Employee Spotlight

Amy Smith, Cancer Center Director

Amy Smith originally started working at Ivinson as a CNA in 1997 while she was going to school. Originally planning to be a teacher, she shifted directions and chose to pursue a nursing career.

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Amy returned to Ivin­son in 2007 as a Reg­is­tered Nurse where she worked on our Sur­gi­cal and Pre-Op Units before tran­si­tion­ing to the Can­cer Cen­ter as an infu­sion nurse. Amy has been the Direc­tor of the Mered­ith and Jean­nie Ray Can­cer Cen­ter at Ivin­son for over five years.

Amy works to lead by exam­ple” and always do what is best for patients and her team.” She is the hap­pi­est when they get to ring the bells in the Can­cer Cen­ter, sig­ni­fy­ing that one more patient is offi­cial­ly in remis­sion. Amy and her staff have the spe­cial chance to be a part of their patients’ jour­neys through­out their can­cer treat­ment. We grow to be fam­i­ly,” Amy said, when speak­ing about the rela­tion­ships formed with patients. Amy’s desire to serve those around her is evi­dent in the way she leads her team, the way she treats her patients, and the way she lives her life. 

Amy went on her first med­ical mis­sion trip to Guatemala in 2008. The next year, in 2009, she trav­eled to Kenya with a group of vol­un­teers for a sur­gi­cal camp. Dur­ing her time in Kenya, she found her­self spend­ing what free time she had with the local peo­ple, learn­ing about the gaps that exist­ed in the edu­ca­tion of their youth. With the help of Dr. Jones, a Laramie Anes­the­si­ol­o­gist, Amy found­ed Amy’s Kids,” a non-prof­it that pro­vides the fund­ing need­ed to offer meals and edu­ca­tion to chil­dren liv­ing in extreme pover­ty in Malin­di, Kenya. In less than 10 years, Amy’s Kids” has built a five-room school where 250 Kenyan chil­dren are taught by four teach­ers. With con­tin­ued sup­port of donors, Amy’s Kids” plans to expand their cur­rent school with five addi­tion­al class­rooms, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to reach their long-term goal of teach­ing pre‑k through 8th grade. Amy plans to trav­el back to Guatemala for a week of surg­eries this month and will lat­er return to Kenya to con­tin­ue the work of Amy’s Kids.” 

When asked about a time Amy felt a sense of pride in her work she said, Every day, when I watch my staff do what is best for patients.” While Amy feels pride in the work that her staff does every day, we feel pride in hav­ing a leader like Amy on our team. We know that Amy will con­tin­ue to impact the lives of her patients, her staff, and the chil­dren and fam­i­lies of Malin­di, Kenya. 

To learn more about Amy’s Kids,” please vis­it their website.