2 clinical nurse managers hired for new hospital

Melissa Evraets and Jo Clepper have been hired as the first two clinical nurse managers for the new hospital that Via Christi Regional Medical Center is building in far west Wichita.

Evraets will manage the medical/surgical unit; Clepper will manage the emergency department. Both began their duties a week ago. Evraets joins Via Christi from Wichita Surgical Specialists. Clepper recently complete her master's degree in health care administration and begin work on her master of science in nursing degree; before that, she was unit care coordinator of emergency services at Galichia Heart Hospital.

Interviews are under way for three other clinical nurse manager positions for the new hospital, being built near 21st Street and 151st Street West.