2018 Caring Kind Winner
Karen Hart, LPN, is the 2018 Caring Kind Award Winner of Antelope Memorial Hospital. She was recognized for the award on Tuesday, May 8th during National Hospital Week.
Each year, the Nebraska Hospital Association honors employees from hospitals across the state as “Caring Kind” employees. The honored employee must exemplify the spirit of someone who gives that “something special” to others.
Karen was nominated and selected by her fellow AMH employees to win this prestigious award. Her nominations reflected the many positive qualities she brings to work each day. She has been employed at AMH for over 19 years. She first began work on the nursing floor. Currently, she works in cardiac rehab and surgery. She recently retired from the AMH Ambulance Squad after serving as an EMT for over 30 years. She plans to continue serving as the ambulance treasurer which she has done for over five years.
Karen’s nomination described her as being a very dependable employee while contributing to AMH in many ways through the years. Karen is full of positive energy that flows over to her co-workers and patients. She is always very kind to all and treats everyone with respect. It is felt she is very deserving of the Caring Kind Award!
“It’s an honor to win this special award,” said Karen. “I love my job ‒ and spending time with our patients. It truly fulfills me. Through the years my motto has always been the phrase ‒ ‘she gave’. I feel I know what our patients need and I truly enjoy helping them ‒ it’s very rewarding. I also enjoy working with my co-workers ‒ Antelope Memorial Hospital is truly a great place to work.”
Karen and her husband, Phil, reside in Neligh and have two children, Steve and Angela. Phil is employed by the Neligh Police Department and serves as an AMH EMT. Their son, Steve and his wife, Ronee, reside in Norfolk with their daughter, Lily. Steve also has two daughters, Brittni and Alexandria. Angela, and her husband, Adam Flores, reside in Neligh with their three sons, Nickolas, Eliczar and Ezra. The Harts also adopted two boys, Damien and Xavier, after providing foster care for them. They had also served as foster parents for five other children in earlier years. Karen’s sister, Diane Carpenter, works at AMH and also won the AMH Caring Kind Award in 2006. Karen’s hobbies include spending time with her family and singing in a gospel group called “Joy-Filled Sound, Inc.”
On Friday, October 26th, the Nebraska Hospital Association will host an award presentation at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in LaVista honoring Karen and other “Caring Kind Award” recipients in Nebraska.