Clinical Services Director Named Health Hero

Krystal Dinkel, RN, Riordan Clinic’s Director of Clinical Services, was named a 2023 Health Care Hero in nursing by the Wichita Business Journal.

The award recognizes nurses who “show exemplary performance in their patient care and satisfaction,” according to the Business Journal’s eligibility requirements.

Krystal was nominated for the award by Amanda Lee, NCMA, AAS, who joined the clinic in 2015 while still in phlebotomy training, just two weeks after Krystal.

Amanda said she nominated Krystal because she knew immediately after joining the clinic that Krystal was destined to do great things and that she was a good fit for the clinic.

“She is so dedicated to the patients and to health in general. I look up to her both personally and professionally, and watching her growth at the clinic has been phenomenal,” Amanda said.

Krystal has been in nursing for 27 years. She joined the Riordan Clinic staff in April of 2015 and has been in her role as Director of Clinical Services for two years. She told the Business Journal that she decided in seventh or eighth grade she wanted to be a nurse.

She has lived in Wichita virtually all her life and said she stays because the city is the right size for her and it offers good options for health care, entertainment, and healthy food.

She told the Business Journal that she loves teaching and mentoring new staff in her role as Director of Clinical Services. She also enjoys looking for ways to make the clinic run more efficiently and improve and standardize processes.

Krystal was honored at the Health Care Heroes banquet on June 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kansas.