The Kansas Department of Commerce announced the winners of the 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence during Business Appreciation Month at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet, Emporia State University on June 6th. Clay County Medical Center was one of 19 regional winners.
Statewide, 68 businesses were nominated for this award, including four categories -manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit. The intent of the program is to recognize Kansas businesses for their contributions to the local and state economy. Business Appreciation Month is the state's way of recognizing Kansas businesses for all they do to keep Kansas strong as the foundation of the economy, communities and overall quality of life.
The first step of the process is for businesses to be nominated for the award. Chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, small business development centers, organizations and individuals nominates companies for the awards program. Clay County Medical Center was nominated by the Clay Center Chamber of Commerce. Vern Swanson interviewed hospital personnel prior to submitting the nomination on behalf of the Chamber.
Nominations were accepted through late March, evaluated during the month of April and presented in June. Award qualifications include:
- Business expansion in Kansas
- Successful employee retention and recruitment practices
- Employee training/educational programs
- Capital investment in Kansas
- Support of local activities including school activities, community events, economic development and leadership programs
Austin Gillard, CEO commented, “We are honored the Chamber of Commerce nominated us for this award. We support many volunteer activities as well as having dedicated employees who continue that spirit of volunteerism beyond the workday. As the second largest employer in the County, we have a responsibility to encourage educational advancement. We are expanding our facility, positioning Clay County Medical Center to serve the healthcare needs of this community for many years to come.”