Coffey Health System is among 19 businesses throughout Kansas recognized as regional winners in the Kansas Department of Commerce Governor’s Award of Excellence program. A plaque and letter from Governor Sam Brownback were presented at the CHS board meeting on July 24.

KDOC representative Barbara Anderson read Brownback’s message, which read, in part, “This award is an acknowledgement of your business’s outstanding contributions to your community, the state economy and the people of Kansas. I offer you my sincere congratulations. Every year, Business Appreciation Month gives us a chance to recognize businesses and entrepreneurs for their leadership which keeps our state and local economies strong…For that, we cannot thank you enough.”

Each year, the Commerce Department uses the month of June for its annual celebration of Kansas businesses and the contributions made to their communities and the state economy. Businesses are nominated in one of four categories: manufacturing/distribution, service, retail, and hospital/non-profit.

Coffey County Economic Development Director Stacy Haines nominated CHS for its role in the community.

“At a time when many rural hospitals are struggling and/or closing, this recognition showcases the strength and quality of our hospital and what an amazing asset Coffey Health System is as we recruit new industry and residents to our county,” Haines said.

The detailed nomination outlined the commitment of CHS and its employees to supporting local school programs and developing community leaders.

“This process shed a new light on our staff, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this team,” said Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “Our people are also coaches, mentors, volunteers, church leaders, school board members, and city council representatives. Our various departments and facilities work with area schools to support programs that give area youth opportunities to broaden their horizons and bridge generations.”

The nomination highlighted leadership roles in professional organizations, and included 26 state and national awards earned by CHS and individual staff members in the past five years.

CHS’s economic impact to the region was also an important factor. With an annual operating budget of $24 million and nearly 300 employees, the organization generates an estimated $30 million economic impact to the community.

“We are very fortunate to have Coffey Health System in our community. Not only does CHS provide stellar medical services, but it also supplies well paying jobs and gives back to our community,” Haines said. “They are well deserving of this award as a major employer and community asset for Coffey County.”

There were 19 regional winners and 44 merit winners for the Governor’s Award of Excellence. A complete list of Regional Winners of the 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence follows:

  • Southeast Kansas
    • Coffey Health System
    • Systech Environmental Corporation
    • Home Town Health Care
  • Southwest Kansas
    • Home Lumber Company
    • Kearny County Hospital
  • Southcentral Kansas
    • Winfield Public Library
    • Reedy Ford, Inc.
    • Mid Kansas Cooperative
  • Northeast Kansas
    • Clay County Medical Center
    • Inclusion Technologies, LLC
    • Valerie’s Gifts & Such
    • Webcom Resources
  • Northwest Kansas
    • A Fairpoint Knight
  • Eastcentral Kansas
    • Daylight Donuts of Kansas City
    • AnswerPro Limited
  • Northcentral
    • Rooks County Health Center
    • Crop Production Services
    • Central Veterinary Services, PA
    • Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Finalists for the Governor’s Award include:

  • Boot Hill Distillery
  • Cereal Ingredient, Inc.
  • CertainTeed Corporation
  • Community National Bank & Trust
  • United Telephone Association/United Wireless Communications, Inc.

“Business Appreciation Month gives the Commerce Department the opportunity to show its support, recognition and gratitude for the businesses who work hard to excel in the state of Kansas,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave. “These businesses that have been selected as winners of the 2017 Business Appreciation Month represent the dedication of Kansas workers, the resounding infrastructure that these businesses are built on and the level of support created by the state of Kansas, for every type of business.”

For additional information, please contact:
Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing
Coffey Health System
801 N. Fourth, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507