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Elizabeth Gerhardt, MBA, BSN, FACHE Winner of the 2023 Early Careerist Award

January 30th, 2024, Holton, KS – In a significant recognition of professional excellence and leadership, Elizabeth Gerhardt, Director of Nursing at Holton Community Hospital, has been awarded the prestigious 2023 Early Careerist Award by the Kansas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The award ceremony, held at Holton Community Hospital, was graced by the presence of Wesley Hoyt, Regent for the Kansas chapter of ACHE.

The American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society, boasts over 48,000 healthcare executives and leaders across its 76 chapters. The Kansas Chapter alone supports over 460 members. The Early Careerist Award is a testament to an individual’s exceptional leadership capabilities, innovative approaches, and commitment to enhancing the stature and growth of their organization within the community. Recipients are recognized for their active participation in health association and civic activities, alongside their passion for leadership development.

Elizabeth Gerhardt, the shining recipient of this year’s award, has demonstrated these qualities in abundance. In her role as the Director of Nursing for Holton Community Hospital, where she has been serving for two years, Gerhardt has made significant contributions. Her journey in healthcare leadership is marked by a 13-year tenure at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, culminating in the role of Director of Specialties.  Elizabeth also serves on the Kansas Chapter of ACHE as a Committee Chair and a Board Member.  Mr. Hoyt recognized Mrs. Gerhardt’s efforts in organizing the educational efforts of the KACHE.

An alumna of Western Governors University with a Master’s in Business Administration, and Fort Hays State with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Gerhardt’s educational background is as impressive as her professional trajectory. Her status as a Fellow of the American College of Health Executives further solidifies her standing as a leader in the healthcare sector.

Under Gerhardt’s leadership, Holton Community Hospital has seen notable advancements in nursing practices and patient care. Her commitment to excellence and innovation in healthcare has not only elevated the hospital’s standing in the community but has also inspired her colleagues and peers.

The Early Young Careerist Award acknowledges these formidable contributions and positions Elizabeth Gerhardt as a role model for aspiring healthcare executives. Her achievements are a beacon of inspiration, showcasing the impact of dedicated leadership in the healthcare industry.

Wesley Hoyt, Regent for KACHE and Elizabeth Gerhardt, Dir. of Nursing for HCH

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