May 20, 2020 (Topeka, Kan.) – After more than three decades of dedicated service, Karren Weichert, President/CEO announced Wednesday she will retire at the end of 2020 from Midland Care Connection, Inc.
For over 30 years, Weichert has been a pioneer and leader in responding to the most challenging health care needs in the community. She was Midland Care’s first employee and appointed executive director in 1990. Weichert grew Shawnee County’s first hospice provider from a small community organization to one that has served more than 100,000 patients and families across Midland Care’s continuum of care which now provides services in 21 counties across northeast Kansas.
Under Weichert’s leadership, Midland Care has become an integrated community care delivery system addressing social, physical and spiritual needs, improving quality of life for the aging population to keep seniors at home and independent longer, as a vital part of the community.
Midland Care provides hospice home care and hospice inpatient services, home health, palliative care, home support, Meals on Wheels, Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), assisted living, adult day care and residential care, as well as community wide grief counseling services.
“Karren has contributed 31 years of passionate dedication to Midland Care and her commitment and achievements will never be forgotten,” said Jeff Sorensen, Chairman of the Board, Midland Care Connection, Inc. “Her work ethic and devotion to those entrusted to our continuum of care have been exemplary. She has been a mentor to so many and her influence has made an indelible impact on generations of professionals throughout the country. I want to thank Karren for all she’s done for the patients and families of Midland Care and the entire community of northeast Kansas.”
Weichert has long advocated for those who need care and has spent many hours lobbying state and national lawmakers to make health care more accessible to the most vulnerable members of the community. Her efforts have been recognized by many, including the Sales and Marketing Executives of Topeka (SME), as the 2019 Executive of the Year, the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), which honored her as the 2018 Woman of Distinction, the YWCA Northeast Kansas’ nomination as a woman of excellence and the National PACE Association, which presented her with the Judy Baskins Volunteer Leadership Award.
In addition to the position of President/CEO for Midland Care, Weichert has held several positions of leadership in state and national associations and served on several boards and committees. She currently serves on the National PACE Association Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee, the National POLST Paradigm Advisory Committee, served on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Public Policy Committee, was a Governor Colyer appointee to the Palliative Care and Quality Of Life Advisory Council, appointee to KDADS CARE Advisory Council, is a member of the National Hospice Executive RoundTable, the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee and a member of Downtown Rotary.
“I cannot believe it’s been more than three decades since I started this journey,” said Karren Weichert, President/CEO, Midland Care Connection, Inc. “To have had the opportunity to work with such extraordinary people as I have through the years, has been a true privilege. I am leaving Midland with a heart of gratitude for all the moments I was so honored to experience with patients, families and staff. It is a work like no other and I’m blessed to have been a part of it for more than thirty years.”
Karren and her husband of 46 years, Ivan, have 3 children and 12 grandchildren which keeps them busy and young.
About Midland Care Connection, Inc. – Midland Care is a not-for-profit, community based organization providing options to families with challenging health care needs. Since 1978, Midland Care has touched lives through a range of health care services. For more information, visit www.midlandcareconnection.org.