John Cuffe Promoted to Director of Therapy Services

February 4, 2019 

Clara Barton Hospital is pleased to announce that John Cuffe, MOT, OTR/L has been promoted to the position of Director of Therapy Services.  Cuffe has been an Occupational Therapist since 2012 and has been an employee with Clara Barton Hospital for 5 years.

Cuffe grew up in Ottawa, Illinois. He attended the University of Kansas where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Education: Community Health and worked in public health for two years on a “Communities That Care” grant at KC Community College. Cuffe then continued his education and received his Master of Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University in 2012.

After graduating from the occupational therapy program, Cuffe worked at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, KS as an Occupational Therapist. After two years at PMC, Cuffe and his wife Bobbi decided to move to Central Kansas to be closer to family and raise their children in a rural community. After moving to the Claflin area, Cuffe began working as an Occupational Therapist for Clara Barton Therapy services in 2014. Cuffe was amazed by the dedication that the hospital and community had for the therapy department as he viewed the nearly complete therapy expansion during his interview with Clara Barton Hospital.

“I am honored and blessed to be part of this great organization, especially in this new capacity as Director of Therapy Services,” said Cuffe. “Mark Blackwell was a great therapist and director who helped to build the therapy department into what it is today. We have a great staff here and I am lucky to work alongside such skilled providers.  I am excited for the potential of the department going forward and I look forward to what the future has in store for us.”


Mark Blackwell was the Director of Therapy Services at Clara Barton Hospital for the past 12 years. He played a significant role in the launching and completion of the capital campaign, “Complete the Dream… Continue the Vision”, which expanded the therapy services department. Blackwell was well known for his dedication to his patients and the community he served.

“John has been a lot of fun to work with and has grown tremendously under Mark’s guidance the last five years,” said Jim Blackwell, Clara Barton Hospital President/CEO. “He is a great fit for this leadership position, and will continue Mark’s vision of clinical excellence. The greatest thing about this department is the leadership strengths that also come from therapists Alesia Schneweis, Tamara Dody, and Natalie Bieberle. Together, their team approach provides our patients with a remarkable variety of skills resulting in the best care possible for you.”

Cuffe’s goal as the new Director of Therapy Services is to continue the mission of the organization and preserve the reputation that Clara Barton Hospital and Therapy Services has developed. He plans to uphold Blackwell’s vision of providing excellent patient care and services that best support the community.

In his spare time, Cuffe enjoys spending time with his wife and four boys. Cuffe also enjoys, coaching, watching sports, and cheering on his favorite teams (KU, Chiefs, Royals, OKC Thunder, Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks).

“John has been a great addition to our therapy team and continuously strives to provide the best care for his patients.” said Jim Blackwell, Clara Barton Hospital President/CEO. “We are honored to have John transition to this new role and applaud him on this new phase in his career.”

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