Kim Hegemann seems to be a natural-born caretaker.
The basis of her life’s work has been helping others and has led her to a new role as an RN/Med A nurse in the health care neighborhood here at Fulton Presbyterian Manor. She started at Fulton on August 5, tracking Medicare payments and working with residents, staff and physicians on treatments.
The 57-year-old’s career began right after she graduated from nursing school. She worked for 20 years in a neonatal intensive care unit at a hospital in Columbia, Mo., before moving on to the Peace Corps, where she served for two years.
After her time in the Peace Corps, Kim figured she had spent 20 years caring for babies and now it was time to care for those in the last stages of life. She went to work for a senior care community as a director, eventually taking on the role of administrator.
Now the mother of three is excited to be working more closely with residents and their families at Fulton. She’s slowly becoming acclimated to the Fulton environment.
“Right now, I’m learning everybody’s names,” Kim said. “I’m excited to meet new residents and learn a different way of doing things.”
Kim said her favorite part of any position has always been the people.
“If you’re having a difficult day, you can sit down and talk to the residents and they make you feel good,” Kim said.