June’s Employee of the Month comes from a family dedicated to public service. Danielle Kitt, Medical Clerk at the Riley County Health Department Clinic, trained as an EMT and worked as an emergency dispatcher, her father was a paramedic and is currently a paramedic instructor at Barton County Community College, her mother works in library services for the school district, and her daughter just earned her Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certification and began work at a local nursing home. Danielle’s mom Diane joined her for the recognition ceremony at the County Commission meeting June 2nd.
“I’m overwhelmed and feel like I won something at the fair,” said Kitt. “They put my name on a sign in the parking lot! It’s just crazy!”
Kitt was nominated by two of her co-workers for her outstanding service to the community. Her job includes greeting and processing patients at the health clinic, preparing records, entering data, and answering phones. She regularly goes above and beyond in her service to patients and colleagues who describe her as someone with a caring heart.
“Danielle is always quick to help when needed and makes people happy to come to work,” says coworker Alyssa McCoy.
Danielle’s favorite part of the job is when someone comes to the window at the health clinic and she gets to say “we’ve got you, we can help you right now.” Kitt says the walk-in clinic is an important service and she has seen appointment numbers skyrocket since the health department switched to the walk-in service model in March of this year. The health clinic saw 1,294 walk-in patients from March 1 to May 31.
“I am just passionate about helping people,” said Kitt. “I always wanted to land somewhere in the healthcare field, and I couldn’t be more blessed than to be an employee at Riley County. We have got such a good camaraderie here in the clinic - I work with people who I consider close friends and it’s just wonderful down here.”
Kitt has worked for the Riley County Health Department for five years. After starting in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, she had the opportunity to join the health clinic and has enjoyed her time there.
“It makes me feel good to make sure people know we’re going to be here for them,” said Kitt. “If you have a need we can take care of in the clinic, we’re going to do that no matter who you are.”
We’re thrilled that Danielle has chosen a career with Riley County and look forward to many more years of working with her. Find more information about the health department, including job opportunities, at www.rileycountyks.gov.