August 11, 2020
NORTON, Kan. – Norton County Hospital and the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce will host a night of cruising and fun on Wednesday, Sept. 30 to welcome new medical staff to Norton County. The event titled “Prescription to Cruise” will start at 6 p.m.
Local radio station KQNK will host a live remote broadcast at the Heaton Building in Norton, where new members of the hospital’s medical team will be present with their families and interviewed. While cruisers are asked to remain in their vehicles during the event, they may listen in on the radio (106.7 MF, 1530 AM) and drive by to wave or honk to provide a warm welcome.
The hospital announced last year that three new physicians will join the team; they include Dr. Josh Gaede, Dr. Miranda McKellar and Dr. Theresia Neill. Just last month, the hospital also announced that it will add physician assistant Gino Salerno on staff to cover emergency services. The new doctors and physician assistant will begin full-time duties at Norton County Hospital on Sept. 1, and all of them are invited to take part in this formal welcoming event.
“We intended to have an in-person meet-and-greet event to allow the community to get to know our new providers, but due to COVID-19 we had to plan an event that allowed for appropriate social distancing and protection of all involved,” said Katie Allen, executive director of the Norton Regional Health Foundation and community relations director at Norton County Hospital. “Cruise nights in the past have been very successful. We look forward to making ‘Prescription to Cruise’ another successful, fun and safe event. We thank local businesses, KQNK and the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce for their willingness to help!”
“The Norton Area Chamber of Commerce and local businesses want to give the new staff at Norton County Hospital an enthusiastic ‘WELCOME’ to Norton! Excellence in health care, education, and housing are three major pivotal factors that attract new business and workforce to communities,” said Donna Eastman Liddle, CEO of the Chamber. “We are so thankful to have these three new doctors and the new PA to compliment the exceptional staff at NCH.”
Follow the Norton County Hospital and Norton Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for more details, including local deals available during the cruise.