Kansas Hospital Association Release: Kansas Hospitals Keep Kansas Healthy and Economically Strong
- Hospitals and health care systems are a powerful economic force in Kansas. The state’s health care sector generated $14.4 billion in income and $25.7 billion in sales last year, ranking it fifth among all economic sectors in the state. Hospitals alone have a total impact on Kansas income of $9.4 billion, and they employ 86,324 people across the state. New data confirms the health care sector is among the fastest growing in the economy. National employment in health care services increased by 92 percent from 1990 to 2015, and by almost 400 percent since 1970. Read more of this release.
New nephrology specialty clinic
- Norton County Hospital is pleased to announce a new specialty clinic will begin in January! Abhisekh Sinha Ray, MD, is a nephrology specialist and will be coming to Norton County Hospital the third Thursday of the month. His first clinic is scheduled for Jan. 18th. Dr. Ray is with Good Samaritan Medical Group in Kearney. Ask your primary care provider if you may need specialty care. Appointments may be made with Kayla Weigel at Norton County Hospital; call 785-877-3351 and press option 5 to be connected to Kayla.
RESCHEDULED: Norton County Hospital Board of Trustees Special Meeting
- The Norton County Hospital Board of Trustees will be hosting a special meeting on Friday, Dec. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s board room. This is rescheduled from Thursday, Dec. 21 due to weather conditions.
- The Norton County Hospital Board of Trustees will be hosting a special meeting on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s board room.
Norton County Hospital announces upcoming holiday closings
- Norton County Hospital would like to inform the public of upcoming closings for the holiday season. Norton Medical Clinic will be closed, and Norton County Hospital business and administrative offices will also be closed on Monday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas, and Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day. Please plan appointments, prescription fills and consultations with clinic staff accordingly. Patients may contact Norton Medical Clinic at 785-877-3305. Patients should note that Saturday acute care is available at Norton Medical Clinic on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. The clinic will be open regular hours on those days, 9 a.m. to noon. Norton County Hospital’s Emergency department can assist patients in need at any time. As always, in emergency situations please call 911. Have a safe and healthy holiday season!
Free session to help people understand and enroll in health insurance coverage
- Norton County Hospital is hosting a free educational session on health insurance options and enrollment for 2018. Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 5, starting at 6 p.m. at the Norton County Hospital conference room, to hear from an expert about the current choices available, differences between plan options and how to enroll. Peggy Ritter, a health insurance certified navigator from Hoxie Medical Clinic, will be presenting from 6-7 p.m. and will stay after to help enroll people in health insurance coverage on-site. She will primarily focus on the Health Insurance Marketplace, but will also be able to provide information for Medicare and Medicaid patients and answer their questions. For coverage to begin Jan. 1, 2018, patients need to enroll in the marketplace by Dec. 15, 2017. For 2018 Medicare coverage, open enrollment ends Dec. 7, 2017. Those wanting to enroll on-site should plan to bring a personal laptop if they have one. A RSVP is not required but is appreciated by Friday, Dec. 1. To RSVP, or if you have any questions, call Katie Allen at Norton County Hospital. The number is 785-877-3351. The hospital’s conference room is located on the lower level. The easiest access is the entrance to the left, or west, of the main clinic entrance. We recommend parking in the clinic parking lot, located at 807 N. State St. Participants should look for an event sign to direct them to the correct door to enter.
- Norton County Hospital is helping protect antibiotics from the threat of growing resistance. NCH has an antibiotic stewardship committee comprised of staff that began July 5, 2017. The mission statement of this committee: The primary mission of antibiotic stewardship is to promote optimal antibiotic therapy in order to improve patient safety at Norton County Hospital and Norton Medical Clinic. Click to learn more about the committee, as well as what the hospital and you can do to help.
Nursing scholarships application deadline Dec. 1
Breast Cancer Awareness
- Norton County Hospital urges women to get the facts about mammography. If you’re age 40 and older, join the millions of women who get mammograms on a regular basis. The best protection is early detection.
- Norton County Hospital offers digital mammography! For more information, call your medical provider and ask about mammography. The first 100 patients who have a mammogram done at Norton County Hospital in October will receive a free gift!
- Dr. Hoos-Thompson is no longer visiting Norton County Hospital for a cardiology specialty clinic. According to Platte Valley Medical Group, Dr. Sean Denney has agreed to take over Dr. Hoos-Thompson's patients and will be coming to Norton. Currently, plans are in place for him to visit Norton the afternoon of Oct. 18. A more detailed schedule is to be determined. If patients have any questions, they may contact PVMG at 308-865-2263.
Tips and information about protecting yourself this flu season
- Influenza ("flu") is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing and close contact.
- Anyone can get flu. Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days.
- Flu can also lead to pneumonia and blood infections, and cause diarrhea and seizures in children. If you have a medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, flu can make it worse.
- Flu is more dangerous for some people. Infants and young children, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system are at greatest risk.
- Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized. Read more of this announcement.
Events coming up in September and October 2017
Logan Clinic to continue with a provider two days per week
- Norton County Hospital and the City of Logan have decided on a new plan to continue Logan Clinic. Starting Sept. 11, the clinic will be staffed by a health care provider two days per week. However, the clinic will remain open each weekday with its regular hours and will have reception and nursing staff present. Read more in a recent news release.
Hospital provides update on surgical services
- Dr. Greg Sarin, orthopedic specialist, will continue visiting Norton County Hospital for his regular clinics. To make an appointment with Dr. Sarin, please call the hospital at 785-877-3351 and choose option 5 when prompted.
- General surgeries at Norton County Hospital with Dr. Pamela Steinle will end after Aug. 31, 2017.
- Patients should know that endoscopy procedures, such as colonoscopies and upper endoscopies, will continue to be available at NCH by Dr. Tom Kriley, family practice, and the hospital’s surgical nursing team. Make an appointment with Dr. Kriley by calling Norton Medical Clinic at 785-877-3305. The hospital will also continue to provide women’s health services, including labor and delivery. Cesarean sections will continue to be available, as well as services offered by Dr. Todd Pankratz, a visiting OBGYN specialist, who performs some surgeries in Norton. Learn more about the OBGYN and other specialty clinics and find out how to make an appointment on our Outpatient Specialty Clinics page.
Norton citizens have more home delivery meal options
- The Norton County Hospital would like to inform the public that meal deliveries can continue to homebound citizens of Norton, as the Andbe Home has agreed to start preparing and delivering meals effective Aug. 1, 2017. The Norton County Hospital recently decided to end its Meals on Wheels program due to financial losses associated with the program. The hospital’s end date was July 31, 2017. Read more in a recent news release.
Norton County Hospital hires new director of nursing
Norton County Hospital hires new practitioner
- Norton County Hospital has hired a new physician assistant to join its medical staff. Taylor Bieberle is tentatively set to begin seeing patients at Norton County Hospital and Clinics in mid-August. Read more in a recent news release.
Logan Clinic update provided by City of Logan, Norton County Hospital
- In the midst of staffing changes and financial losses recently at Norton County Hospital, the hospital and City of Logan have joined forces to provide clarity and insight on the future of Logan Clinic. Both the hospital and city are wanting to be transparent regarding Logan Clinic operations and to keep the public informed of future decisions. Among those changes is one that directly affects Logan Clinic – the resignation of Jennifer Taylor, physician assistant, who is the most frequent medical provider at Logan Clinic. Her last day with Norton County Hospital, Norton Medical Clinic and Logan Clinic will be in mid-September. Read more in a recent news release.
Norton Regional Health Foundation to participate in Norton County Match Day 2017
- The Norton Regional Health Foundation would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming effort to support charitable organizations in the Norton area. Donors can make their donations go farther by participating in the first-ever Norton County Match Day on Thursday, July 20th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Heaton Building, located in downtown Norton. Norton County Match Day is meant to support our county’s charitable organizations, give back to those making a difference, and encourage the continual giving and recognition of those who make Norton County a great place in which to live, work and play. Read more about Norton County Match Day.
Administration change made at Norton County Hospital
- Norton County Hospital’s Board of Trustees and the hospital’s chief executive officer, Ryan Stover, have officially agreed to a mutual separation effective June 30, 2017. Read more in a recent news release.
Dr. DeCarvalho no longer coming to NCH for orthopedic clinic
- Dr. DeCarvalho from HaysMed will no longer be hosting a specialty clinic at NCH. Two orthopedic specialists are currently seeing patients at NCH: Dr. Adamson and Dr. Sarin. More information about our specialty clinics is available on our Outpatient Specialty Clinics page.
Hospital releases medical provider change
- Norton County Hospital’s Board of Trustees have announced a staffing change following their regularly scheduled meeting June 21st. Jennifer Taylor, physician assistant, has resigned from her position. She has served as a medical provider at Norton County Hospital and its clinics, Norton Medical Clinic and Logan Clinic, since 2014. She is returning to Harlan County Health System in Alma, Nebraska, where she worked previously. She will remain employed in Norton until mid-September. Read more in a news release.
Hospital’s planned expansion and renovation project indefinitely suspended, immediate changes made
- The Norton County Hospital Board of Trustees and administration has announced that the planned infrastructural expansion and renovation project has been indefinitely suspended. Immediate changes have been made to phase out some surgical services and discontinue providing meals for the local Meals on Wheels program, due to recent financial losses the hospital has faced. Read more in a news release.
NCH Rehab department sponsors water aerobics this summer
- Water aerobics will begin June 6 and continue through Aug. 1. Sessions will be 8-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summer at the Norton Aquatic Center. Cost is $25 total per person, and you may bring that payment to your first class. Three levels will be offered each night: low impact therapy session (with professional PT or OT); medium impact cardiovascular stretching and strength training session; and deep water high impact cardiovascular strength training. If you have questions, you may call our Rehab department at 785-874-2222.
NCH forms Patient and Family Advisory Council, seeks applicants to serve
- In an effort to continue improving its quality of care, NCH is currently seeking volunteers from area communities and its own health care staff to serve as advisors on a new Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). Read more about PFAC.
National Walk @ Lunch Day April 26th
- Many staff and community members with the Norton County Hospital and Clinics, Norton Regional Health Foundation and Live Well Norton wellness coalition are among individuals and groups across the state of Kansas and nationally who will participate in the 11th annual National Walk @ Lunch Day®, to take place Wednesday, April 26th. Click for more information about how you can participate.
Update on renovation and expansion project
Hospital implements new automated phone system
- In an effort to better assist those who call Norton County Hospital, the hospital has implemented a new automated phone system. When callers dial the hospital’s phone number, 785-877-3351, they will be prompted to select a particular department and still have the option to speak to a receptionist. Norton Medical Clinic recently changed its automated selection options, so callers should pay close attention to the new options when they call the clinic as well. Read more about the new phone system.
Heart Failure Support Group opportunity
- Are you a heart failure patient or a caregiver for someone dealing with heart failure? Norton County Hospital invites you to participate in a free interactive program led by nurses in our community. The Heart Failure Support Group will meet every Thursday in April, starting April 6th, and each session will last two hours. You must RSVP by April 4th. To learn more, call the hospital at 785-877-3351. Ask for Lana Jones, LPN, or Ruth Mizell, RN.
Lung cancer screening offered at NCH
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, which is why early detection is crucial. A low-dose CT of the chest, offered at Norton County Hospital, may help with early detection. It is also covered by Medicare and most insurances. You may be eligible if you fit all of these: age 55-77 years; asymptomatic (no signs of lung cancer); tobacco smoking history (smoking at least a pack a day for 30 years); and current smoker or one who has quit within the last 15 years. If you think you qualify, ask your medical provider for a referral. Call Norton Medical Clinic at 785-877-3305.
FREE car seat checks offered at NCH
- In the midst of winter, it might seem logical to keep babies and toddlers wrapped in their heavy coats while traveling, but generally, winter coats should not be worn underneath the car seat harness to protect the child from slipping out. Norton County Hospital has certified technicians available to do a FREE check to ensure the car seat is installed properly. To schedule, call the hospital at 785-877-3351 or Norton Medical Clinic at 785-877-3305. Ask for one of our certified child passenger safety technicians.
March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
- Norton County Hospital wants to remind you that March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The hospital has two doctors on staff who are available to perform colonoscopies. Learn more about colon cancer.
Dr. Hoa-Dung Nguyen offers OMT services
- Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. Learn more about OMT and scheduling an appointment.
Dr. Todd Pankratz builds specialty clinic at NCH
- Dr. Pankratz is building his specialty clinic at Norton County Hospital. He can perform gynecological exams, an array of gynecological surgeries, prenatal and birthing services - including high-risk and multiple birth pregnancies, infertility treatment, medical weight loss and incontinence treatment. Dr. Pankratz plans to see patients every third Monday of the month at the Norton County Hospital. Learn more about Dr. Pankratz.
Norton County Hospital provides staff notice
- Effective Feb. 27, 2017, Dr. Jeffery McKinley is no longer employed with Norton County Hospital and its clinics, Norton Medical Clinic and Logan Clinic. Click here for more information.
Chemotherapy continues to be offered at NCH
- During winter, we know travel at times could be difficult. It's important for patients to be aware of services offered locally at Norton County Hospital. One of those is chemotherapy, along with education while undergoing treatment of an intravenous chemotherapy infusion. Many chemotherapy agents are managed at NCH. Ask your oncologist about a referral for chemotherapy at NCH, or if you have any questions, contact Deb Bowen, RN, at 785-877-3351. More information about chemotherapy is available.
NCH to participate in Kansas' Setoff Program
- Norton County Hospital would like to inform patients that it has signed an agreement to participate in the voluntary State of Kansas Department of Administration’s Setoff Program in an attempt to collect on debt owed to the hospital and clinic. Click here for more information about the Setoff Program.
New urology specialty clinic announced
- Dr. Faris Azzouni will no longer be having an outpatient clinic at NCH. Starting in January 2017, Dr. Darrell Werth will be coming as the urology specialist.