Payne now cardiology nurse practitioner in the Heart Center at Centura-St. Catherine Hospital

After working 15 years in the critical care setting, including six at Centura-St. Catherine Hospital, Jennifer Payne recently completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Fort Hays State University and is now working as a cardiology nurse practitioner in the hospital’s Heart Center.

Payne, DNP, APRN, NP-C, says she’s on a mission “to provide the most competent, compassionate care in southwest Kansas.”

An experienced medical professional who has served in diverse communities, small-town hospitals and large, urban medical centers, Payne earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Indiana and started her career in the Intensive Care Unit.

Prior to moving to Garden City in 2014, she worked in hospitals in Indiana and Ohio, including in the ICU and open-heart unit at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland and the coronary critical care and cardiovascular special care units at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio.

She worked in the St. Catherine ICU for six years, before completing her doctorate in May. She is now working alongside Dr. William Freund on the highly-skilled and compassionate team at the Heart Center, which specializes in evaluation and management of cardiac disorders, including but not limited to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, valvular heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmias and coronary artery disease.

Payne enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and is particularly fond of the outdoors, where she likes to garden, hike and camp.

Payne is currently taking new patients and referrals. To schedule an appointment, call the Heart Center at 620-272-2431.