy of Nursing Fellow serves the public and the nursing profession by creating and executing knowledge-driving and policy related initiatives in order to advance and improve America’s health-care system. To be inducted as a fellow, a nurse must be recognized by her peers as having had significant influence on the profession of nursing; one must also be a recognized contributor and innovator in healthcare policy, practice or research, and must have shared that innovation in order to impact the practice of health care delivery.

Peterman, MS, RN, FAAN, has been with the hospital since her graduation from the University of Kansas School of Nursing and has moved through the ranks, having started as a staff nurse. Peterman was named chief nursing officer in 2001; in addition, she accepted executive vice president and chief operating officer responsibilities in May 2007.

Peterman has a master’s degree in nursing, as well as a certification in advanced nursing administration. She is a native of Stockton and was named the 2006 Distinguished Nursing Alumna by the Kansas University Nurses Alumni Association. Peterman has served in various nursing organizations.

As chief nursing officer, Peterman helped establish a patient-centered culture within the Department of Nursing, as evidenced by the highest patient satisfaction scores in the history of the hospital. Under her leadership, the University of Kansas Hospital has become one of only 3.7 percent of hospitals to earn prestigious Magnet designation three consecutive times. Magnet designation means a hospital outperforms others and is statistically proven to have higher quality care, better patient outcomes and higher nurse retention. Magnet-designated organizations involve nursing in decision-making at every level, and have robust systems that promote advancing nursing practice and healthcare delivery.

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Kristi Schmitt became the Officer in Charge of Task Force Broncbuster Jan. 8.

Task Force Broncbuster is a partnership between the Kansas Army and Air National Guard, and Garden City Community College. The Task Force Broncbuster partnership is the first of its kind amongst community colleges in Kansas. The new linkage will provide an opportunity for soldiers to gain valuable civilian and military education in a traditional student setting on the Garden City Community College campus.

Schmitt is a graduate of Fort Hays State University, receiving her bachelor of science in nursing and the University of Kansas, receiving her master’s in nursing, family nurse practitioner degree.

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The law firm of Hampton & Royce is announced its elevation of Lee Legleiter from associate attorney to a member of the firm. Legleiter has practiced with the firm since 2011 and has become an active member of the community. He represents individuals in the areas of tax and estate planning, probate and trust administration, and real estate matters. He also assists businesses with formation, commercial transactions, succession planning, and employee benefit plans.

Originally from Hays, Legleiter received his J.D. from the University of Kansas Law School and bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing from Kansas State University. He serves as a member of the board of directors for the Greater Salina Community Foundation, Salina Downtown Inc. and is a former board member for Coronado Area Council Boy Scouts. He is also a member of Salina Area Young Professionals, Ambucs, and is chairman of the Vision Committee for Salina 2020.

He and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Everett and Harper, and is the son of Mike and Sharolyn Legleiter, Hays.

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Eakin Enterprises has selected Aaron Tiday as employee of the third quarter for 2016. Tiday was selected from factors based on job performance and safety.

He is the operations manager for Eakin Enterprises Inc. He oversees the concrete plant operations in Larned, Great Bend and Hays in addition to the sand and gravel pits. He coordinates maintenance and repairs on trucks and equipment at all locations and helps with scheduling of jobs and deliveries. Tiday works with customers to help figure quantities and gets details, then makes and plan and puts it into motion and follows through to completion.

Eakin Enterprises, is located at 111 Main in Larned, with plant locations in Larned, Great Bend and Hays.

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