We are happy to introduce to you Dennis Fry RN! Even though Dennis has only been with us since February, he is already known for his level-headedness and is well respected for his skills and calm demeanor. Those are great qualities for a nurse to have and we are thankful we had the good fortune of hiring him after the closure of Fort Scott, Mercy. He worked for them 23 years in the ER/EMS department. Dennis was hired for our Emergency Room, but you might also see him in Med/Surg and ICU – he helps out where needed.
Dennis resides in Hiattville, Kansas with his wife of 28 years, Julie, and their four children. His oldest, Hannah, will be getting married in October. His second child, Gavin, is a sophomore at K-State and his younger two children attend Uniontown High School. Gwen is a sophomore and Byron is in 8th grade. Dennis has lived there all of his life and currently lives just a half mile from his parents. In addition to being a full-time nurse, he also has a farm with 65 cows! Between the cows and the kids 4H activities he stays very busy in his “spare” time!
Dennis appreciates the hometown feel of Girard Medical Center and is happy that he works in a smaller hospital. “You know who you are taking care of,” he said. “You get to see the same people and get to know them.”
We’re glad to get the chance to know Dennis and are happy to have him as part of our team!
We introduce to you our new Director of Nutritional Services – Toni Pommier!
Toni comes to us with a lot of experience! She has been a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) for over 35 years – she received her certification at the University of North Dakota. Prior to that she obtained her Associates Degree from Penn State. She is a current member (and past state officer) of the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals. Through that program she was named Certified Dietary Manager of the year in 2018!
Toni worked for 32 years at Medicalodge as a traveling dietary coordinator. And she did a LOT of traveling – over 1.5 million miles within the 4 states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma during her tenure there!
She is happy to be close to home now so she can see her family more. Toni and her husband, Randy, have been married almost 48 years and live in Girard. They had all boys and 3 of the 4 were born at GMC as well as her grandson! Toni is glad she lives close to her grandson – partially because of his 5 month old daughter she now gets to spoil. “I have the most beautiful great granddaughter you have ever seen,” she said. “And I just bought her 15 new outfits and 2 new toys this weekend!”
Toni already feels very comfortable in her new position. “Unlike most hospitals, Girard Medical Center is not overwhelming at all,” she said. “I love my staff and everyone is so friendly.” Toni has just been here for 2 months but she said coming to work here was like coming home.
Welcome to our GMC family, Toni! We are glad you are here! #OurGMCTeam
Girard was blessed 20 years ago when Dr. Salvador chose to move here from Colorado to begin her practice! There’s nothing we can say that her patients don’t already know. Her reputation speaks for itself and it is loud and clear – she is truly cherished for her skills and compassion.
One of the reasons Dr. Salvador became a physician was because of her great respect for the oncologist who cared for grandmother. “The doctor took such great care of her and gave her a good quality of life,” she said. “I was just so appreciative of him and I wanted to give that kind of care to others.”
When asked what she likes about being a Family Practice physician she said, “I love that I have been able to watch the little ones that I have cared for graduate from high school. It’s special being able to care for multiple generations in a family.”
Dr. Lisa loves Girard – she grew up in a small farming community in northeastern Colorado and felt right at home as soon as she moved here. She married Dr. Robert Huebner on July 27, 2002 and she said that he gave her the greatest gift she ever received… their son, Mason. Dr. Huebner passed away in 2015 and he, too, was a very well-respected physician with GMC for almost 20 years! Dr. Huebner and Dr. Salvador were a great team and she continues to carry on their legacy.
GMC appreciates Dr. Salvador for her contributions to the Girard community (and beyond)! We are grateful for her loyalty, dedication, skills, and kind-heartedness toward all her patients. And if that weren’t enough, her sense of humor always keeps things interesting! We look forward to the next 20 years with her!
We hope you join us for the 5K run/walk on September 7th! This is open to the public. Please complete the registration form and drop it by the hospital, fax it to 620.724.5195 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girard Medical Center will be the host of the Alzheimer's Association Remote Learning Series. Each session will be held the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the GMC Classroom. All are welcome to come for this free monthly program to learn about memory disorders and the challenges associated with managing them. Call 800.272.3900 to register.