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Posted on: December 11, 2019

New CMA enjoys working with people, helping them

Ange Ericksen

When Ange Ericksen started as a new Certified Medical Assistant on Nov. 25, she was a familiar face around the Health Department’s Clinic.

Ange had served most recently as Heartland Community Health Center’s medication program assistant and referral coordinator.

“I would come down here to get signatures from Dr. Mincher on medication applications often,” she said. “And years earlier much of the lab equipment from Health Care Access was here, so I would come teach Heartland staff how to maintain it and run it.”

She had started with the former Health Care Access clinic in 2015, where she met Community Health Director Beth Llewellyn, HCA’s CEO at the time, and Clinic Services Director Linda Craig, who was HCA’s clinic director. Her relationship with both was a factor in her decision to join the Health Department.

“As a medical assistant, Ange brings a variety of talents to the Health Department. She has worked in safety-net clinics since receiving her certification,” Linda said. “Her experience includes inventory management, lab management, phlebotomy and patient care. We are excited to have her join our team.”

Healthcare Access and Heartland merged in 2018.

Ange said in her new role with the Health Department she is looking forward to broadening her experience and serving patients in different ways as she assists in the nursing clinic services, the STI clinic and women’s health services.

“I basically wanted a change of pace from the fast-paced clinic, and I wanted to see what else there was involved in healthcare, versus the acute disorders and diseases and things like that,” she said.

Serving in a clinic setting and possibly becoming an LPN or RN some day is not a surprise for those who knew her as a child, Ange said, as she often talked about it growing up in Baldwin City. Her grandmother was a nurse at Osawatomie State Hospital.

But she hasn’t always worked in the healthcare field as an adult. After working in Missouri as a certified nursing assistant in an Alzheimer’s care unit, she returned to Douglas County and North Lawrence in 2006 where she was an assistant manager at a convenience store there.

“I liked working with people, but the convenience store life was wearing on me,” Ange said. “It was time to move on. I just like to be able to help people in all walks of life.”

She is excited also about learning more about the Health Department’s work in broader community health and improving health disparities.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family. Her youngest son, Denan, recently graduated from Free State High School and works as a New York Elementary paraeducator. Her daughter, Shyanne Baxter is a senior studying accounting at Pittsburg State University.

And she is excited for her oldest son, Marine Staff Sgt. Kyler Henricks, to move back to Salina from California soon. He is a Marine Corps recruiter.

When he does move with his family to Kansas, all three of her grandchildren, ages 3, 2, and 1, will all be in the area.