Klare Bliss, Chief Information Officer

Klare Bliss Klare Bliss, RN, is the hospital's Chief Information Officer. She was born and raised in Phillipsburg, Kansas, but now resides outside of Almena, Kansas. Klare attended Colby Community College in the nursing program and graduated in 2009 with her RN.

Klare started working at Norton County Hospital in June 2009 and has worked as a nurse in various capacities since, from the medical/surgical floor, to emergency, to labor and delivery. In 2012, Klare took on the position of provider facilitator/utilization review. She worked closely with the medical providers and clinical staff to build the facility's electronic health records system. The hospital updated to a new version of EHR, Centriq, in March 2014, and Norton Medical Clinic followed in May 2015. She launched and facilitated training for both the hospital and clinic.

During this implementation, Klare found a new career passion and proceeded to take on more Information Technology duties by becoming the Chief Information Officer in 2017. The hospital has completed another electronic health record conversion to Cerner Community Works that Klare also led, with the conversion taking place in February 2023.

Along with her role as Chief Information Officer, Klare has played a large role in leadership training for the Norton County Hospital Leadership Team. She successfully completed the Kansas Leadership Center Path in 2021 and was a part of the Leadership Norton County Class in 2021 to 2022. She enjoys teaching and engaging others in leadership activities to help create more well-rounded leaders. Klare is actively working on her Bachelors in Healthcare Administration with a goal to play a larger role in health care leadership.

To contact Klare, call 785-877-3351, or email her at kbliss@ntcohosp.com.