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Our Recruiters and Staff

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Welcome to The University of Kansas Health System! We would love to discuss our current career opportunities with you. As the recruitment team, we serve as your contact in human resources throughout the application and interview process. We look forward to chatting with you soon!

Meet the recruitment team

  Bret Fischer, Talent Acquisition Manager

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Alicia Bacon, Recruiter

I joined The University of Kansas Health System in May 2017. I am honored to work for an organization with an outstanding reputation and one that truly cares about providing excellent care. The culture, leadership and teamwork are unbeatable. With more than seven years of healthcare recruiting experience, I love helping others develop and find a career path in the industry. I currently recruit critical care nurses. This includes the Emergency Department, Surgical ICU, Neuroscience ICU, Landon Center on Aging, Neuroscience and ENT Surgery, Epilepsy Center, Inpatient Burn Center, Wound and Burn Clinic, Medical Transplant ICU, Medical ICU and Medical Surgical ICU. Recruiting for our health system allows me to hire top talent who will provide the best patient care. To learn about our current and future opportunities, please contact me. I look forward to working with you.
Anne Yurkovich

Anne Yurkovich, Recruiter

I began my career with The University of Kansas Health System in June 2010 as a recruiter. I currently work with advanced practice providers and some of our ambulatory clinics to find top talent for the organization. I feel privileged to tell people that I work here, at a prestigious academic medical center and the best health system in the city. In December 2012, I became a patient for the first time, giving birth to my first child. As that day unfolded, I experienced a small complication during childbirth. The team discovered the complication and saved me from something that could have been much worse. They truly saved my life. I am passionate about hiring people who save lives and would love to tell you more about our health system and the amazing things happening here.

Gina Salazar

Gina Salazar, Senior Recruiter

I am proud to say I work for The University of Kansas Health System.  I have worked here for many years and what keeps me here is our outstanding reputation and the team I work with.  It’s not just the recruitment team, but the team of managers that I’ve been honored to partner with in order to hire the best.  I enjoy interacting with potential candidates who have a passion for nursing and helping them advance in their careers.  It is very rewarding to know you work for the best health system and are hiring the best nursing staff that take such excellent care of our patients. I currently hire top talent for the medical care inpatient areas including Hematology/Oncology, Internal Medicine, and Rehab Medicine as well as some nursing director positions.

Nicole Kisling

Nicole Kisling, Recruiter

I truly love working for The University of Kansas Health System for many reasons. One of them is that we are all here to help patients. It’s that simple. Whether we work directly in patient care or behind the scenes, we all share the same goal: to put the patient first and provide the very best care. I love helping people and knowing that I work for an organization that helps people every day is gratifying. Our workplace feels very family-oriented even as we grow – our big team feels small and connected! 

I recruit for our Cancer Center locations, including one in Westwood, Kansas, and eight other community locations. I also recruit for our Ambulatory clinics, including Primary Care and Urgent Care.


Colette Turner, Recruiter

I began my career with The University of Kansas Health System in December 2008, my first job out of college. The health system provided many career opportunities for me to advance. I love working at such a progressive health system that’s focused on putting the patient's needs first. I take great pride knowing that as I recruit talented people, I am also contributing to the excellent patient care we are known for. I currently partner with Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Nutrition to hire top talent. I enjoy getting to know my department's needs and creating relationships with the hiring managers.

Steven Griffin
Steven Griffin, Recruiter

I bring more than 10 years of recruitment and administrative experience, including more than 20 years of leadership experience, to the health system. Since 2015, I have held a recruitment role with primary focus on the support services areas of the health system. My 31 years of military experience give me a unique insight to individuals at all levels of the professional spectrum. Before joining The University of Kansas Health System, I held various recruitment positions across the central U.S., along with operational and training supervisory positions. This provided me with hands-on experience at both the manager and senior manager levels. I’m married with three daughters and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

Ashely Suratt

Ashley Suratt, Talent Acquisition Sourcing Partner

I have more than 10 years of recruitment experience, which includes a wide variety of professions and industries. For seven of those years, I have focused on my passion – healthcare. I believe clinical, non-clinical and IT staff members all contribute to the overall patient experience. It’s important to have the right people in these roles to keep things moving forward and provide a positive patient experience. How these teams work together is the key to a successful health system. I love helping people find their career path within our organization and use their skills and strengths to benefit our patients. It excites me to know that the people we hire are improving the lives of our patients.

Jenanne Wilson

Jenanne Wilson, Talent Acquisition Sourcing Specialist

I am always proud to tell people that I work for The University of Kansas Health System, not just because of the prestigious reputation we have, but because the culture and environment offer something that can’t be described. No matter where I am in the hospital, I am always greeted with a warm welcome and comforting smile. You get to see people doing what they were put on this earth to do, and it is humbling and awe-inspiring. It’s my passion to bring talented individuals into our health system and find them positions in which they can succeed and grow, just as I have been able to do.

Ar Lor

Ar Lor, Talent Acquisition Sourcing Specialist

I joined The University of Kansas Health System as a talent acquisition sourcing specialist in 2017. My joy is being a matchmaker for the healthcare system and top healthcare professionals. We are an organization focused on excellence, patient care and healthcare education. My small part in this big picture is to bring the best people to the right roles so we can continue to advance toward leading the nation in healthcare. Throughout the process, I have the unique opportunity of connecting with top-performing talent, building relationships and helping them take their career to the next level. I help support many different areas such as our Ambulatory Services, Maternal Child, Cardiology, Behavioral Health and Cancer Center.

  Tracy Dickens, Nurse Recruiter Specialist

I have been recruiting in healthcare for approximately six years, the last five dedicated to nursing. Recently, I was honored to join The University of Kansas Health System recruitment team as a nurse recruitment specialist. I take my responsibility for providing our patients with outstanding nursing staff very seriously. When my son made his debut into the world six weeks early, the nurses who I had helped recruit in the years before were suddenly the ones responsible for his care. That experience allowed me to see how much I can positively impact our patients through the careful selection of our nationally recognized nursing staff. Each of our nurses began his or her career because of a passion and a need to help others. They carry that same passion with them every day, as they care for our patients.
Andrea Goldring

Andrea Goldring, Recruiter

I began my career with The University of Kansas Health System in July 2012. In 2015, I became a recruiter on the talent acquisition team. I am currently supporting all of Radiology Services, Rehab Services, Lab Services, Respiratory Therapy and Sports Medicine. I have seen the drastic growth the system has gone through and feel privileged to be a part of such an outstanding organization. We have earned a variety of different rewards and national recognition for the excellent patient care we provide. We strive to be the best in the nation and continue to grow rapidly. To be a successful recruiter in any industry, you must truly believe in the organization. I believe in our health system and what we do every day for our patients, and I am honored to work for such a prestigious healthcare organization. I take time to build relationships with each of my business partners to learn about their specialty area and their needs. I strive to provide top customer service to all my applicants and managers. And I take great pride in finding top talent to join our outstanding team.

Kourtney Welch

Kourtney Welch, Recruiter

I joined The University of Kansas Health System for the culture, mission and values. I am proud to be a member of a talent acquisition team that seeks out the best talent to provide world-class care to our patients and their families. I currently recruit for a variety of business units, including Organizational Improvement, Strategic Development and Supply Chain. The innovation that happens in our health system is inspiring, and I am honored to be surrounded every day by passionate people with one common goal.

Sami Serrano

Sami Serrano, Recruiter

I have been a recruiter for six years and started working as a nursing recruiter at The University of Kansas Health System in 2016. I am both humbled and honored to be working for one of the best, most prestigious hospitals in the nation. The University of Kansas Health System is my home away from home. The thing I love most about working here is the fact that every single employee has one unique common goal in mind – to provide the best care to our patients, day in and day out. I wouldn’t want to be a part of any other team. We are one, always striving to be the best that we can be. I currently recruit for Maternal/Child, Cardiology and Float Pool.

Megan Smith

Megan Smith, Recruiter

I have worked in Human Resources for 12 years, holding different roles throughout the insurance industry and within healthcare. Of all positions, I enjoy recruitment the most. Initially, I chose The University of Kansas Health System because of the flexibility it offered and the quick commute from my home. After being here a couple of years, I have a different reason for being here. Now, the overall quality and prestige of the health system speak volumes for me. I am proud to be at a place that allows for and encourages growth for the staff and excellent care for the patients. It’s not just a place I go to work, but a place I can come and feel like I’ve made a difference. The University of Kansas Health System has so much to offer to anyone, from a person who is looking to work in nursing to the person who wants to progress in the IT field. Currently I recruit for the Business Support Service areas.

Colleen Peterson

Colleen Peterson, Recruiter

I am fortunate and proud to have been with The University of Kansas Health System for nearly 20 years. It’s been exciting to see the many well-deserved accolades we have received and be a part of the growth that has made the health system one of the best in the nation. I have a passion for helping others. Being on the talent acquisition team allows me to partner with those professionals who also want to be excited about working with one of the nation’s leading health systems. I’m honored to have the opportunity to match prospective staff whose vision matches ours to the right position so they can deliver exceptional patient care. I currently assist the health system’s ambulatory services for their recruitment needs and analysis.

Kelli Heathman

Kelli Healthman, Recruiter

I have always wanted to belong to a team that made work not only fun but meaningful. Coming from a social work background, I have always had a passion for helping people and helping organizations reach new heights. Working at The University of Kansas Health System has allowed me to find the best of the best individuals to work here. And I feel confident knowing we hire so many amazing individuals to help take care of our patients! I recruit for our Behavioral Health facilities, as well as our inpatient Psychiatric and Case Management units. I am proud to be a recruiter here at the health system and proud to stand behind such an amazing and reputable team and hospital.

Karie Slickman
Karie Slickman, Recruiter

I am so thrilled to work for The University of Kansas Health System. I began my career here in June 2017. Before that, I spent four years recruiting for a medical staffing agency that hired registered nurses. Although I loved every minute of it, I knew working in the fast-paced and caring atmosphere of a hospital was where I truly wanted to be. And what better place than The University of Kansas Health System? I find so much comfort knowing our main focus is to always put the patient first. It is a privilege to work in such a prestigious hospital with the best reputation in the Kansas City area. Working each day to match passionate individuals to their dream job is something that can’t be beat – this is truly the place for me! I am a nursing recruiter and hire top talent for the Medical Progressive and Surgical Care units.

Emily Bray, Recruiter

It’s exciting to work for an organization that is continuously evolving to meet the needs of patients nationwide. Not only do I get to work for the best hospital in the region, but I also get to work with people I enjoy, doing something I love. Each day I am faced with new goals that are both challenging and rewarding. I feel fortunate to work with a team that collectively works to better the organization by recruiting top talent. Through internal collaboration, we help people grow professionally and help build strong unified teams that impact the lives of the communities we serve. I currently specialize in recruitment for our ambulatory service lines.

Lindsey Long
Lindsey Long, Recruiter

I joined The University of Kansas Health System as a Recruiter in 2017. I am so honored to work for a top-notch organization that is providing the best patient care. I have been in Human Resources for 5 years and in recruiting for the last 3 years. I love being able to work with candidates to find where their passion lies and how I can best match that with an opportunity here. I currently recruit for Perioperative and Procedural Services. This includes the Operating Rooms, Pre/Post, Preoperative Assessment Clinic, Neurodiagnostics and OR Perfusion. I love being able to play a small part in making a difference in healthcare! To learn more about our current and future opportunities, please contact me. I look forward to speaking with you.
Janelle Johnston

Janelle Johnston, Lead Recruitment Tech

I’m a Kansas native, beginning my career with The University of Kansas Health System in February 2012. As the lead recruitment technician, I focus on candidate-experience process improvement efforts and serve as a resource to the recruitment technicians and the talent acquisition team. Janelle also plays an active role in special projects and quality outcomes for the team and organization. I have a passion for healthcare and human resources, so I take pride in working at one of the best health systems in the nation and helping the entire population of employees make a positive impact on patients throughout the health system. Support, trust, respect and collaboration are some of the qualities displayed by each team member. This motivates me to bring top talent to the academic medical center.

Emalee Leigh

Emalee Leigh, Recruitment Tech

I joined The University of Kansas Health System as a recruitment technician in August 2016. I partnered with the tech team to provide new and existing employees a positive pre-boarding experience and a seamless transition into the organization. In November 2017, I transitioned out of my tech role and into an HR recruitment analyst position. As the user administrator of iCIMS, I have been able to leverage my talents in positivity, exactness and values throughout the ongoing change and development of our new ATS System. In my free time, I enjoy taking a ride on the wild side by bungee jumping, cannoning, scuba diving and various other outdoor activities and adventures. I also enjoy traveling with my partner to explore and learn about various cultures throughout the world.

 
Julian Gabriel
Julian Gabriel, Recruitment Technician
Not Pictured: Shanae Carr, Recruitment Technician
  Valaree Taylor, Recruitment Technician
  Serena Mabin, Office Specialist

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