MHS Welcomes Amanda Shirack as New Social Worker
Amanda Shirack recently joined Memorial Health System as a Social Worker. She will work with patients and families at Memorial Hospital (including inpatient/medical, surgical, and emergency room) Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County, and Heartland Healthcare Clinic.
“The need for a Social Worker to help families navigate the health care system has skyrocketed,” Director Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County, Carol Whitehair said. “The importance of this “go to” person will help our patients and their families understand what options and resources are available to them. This is a huge benefit to not only our Home Health, Hospice, and Hospital, but to our community, as a resource to help people navigate a very complicated health care system.”
Shirack works together with MHS nurses to meet the needs of the patients and families while in the hospital, transitioning out of the hospital and into the community. “Amanda is knowledgeable about community resources, which allows her to assist our patients and their families with their needs once they leave the hospital,” Chief Nursing Officer, Brenda Moffitt said.
Shirack received her BSW from Kansas State University in May of 2017, and her social work license in June 2017. She is currently working on a Masters in Social Work at Washburn University, and expects to complete her Master’s degree in May 2019.
Prior to Memorial Health System, Shirack worked for the North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging as a Case Manager for two years.
“I like working in the hospital setting because it allows me to work with people of all ages and stages of life,” Shirack said. “It is rewarding to help our patients and their families.”
Shirack lives in, and grew up in Solomon, KS. She enjoys going to the lake and traveling with her family.