NRMC Announces Behavioral Health Leadership Promotions


Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is pleased to announce the promotions of four employees to leadership positions in its Behavioral Health Unit (BHU). These include Cathy (Gash) Kavalesky, RN, BSN to Director; Michael Whittington, RN to Assistant Program Director; Vicki Sloniker, RN, BSN to Intake Analyst; and Tiffany Prewitt, LCSW to Unit Therapist and Clinical Coordinator.

“We recently went through several personnel changes in the behavioral health unit,” says Wes Braman, Interim Chief Executive Officer of NRMC.  “We have been fortunate to find our own experienced people ready to step up and take on new positions. They have proven they are not only capable of the job, but that they will excel at providing quality care for our patients.”

After earning an Associate’s Degree from Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), Kavalesky began her 24-year nursing career at NRMC, working Labor and Delivery for several years. She says she loved bringing new life into the world and sharing the experience with families. Then she worked at Nevada Medical Clinic as Dr. Mitch Magruder’s nurse for 9 years; an experience she says she will always treasure.

After Dr. Magruder retired, Kavalesky returned to NRMC in the Intensive Care Unit and quickly moved into leadership roles as House Supervisor and Med/Surg/ICU/OB Department Manager. She says life’s unexpected surprises led her to the psychiatric field and she worked for a time at Heartland Behavioral Health before returning to NRMC four years ago – this time in the BHU.

“I am thankful to our community and NRMC for their supporting mental health,” Kavalesky said. “I look forward to exciting opportunities in the BHU in 2019.”

Whittington earned an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Nursing at FSCC in 1986. He has been a Registered Nurse for the past 32 years with more than 20 of those in management and administration. In 2016, he began working as a staff nurse for the NRMC BHU. In his busy role as Assistant Director, Whittington says his focus is ensuring employees are treated with dignity and respect. 

“I believe that encouraging employees and treating them well will improve their skills and processes,” Whittington said. “Our BHU employees are the best around and I want to support their growth and development.”

Sloniker, also a graduate of FSCC and UMKC, began working in the NRMC BHU three years ago. She has nursing experience in a variety of hospital and residential care settings. As Intake Analyst, Sloniker works as a liaison between potential admissions, referring hospitals, physicians and NRMC staff.

Pruitt graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2009 from the University of Arkansas and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2018 from UMKC. She has been working part-time at NRMC since November 2016. As Unit Therapist, she often enjoys hearing patients tell her about their lives, dreams, and ambitions.

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About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

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