Dr. Jennifer Schrimsher named as one of Ingram’s 50 Kansans You Should Know
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Schrimsher, infectious disease physician, for being named as one of Ingram's 50 Kansans You Should Know!
No physician specializing in infectious diseases enjoyed a slow year in 2020. Certainly not Jennifer Schrimsher.
“We could probably spend an entire day talking about the lessons of this past year,” says the LMH Health physician. “And not only about how the decisions we make on a daily basis affect our patients directly, but how these affect our staff and our community as a whole.”
She was raised in Girard, near Pittsburg, and came to Kansas City through the Clinical Laboratory Science program at the University of Kansas Medical Center, spending 16 years there in various capacities while working her way through medical school.
“I honestly didn’t feel I was smart enough to be accepted,” she says, humbly, “so, I chose a career that would get me as close as possible to patient care, combined with my love of microbiology.” But working in a hospital made her realize a higher calling. “I’d always been interested in medicine, but my grandmother gave me Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone when I was a senior in high school and I absolutely loved it. I took microbiology my first semester in college and was officially hooked,” she says.
Treating with patients on one hand, while on the other observing how the 2020 pandemic became a point of division among Americans, she realizes that there’s more to health care than the hands-on treatment. To help the public foster a common understanding, she believes, “it’s important for folks to understand the ‘why’ behind a lot of our decisions so that we can be on the same page as a community.”