Heartland Service Award

Toast to Our Towns

Toast to Our Towns

September 23, 2023

Organizations Helping the Heartland

When an organization goes above and beyond for its community, it is only fitting that we recognize their service. For that reason, the Heartland Service Award was created – as a special award in recognition of the board, staff, and volunteers of the organization and their years of service to their community.

In special recognition of their service to the community during the Covid-19 health crisis, The 2021 Heartland Service Award was presented to six local Healthcare Leaders. Each of these Healthcare heroes went above and beyond to answer the call—to aid people in need to the very best of their abilities, often under extreme and chaotic circumstances. Each of these individuals has saved countless lives, all while putting their own life on the line. Their steadfast resolve and leadership under pressure are an inspiration to us all.

2021 Heartland Service Award Honorees

Centerpoint Medical Center
Lorraine Duncan, MD, FACEP

Children's Mercy Hospital
Amy Latimer RN, BSN, MSN, CPN

Truman Medical Center Lakewood
Laura Anstaett Peckham, RN, MHA, MBA, NEA-BC

Lee's Summit Medical Center
J. C. Ireland, DO

Saint Luke's East Hospital, Lee's Summit
Susie Krug, RN, BSN, MHA, CENP

St. Mary's Hospital
Angela Haley, BSN, RN

Past Recipients of Special Awards

2020 – Junior Service League, Heartland Service Award
2019 – Drumm Center for Children, Heartland Service Award
2018 – Blue Ridge Bank and Trust, Community Partner Award
2016 – Community Services League, Heartland Service Award
2015 – Independence Young Matrons, Heartland Service Award
2012 – Carol Sue Bass, Kyle Conway, Lloyd Uptegrove, Carole Roper Park Vaughan, and Luva Vaughan, Founder’s Recognition
2012 – Community of Christ, Community Partner Award
2011 – Rotary District 6040, Heartland Service Award,
2007 – Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, Silver Legacy Award


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