Monday, March 26, 2012

Ingram’s Magazine Selects Providence Associate and Saint John Oral Surgeon as 2012 “Heroes in Healthcare”

Ingram’s Magazine has named Joy Macek, C.N.A., an Emergency Services tech with Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.; and Larry Evans, D.D.S., an oral and maxillofacial surgeon on the Saint John Hospital medical staff, Leavenworth, Kan., as 2012 “Heroes in Healthcare.”

Macek was selected in the Professional Staff Achievement category and Dr. Evans in the Lifetime Service Achievement category. A profile and photograph of both was included in the February edition of Ingram’s. They also are being honored along with the other recipients at a special breakfast Feb. 25. 

Joy Macek, C.N.A.—  For Joy Macek, a milestone birthday served as the motivation to step outside her comfort zone and try something new. Macek began working in health care more than 30 years ago at the former Bethany Medical Center, first in patient registration and then as a unit secretary in the Emergency Services department.

After Providence and Bethany became affiliated several years later, she transferred to the Providence Emergency Services department, again working as a unit secretary. But in the busy department, she longed to try something different. When she turned 50, she went back to school to become a certified nursing assistant and moved to a new position as an emergency services technician.

Now, she enjoys caring for a wide variety of patients and the challenge of meeting their needs every day. But most importantly, she has surprised herself by learning new skills. Her supervisor describes Macek as self-motivated and an exemplary employee, someone who excels at all she does.

Whether she is giving a patient a drink of water or covering them with a warm blanket, Macek says an unexpected reward to her position is how much her patients appreciate everything she does for them. 

Larry Evans, D.D.S.— Every winter for nearly 20 years Larry D. Evans, D.D.S., an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with Saint John Hospital, has been traveling to a poverty-stricken area of Jamaica called Lawrence Tavern. There, he and several other health care professionals provide medical and dental care for hundreds of area residents over a matter of days.

The residents Dr. Evans treats walk for miles just to stand in line to see the doctor. Working in the Forest and Eleanor Haggard medical and dental clinic built specifically for this purpose, Dr. Evans pulls 500 to 800 teeth and performs 50 to 60 surgeries a day during his trip.

Dr. Evans has been practicing dentistry in Leavenworth and Wyandotte Counties for more than 30 years. While being active on the Providence and Saint John medical staffs, he served as the president of the Bethany Medical Center medical staff, and also was a hospital board director.

He also has served as a member of the Providence Saint John Foundation board; the Pittsburg State University Foundation board; and a board member of the Jamaica Partners Missionary Group. He also has served on the board of the Kansas City, Kan. Chamber of Commerce and the chairman of the board of Central Christian Church.