By Christopher M. Riggs Pam Stanberry served on the Guadalupe Clinic board for 15 years before stepping in as the diocesan health ministry’s director May 21. “I’m excited to be here at the Guadalupe Clinic,” she said last week. “It’s been a wonderful journey to get here. Everybody has been so kind in orienting me and making sure that I’m comfortable.” Stanberry, a registered nurse who holds a master’s degree in business administration, said she is happy to be able to help take care of the working poor. “The patients that we serve certainly are grateful,” she added. “There’s a mission here that can’t really be described. It’s an exciting opportunity to be of help to people that are trying as hard as they can to be able to make ends meet.” Stanberry said she believes both sites – the 940 S. St. Francis site and the 2825 S. Hillside site – will continue to grow. “One of the areas that the staff would like to see more of is being able to have more food – like a food pantry – that we could give out at both locations. So we will be working more to be able to do that.” One of her main focuses will be on getting more volunteer help from the medical community. More volunteer physicians, nurses, and therapists are needed to serve the growing needs at both sites, she said.
The clinic’s new director, who was most recently the CEO of Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital in Wichita, succeeds Marlene Dreiling who passed away unexpectedly after directing the clinic for 13 years. Stanberry has 25 years of hospital management experience, an MBA from City University, Spokane, Wash; a bachelor of arts in business marketing from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Wash; and registered nurse degree from University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. She was a Guadalupe Clinic board member and nursing volunteer from 1995 to 2011.
Are you a medical professional? Physicians, nurses, and therapists are needed by the Guadalupe Clinic. Those interested is assisting the working poor with their time and talent may go to the clinic’s page at www.cdowk.org, call (316) 264-8974, or email