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Three advanced practice nurses join Heart of Kansas in Larned
Kara Keenan
Kara Keenan

LARNED — The three advanced practice registered nurses who recently began caring for patients at Heart of Kansas Family Heath Care in Larned bring about 75 years combined experience to the clinic.

Brett Middleton, Heart of Kansas chief executive officer, said “we are extremely excited” to have Kara Keenan, Bonnie Landgraf and Jenny Manry join the Heart of Kansas family.

“Each of these experienced, compassionate practitioners is a great asset to Heart of Kansas,” Middleton commented. “They are dedicated to their patients and families, as well as their community. Larned and nearby communities can count on high-quality service with a personal touch.

“We are looking forward to expanding our services in our Larned clinic,” he added. “Residents in this area deserve the best health-care services possible and these three professionals will help deliver them.”

Kara Keenan

Kara Keenan sees patients of all ages, providing care and treatment for acute and chronic concerns. She also offers women’s health services and is certified to administer Kansas Department of Transportation physicals.

“I wanted to care for patients at Heart of Kansas because of its community-minded philosophy,” Keenan said. “It is great to be in a clinic that cares for all patient populations, regardless of ability to pay.

“I have been a provider in the Larned community for 17 years,” Keenan added. “I love caring for multi-generations of families in this wonderful community. I have built trusting relationships over the years and am eager to care for even more families at Heart of Kansas.”

Keenan earned her bachelor of science in nursing in May 1995; a master’s of science in nursing in 2002; and a doctor of nurse practitioner in 2018. Each degree is from Fort Hays State University (FHSU).

Her background includes being a primary-care provider at Pawnee Valley Medical Associates, Trinity Medical Associates and St. Joseph Family Medicine, as well as nursing responsibilities at Edwards County Hospital and Centura Health. Keenan also was a nursing instructor at FHSU.

Bonnie Landgraf

Bonnie Landgraf, who specialized in pediatric nursing for 25 years, also cares for patients of all ages.

“I love seeing children from newborn through high school,” Landgraf commented. “I am dedicated to meeting the needs of growing families.

“This new position is gratifying because I want to be part of a growing clinic that believes in meeting the needs of the Larned community, regardless of the patient’s background or ability to pay.”

Landgraf is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., but after her older children completed high school “my family and I felt it was the perfect opportunity to move closer to my husband’s family in rural Kansas.

“From baseball to 4-H, we have captured life in rural America and truly love the Larned community and the people in it.”

Landgraf has been a registered nurse since 1990; she earned her bachelor of science in nursing at Ohio University in 2008 and her master of nursing in 2016 at Carlow University. She is currently enrolled in the doctor of nurse practitioner program at FHSU; graduation is expected next year.

Landgraf’s experience includes positions at Pawnee Valley Medical Clinic, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Pediatric Services of America. She also has served as a pediatric instructor at FHSU.

Jenny Manry

Jenny Manry also sees patients of all ages for acute and chronic issues, as well as for wellness exams.

“Patients can be assured I will listen closely to them,” Manry said. “I love caring not only for my patients but for their families as well. Heart of Kansas is the perfect setting for personal care. Also, I wanted to be here because of the Heart of Kansas focus on holistic patient care.”

Manry grew up in Larned and now has fulfilled one of her dreams.

“I always wanted to return to my hometown to care for patients,” she explained. “Whether someone needs same-day care and/or a long-term provider, I would be delighted to care for you and your family.”

Manry earned her bachelor of science in nursing in 1999 and a master of science in nursing in 2002, both at FHSU. She went on to get a doctorate of nursing practice in 2011 at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Her employment background includes Department Chair of Nursing and instructor at FHSU. Manry has held positions at Pawnee Valley Medical Associates, Trinity Medical Associates, Central Kansas Medical Center, Hays Medical Center, FHSU Student Health Center and Galichia Medical Group.