Via-Christi Ascension - Pittsburg President Drew Talbott, left, stands next to Judy Westhoff.

Drew Talbott receives the CHC/SEK Judy award  

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas has presented its annual Judy Award to Drew Talbott, President of Via-Christi Ascension, Pittsburg.  

The “Judy,” named after long-time community volunteer and CHC/SEK board member Judy Westhoff, is awarded to community members who have demonstrated outstanding support for the mission of the CHC/SEK.   

While making the presentation, Westhoff commented on Talbott’s speaking skills and leadership, adding, “Something you can always count on with Talbott is his never-ending smile.”  

During Talbott’s two decades at Ascension Via Christi, he has created strong relationships with CHC/SEK and other community partners, particularly ensuring access and services for the underserved. Talbott assisted CHC/SEK before it became its own independent organization.   

“From lending his IT expertise in the early days when we were located in the original trailer at 1700 N. Locust St., to the early 2000’s in his more recent role as President of our local hospital, Drew has sought ways to support the work of Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, both behind the scenes and publicly as well,” Westhoff said.  

Talbott has also worked collaboratively to transition the CareVan transportation program to CHC/SEK when it was no longer a viable service line for the hospital. He also served on the Mount Carmel Foundation Board and advocated for a lead gift of $1 million to CHC/SEK in constructing the Mount Carmel Hospice House.  

“Drew, thank you for all you have done for the Community Health Center and the community,” Westhoff says. “You have made this place a better place. We are so grateful for all you have done. I am pleased to present the Judy Award to you.”   

“When I think about the selflessness that it takes to serve a community, I think about Judy,” Talbott responded, applauding Westhoff for her selflessness and years of service in the community, including the CHC/SEK.   

“Certainly, just being mentioned in the same breath as Judy is an honor,” Talbott says. “Being a part of Community Health Center of Southeast has been my pleasure. It’s been a pleasure to be part of a community that cares and has individuals you can turn to for help when needed. Thank you very much.” 

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