By Jacquelyn Nelson
Hesston Resident Louise Smith was awarded the Irene Heart Award from the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, which involves Harvey, Butler and Sedgwick Counties.
Smith is married to husband Wylie. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
After training at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood, California she worked as a x-ray technician for 26 years. She went back to school to take business and accounting classes to work on the business side of medicine. She started as a medical clerk and then as clinical coordinator at UK School of Medicine, Wichita. She then went to school at Schweitzer in Wichita to learn the business side of medicine.
After Medical School she managed a pediatric office and then went on to set up and manage an Oncology Practice until retirement. After retirement she served as Executive Director for Mid Kansas Cancer Foundation.
When the Smiths moved to Hesston Louise became involved with the beginning of the Hesston Area Senior Center (HAS)
She assisted the building committee in the selection of exterior coverings carpeting and interior décor.
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