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Research Medical Center employees receive continuing education awards from The Research Foundation

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (July 16, 2019) – The Research Foundation has awarded two Research Medical Center employees for their dedication to health care. Kaylie Graef is the 2019 recipient of the Hal M. Quinn Excellence in Nursing Award and Chelsea Alequin is the 2019 recipient of the Kathy DeGrande Award for Excellence.

Graef graduated from Research College of Nursing in 2017 and is now a nurse in the stroke and brain unit at Research Medical Center. She’s taken on several additional responsibilities as a relief charge nurse, preceptor for new hires and a new graduate nurse program facilitator. She received The Daisy Foundation’s D.A.I.S.Y. Award for demonstrating excellence through her clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care and was honored as Research Medical Center’s Rookie of the Year in 2018.

Alequin has a bachelor’s degree in health service administration and is an administrative secretary in the Transplant Institute at Research Medical Center. She has created a more efficient and positive environment for her unit’s nurses and administrative staff through patient driven work. Outside of work, Alequin participates in transplant picnics, the National Kidney Walk and transplant educational outreach programs. She is currently working toward a professional medical coder certification.

The Hal M. Quinn Excellence in Nursing Award was created in honor of former board member and chairman of The Research Foundation, Hal Quinn. Quinn passed away May 2013. The award provides $1,500 for continuing education to a nurse that excels in patient care.

The Kathy DeGrande Award for Excellence was created to honor Kathy DeGrande, former vice president and chief financial officer at Research Medical Center and Research Belton Hospital, now Belton Regional Medical Center. DeGrande passed away March 2000. The award provides $1,000 for continuing education to a full-time or part-time health care professional that is committed to excellence, abiding interest in the welfare of their co-workers, has a zest for life and a sense of humor.

Both awards are given annually to area health care professionals who work at hospitals in the region including Cass Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Liberty Hospital, Olathe Medical Center, Truman Medical Center and Western Missouri Medical Center.

The Research Foundation supports professional development in health care through several other continuing education opportunities. Click here to learn more.