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Ruth Blackwill Awarded Diamond Award Employee of the Year

Ruth Blackwill, IP, EHN, RN is Presented With the Diamond Award for Employee of the Year
Each year, GCMC votes on which employee exemplifies the core values and the mission statement of the hospital. Those qualities include providing exceptional healthcare delivered in a spirit of compassionate care along with reflecting our core values of respect, quality healthcare, innovation, accountability and community. All the employees voted and Ruth Blackwill was the clear winner by a landslide. On the ballots, the staff had the opportunity to justify their vote and how Ruth reflects our vision. These are just some of the comments that the staff said about Ruth.

"Ruth Blackwill is always willing to help anyone."
"As a hard worker, she is very fair to everyone"
"Ruth is just good. Period…end of story."
"No job is too small for her, she's always willing to help no matter the department she is in."
"Ruth always strives to do her best for the patients and Gove County Medical Center."
"Ruth is a kind, compassionate patient advocate."
"Ruth is hands down the best nurse in the facility."
"She always steps up, works hard and has amazing bedside manner! She deserves it!"

GCMC is very lucky to have Ruth on our team. On behalf of the entire staff, we thank you Ruth for your dedication and all that you do for our patients and the facility. Congratulations!

Long Term Care Receives Ice Cream Machine from Donations

Gove County Medical Center's Long Term Care Facility was able to purchase a three flavor ice cream machine in December through generous donations. Nex-Tech was contacted by GCMC in October about a proposed project to have an ice cream machine in the Long Term Care Facility. It was explained to Nex-Tech that an ice cream machine would not only be a positive addition for the Long Term Care residents, but would also be an attraction to the families of it's residents.

Moreover, it was thought that by adding the machine, afterschool children could come by, eat free ice cream and spend time with the residents. It doing so, children could get a more positive perspective of the hospital, the Long Term Care and the residents. GCMC backed up the request through case studies done across the country implementing similar programs.

Nex-Tech proposed the project to it's board and awarded GCMC $500.00 towards the total cost of $1,299.99. The remaining balance was made up by donations from the residents' families.

Director of Nursing for the Long Term Care Facility, Denise Woodworth stated that after visiting another facility earlier in the fall that had a similar program, she felt the ice cream machine would be a great addition. "As a staff we liked what we saw and immediately saw the positive side of the project and knew we wanted to move forward", Woodworth said. LTC is still in the works of determining a location for the machine and the days that it will be operated. Woodworth concluded, "It may be cold outside, but cold or hot everyone can always find time for a delicious ice cream cone."

Gove County Medical Center to begin up-front collections

As we progress and strive to improve our county business, we are implementing the process of collecting at the time of service. Most health care insured patients have a co-pay and/or deductible obligation to pay an agreed amount prior to your insurance company making any payment on your claim. Generally this agreed amount can be found listed on your insurance card, although this does not pertain to Medicare and Kancare patients. Beginning in May, GCMC will be asking for these co-pay and/or deductible obligations prior to your services here. We will utilize a system which informs us how much of your deductible has been met and your up-front payment will be adjusted accordingly. We have the regular payments options available as well as a convenient monthly automatic payment plan.

This method of collecting is widely used in the healthcare industry and we are progressing to it as well. This will be a transition for both GCMC and our patients and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We are committed to providing exceptional healthcare services delivered in a spirit of compassionate care.

Gove County Medical Center Named a 2018 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Gove County Medical Center was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

"This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best healthcare possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility," said Coleen Tummons, CEO. "We are especially pleased that we have scored in the top 100 list two years out of the last three. This shows the strong community support for the hospital as well as the commitment and dedication of our employees."

Gove County Medical Center scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry's most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare's most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals can be found at

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America - and the INDEX measures these facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, and Financial Stability.

"The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment," said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. To find out more about Gove County Medical Center, visit our website at

About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the healthcare industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children's hospitals and healthcare service organizations achieve transformative results. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at

Contact: Billy Balfour. The Chartis Center for Rural Health 207-245-6761

Gove County Medical Center Receives Pediatric Ultrasound

Gove County Medical Center has received a new ultrasound machine. Not only does this upgrade the previous model, allowing adult and pediatric, ultrasound examinations, the new machine has the capacity for pediatric echocardiograms.

Now, even the heart of a newborn can be examined at Gove County
Medical Center. Pediatric echocardiograms are necessary if an infant has any type of heart irregularities as observed in clinical examination. The echocardiogram gives the physician or provider detailed information to make a diagnostic decision and plan of care.

"We are so glad to have this new diagnostic tool. It is state of the art and parents can bring their children here for examination rather than having to travel," said Raquel Caasi, Director of Lab and Radiology.

We appreciate the generous donation of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation which made this purchase possible.

Dietary Services: Building Healthier Salads!

The Dietary Services Department is excited to announce that we will be committed to building healthier salads for our employees, visitors, residents, and patients. Starting September 5th, our recipes for the following salads will change to have less calories and fat: chicken salad, tuna salad, egg salad, ham salad, pasta salads, and creamy vegetable salads (cucumber, tomatoes, etc). Although these recipes will not have reduced sodium content,the fat content will be lowered by approximately 89%. The overall caloric content will be lowered by approximately 79%. We will be replacing mayonnaise (180 calories and 20 g fat per 2 tablespoons) with equal parts of lite mayonnaise, fat-free sour cream, and nonfat plain Greek yogurt. Two tablespoons of this salad dressing will only add 39 ca lories and 2.3 g fat to each creamy salad.

In addition, there will be a few new items on our salad bar. We will provide dark leafy greens at least three days per week. We will also provide one homemade lower fat salad dressing per day. We will be experimenting with these salad dressings, so please let us know which dressings you enjoy. The cottage cheese on the salad bar will be low fat (not fat free), and we will have some educational instructions on how to build a healthy salad. We will also try hummus and other nutritional spreads on the salad bar. Don't forget that if you do not see a side item on the hot bar that you will enjoy, ask for a small salad bowl for a healthy side salad.

Kimberly B. Dohm, RD, LD

Gove County Medical Center Welcomes Hutchinson Clinic Cardiologists

Dr. Hagley

Dr. Ahmed

Dr. Mattar

Gove County Medical Center is pleased to welcome three physicians from the Hutchinson Clinic to our outpatient clinics.

The Hutchinson Clinic outreach will be held quarterly, on the second Monday of the month. The cardiologists will travel to Quinter on a rotational basis. Dr. Michael Hagley has already conducted his first outreach clinic in Quinter on Monday, April 10th.

Dr. Costy Mattar is the next scheduled to visit on the 10th of July, and Dr. Hagley will visit again in October. Dr. Jamil Ahmed is scheduled on January 8, 2018.

The cardiologists have a wide b readth of experience and bring a new dimension to our hospit! al. Col een Tummons, CEO, stated "We are glad to welcome these new physicians to Gove County Medical Center and especially glad to be able to offer our patients access for their cardiology needs."

Gove County Medical Center welcomes a new outpatient service - the Orthopaedic Sports Health Clinic of Salina.

Dr. Gary Harbin, M.D., conducted an orthopedic outpatient clinic at GCMC on Friday, April 28, and consulted with eight patients. With over 30 years of orthopedic practice, Dr. Harbin has worked with a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, including hips, knees, shoulders, carpal tunnel, spines, backs, as well as foot and ankle issues. Dr. Harbin stated, "The most common problems treated are fractures. We also treat the ramification of injuries, which is arthritis."

Dr. Harbin's hobbies include fishing and outdoor activities. He has two sons; one is also an orthopedic surgeon who lives in upstate New York. The other son is a business man in Philadelphia.

Friday, May 19th is Dr. Harbin's next scheduled visit. Other physicians from the Orthopa edic Sports Health Clinic of Salina are also planning to visit Quinter on rotation.

To schedule an appointment, or for a referral, please contact your physician.

Affordable Vitamin D Testing Now Available at GCMC Lab

Vitamin D plays an important role in enabling calcium absorption and bone growth/remodeling. Adequate levels of Vitamin D preserve bone strength and may help prevent osteoporosis in older adults, postmenopausal women, nonambulatory individuals, and those on long-term steroid therapy. Individuals can now monitor their Vitamin D levels at an affordable price using the GCMC Lab's Direct Access Testing program. If you are interested in checking your Vitamin D level or would like to keep tabs on other aspects of your personal health, visit the GCMC Business Office to see our extensive Direct Access Testing list. Physician's orders not required.​


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Please join the Board of Trustees, Staff and Administration in welcoming Glenda Wheeler, APRN-BC to Gove County Medical Center andBluestem Medical Clinic

Glenda is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She received her Masters of Science in Nursing with emphasis on family medicine from Fort Hays State University in 2013.

Glenda and her husband, Matthew, reside in Hays.
Glenda has 3 years of practice experience, including rural health clinic, long term care, inpatient, skilled care and emergency room coverage.
Glenda will start seeing patients at Bluestem Medical Clinic on August 1, 2016.
Call 785-754-3333 to schedule an appointment.

New Service*


Now available on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at GCMC Laboratory Department
Appointments and doctor' orders are not required. Convenient hours, low cost and minimal wait times make it easy to keep tabs on your health.
Benefits of Direct Access Testing (DAT):
Lower out-of-pocket expense for patients who are uninsured or have a high deductible
Some individuals may wish to have more frequent testing than their health care insurance plans will cover.
A good option for people who wish to assess their health status on a regular basis.
Individuals can have basic lab testing performed without a physician's order's
Patients will have electronic access to their results through the GCMC Patient Portal. To get set up for this Portal, contact Patient Registration at GCMC at 785-754-3341, ext. 5154. It is the patent's responsibility to share results with their physician.
The Direct Access Testing order forms and test requirements will be available at GCMC Business Office, Patient Registration and the Laboratory Department. The Laboratory will not bill insurance for Direct Access Testings. GCMC accepts cash, check or credit card at the time of service.

Meet Heather Mauck, APRN-C

Gove County Medical Center Board of Trustees, Staff and Administration are welcoming Heather Mauck, APRN-C to Gove County Medical Center and Bluestem Medical Clinic.

Heather is an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Heather received her Masters of Science in Nursing with emphasis on family medicine from Wichita State University in 2009.

Heather and her husband, Tate, live in Hoxie and have 5 children. Heather has 7 years of practice experience, including clinic, acute care, long term care and emergency room.

​Heather will start seeing patients at Bluestem Medical Clinic July 1, 2016. Call 785-754-3333 to schedule an appointment. Hours will be Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

iVantage Names Gove County Medical Center Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

​Gove County Medical Center in Quinter, Kansas was recently named one of iVantage Health Analytics' Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.

"Gove County Medical Center is proud of the efforts of our physicians and staff who have contributed to our achieving this designation," said Coleen Tummons, hospital CEO. "Our team works diligently every day to meet our vision: to provide excellent healthcare in a spirit of compassion." She added, "we also appreciate the community support which helped us earn this award."

Gove County Medical Center scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage's Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry's most comprehensive rating of rural and Critical Access Hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America - measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. (read more)

eEmergency Now Available at Gove County Medical Center

Gove County Medical Center in Quinter, KS is equipped to handle emergencies, but access to a second set of eyes and ears can be beneficial in critical cases.

Beginning in March, the staff at Gove County Medical Center had immediate, virtual access to a team of physicians and nurses who specialize in emergency medicine.

eEmergency enhances care by providing:

Access to board-certified emergency physicians 24 hours a day
Connects rural communities to highly trained specialists
Activation of emergency transport teams as early as possible
Additional support during multiple emergencies
Fewer transfers so patients can stay close to home
Collaborative approach allows local caregivers to focus exclusively on patient care
To learn more about healthcare services at Gove County Medical Center in Quinter, KS, go to or call 785-754-3341.
To learn more about Avera eCARE, go to