Cornelius to be missed at county hospital, clinic
It is with mixed emotions that Carol Cornelius submitted her resignation as a Physician Assistant at Chase County Clinic this past week.
Cornelius has been a PAC at Chase County Clinic since June 2006, where she worked a part-time schedule. Typically, Cornelius served two to three days a week in Imperial and one day a week in Wauneta.
She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in 2000. She worked in Ogallala and Grant before coming to the Chase County Clinic.
Cornelius, who lives in Grant, was presented with the opportunity to take a full-time PAC position at Perkins County Health Services in Grant. The current PA at Perkins County resigned, opening up the position.
“I will miss the staff at Chase County Clinic and Chase County Community Hospital. You develop some pretty close relationships over seven years. When I first started, this was to be a temporary position, yet seven years later, here I am. I have really enjoyed serving the people in both Imperial and Wauneta clinics and have become close to a number of patients,” Cornelius said.
The driving time and distance played a big part in her decision, she noted. Cornelius also cited being able to be more involved with her children’s activities since she will be working in Grant and be close to home.
Staff members at Chase County Community Hospital and Chase County Clinic were saddened to hear of Cornelius’s resignation yet understood the opportunity.
“Carol is a great PA and such a caring person. We are all going to miss her and so will her patients. But we understand the importance of being close to home,” said Heather Schoenholz, one of the clinic nurses who has worked closely with her.
Cornelius will continue to see patients at the Chase County Clinic in Imperial and Wauneta through Oct. 17. After that time she will then begin her new duties in Grant.
Cornelius resides in Grant with her husband, Ryan, who farms in the area, and their two children, Emily, who is in first grade, and Trevor, a second grader.
Chase County Community Hospital is pursuing additional medical providers and has plans to fill the void left by Cornelius as soon as a suitable replacement can be found.