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Hurla Appointed to Athletic Trainers Council


January 1, 2024

Andy Hurla, Russell Regional Hospital Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Assistant, was recently appointed to the Athletic Trainers Council of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.  Andy’s appointment was confirmed by the Chief of Staff of the Governor’s office on Dec. 6th, 2023. Mr. Hurla will serve a three-year term beginning 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2026. Andy’s term succeeds that of Gary Stevanus.

Services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, and therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Serving as role model, the appointment contributes to the quality of life for generations of Kansans. The appointment is one of service and dedication to Kansas and the athletic training sector. Andy commented, “I am pleased and honored to have been selected and appointed to this role to serve Kansans. Quality, safety, integrity, and credibility are vital characteristics in the health sector. Having a voice for rural communities, schools, and health care is vital to the success of our state. This opportunity allows for me to serve in a way that honors my experience and passion for athletic training and the health of people.” Andy has worked in the RRH Rehabilitation Department for 14 years and has been very involved in the health, athletics, and faith sector of Russell. Rehabilitation Therapy Manager, Mitchell Ackerman, commented, “I’m happy and proud for Andy to serve in this manner that honors the athletic training sector alongside the work he does within the RRH Rehabilitation Therapy Dept. Our team congratulates Andy and is confident he will represent our sector well.”

Service to others is no stranger to Andy and his family who have lived in Russell since 2009. Andy, his wife, Sarah, and their two sons have been active in volunteering and serving in community work such as the Boy Scouts. From fundraising to helping with community events and service projects, you can find the Hurla Family always involved in helping. David Caudill, RRH CEO, commented, “I’m proud to see RRH workforce serving in their perspective sector of profession and also in the community. Serving and lending expertise is important to the success of not only the health industry, our community, but also our state. It seems that rural areas do not always get a voice in the bigger scheme of things, so having professionals like Andy, with a seat at the table while representing athletic training interests, is a win for all of us. Congratulations Andy.”

Andy can be found working with the USD 407 Athletic Department, supporting, working with, and caring for the variety of athletes at the district as well as serving the patients of Russell Regional Hospital with his Physical Therapist Assistant license.

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