Since June 2001, she has been employed as a nurse in the Emergency department of Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, where she was honored both as employee of the month (after three months there) and employee of the year (after one year).
She continues to serve in the Hillsboro community by assisting ophthalmologist Terria Winn with cataract surgeries.
In addition to her years of employment in Hillsboro and Wichita, Hett worked for about a year as a house supervisor and medical floor staff nurse at St. Mary Hospital in Manhattan.
Since 1998, she has been a certified lactation counselor, and since 1999, has owned Best Beginnings, which provides lactation support and supplies to breast-feeding mothers.
She has been married to Al Hett, the safety and compliance officer at Countryside Feeds in Hillsboro, for almost 37 years. They have four children and three grandchildren.
Hett?s HCMC co-workers Velma Hadley, a 1958 Bethel Deaconess Hospital nursing graduate, and Nancy Kaufman, a 1982 Bethel College nursing graduate, wrote in a letter nominating Hett as an outstanding alumna:
?We are (deeply) appreciative of Arlene?s contribution to our community and honored to have her represent us in the health-care profession. She has given so much to us and the community that we desire for her to be recognized for her dedication and service to health care.?
The Outstanding Alumnus Award is given on the basis of dedication to the nursing profession, demonstrated leadership ability and creativity, and outstanding professionalism, to an alumnus who has promoted and elevated the general nursing image and is held in high regard by peers and the community.
Hett and other alumni award winners will be honored at the annual Alumni Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, in Memorial Hall.