When the facility was called Central Kansas Medical Center, Meredith Joiner started as a registered nurse, and later become director of nursing and then a recruiter. Now that it is called St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, Joiner’s new title is executive director of physician enterprise.
"This means that my main responsibilities are oversight and management of the day-to-day operations at all five of our great clinics," Joiner explained.
These St. Rose-owned clinics are Great Bend Internists, St. Joseph Family Medicine, Central Kansas Surgical Care, Central Kansas Orthopaedics and the Central Kansas Women’s Health Center.
"Our goal is growth in services at our clinics," Joiner said. "We want to provide people with a trusted doctor because we realize how important these relationships can be. Your doctor is like part of your family.
"We also want to emphasize the fact that we are all one," Joiner continued. "This helps with teamwork among employees and we are working on a lot of cross-training. This kind of consistency and rapport among the St. Rose team ultimately is good for the patients and their families."
Joiner also noted that there are many years of combined experience among the clinics’ employees, "which makes my job a lot easier. All clinic staff members are dedicated to providing the highest quality health care possible," she said.
Her nearly eight years of experience at St. Rose is also helping Joiner adapt to her new position.
"My years here have given me a lot of insight into our overall operations," she commented. "I have walked in a lot of shoes here, and know everyone. This kind of background helps me use all our resources more efficiently and effectively."
Joiner is a 1999 Great Bend High School graduate and earned her bachelor’s in nursing in 2003 at Baker University.
Dr. Jean Pringle of Great Bend Internists said St. Rose is fortunate to have someone of Joiner’s skills in this new position.
"We are pleased to have Meredith working with the clinics," Dr. Pringle said. "She has the problem-solving skills and the energy needed to keep up with the daily challenges and frequent changes associated with providing outpatient medical care."