Topeka mourns a special health care leader

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Midland Care Vice President of Compliance Harmony Hines died in mid-February at the age of 54, following a long battle with cancer. Harmony had of life full of service and of caring. She epitomized her name.

She graduated from Washburn University School of Nursing in 1987, with jobs at Memorial Hospital and then the Menninger Clinic. At Menninger’s her first job was as a charge nurse working with adolescents, then in a care coordinator position and eventually to Corporate Compliance. Her work with Menninger’s for more than thirteen years gave her experience clinically, as a supervisor, and in administration. All of those experiences coupled with her natural ability for teaching, analytical thinking and ability to inspire and gain the confidence of others moved her quickly to a place of leadership at Midland Care, which she joined in 2002.

Initially hired as Education Coordinator, a job she only held for a couple of years, her knowledge, communication skills, work ethic and commitment to quality moved her to the forefront and she became the Director of Quality and Compliance. Within a year she was promoted to the Vice President of Operations and Program Integrity, and later, with organizational growth, her duties became more focused and she transitioned to the Vice President of Quality and Compliance. For more than seventeen years she helped drive the strategic initiatives of the organization while ensuring the quality of care remained the highest it could be.

A lifelong learner, Harmony continued to grow personally and professionally, seeking opportunities for education whenever possible. She focused on regulatory compliance, end of life care, HIPAA and Lean Six Sigma.

In addition to a commitment of learning, she was also a frequent presenter at conferences for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), as well as the National PACE Association (NPA). She was a past member of the NPA Education Committee and most recently served as the committee chairperson for the collaborative formed by NPA for Lean Six Sigma adaptation across multiple PACE organizations in the United States.

Locally, Harmony was involved in many community committees and task groups, but her most favorite was as a board member for Heartland Honor Flight, a non-profit dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.

Her leadership, mentorship, friendship and her very presence will be missed by many. Healthcare in Topeka has been better because she dedicated so many years to that mission. She believed that we could, and should, make life a little easier for those who come to us for help. Now it’s our job to be true to her legacy.


Source: Midland Care

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