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Health in the Heartland takes a look at current issues in health and health care, particularly relating to rural medicine. The podcast is presented by Norton County Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital, Level IV trauma center, and rural health clinic located in northwest Kansas. The podcast aims to inform, educate and empower healthy living - after all, health is wealth!


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Health in the Heartland takes a look at current issues in health and health care, particularly relating to rural medicine. The podcast is presented by Norton County Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital, Level IV trauma center, and rural health clinic located in northwest Kansas. The podcast aims to inform, educate and empower healthy living - after all, health is wealth!




Student Athlete Injury Prevention Program

Norton County Hospital's Rehabilitation Department has a goal to reducing knee and all lower extremity injuries in student athletes. This involves four phases: Phase 1: Implement improved warm-up programs aimed at injury prevention. Phase 2: Screen athletes once per year with DARI Motion Analysis. Phase 3: Implement an individualized program for the most vulnerable of the athletes discovered in screening. Phase 4: Continually educate coaches and athletes on jumping, landing and lifting techniques.


Cerner Coming to Norton County Hospital

Norton County Hospital is updating its electronic health record with Cerner. The launch will be January 2023. Klare Bliss, CIO of the hospital, explains what this means for staff and patients.


New Pain Management Clinic at Norton County Hospital

Norton County Hospital, located in northwest Kansas, is pleased to offer a pain management clinic with Midwest Anesthesia Alliance.


Specialized Nursing Care in Rural Area

Many patients may not be aware of some of the specialized nursing care that is available in rural northwest Kansas. The outpatient nursing team at Norton County Hospital can provide many services that include, for example: 1. Placing PICC lines for various age groups, from pre-term babies to geriatric patients (ultrasound is the tool of choice for these insertions, as well as for difficult IV starts and lab draws) 2. Administering numerous specialty drugs, such as IVIG, Remicade, Humira, Tysabri, Methotrexate, Iron infusions, Xolair, Nucala, Herceptin, Reclast, Rabies vaccinations, Antibiotics and Blood products 3. Performing wound care, including wound vacs 4. Caring for and maintaining central lines such as Infusaports, Hickmans, TLIJ and TLSC 5. Therapeutic phlebotomies


New Changes for Norton County Hospital Rehabilitation

Norton County Hospital's Rehabilitation department is making a move to a new location and is also offering virtual appointments. The department manager explains what these changes mean for patients.


Pulmonary Rehabilitation a New Service at Norton County Hospital

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a new outpatient program at Norton County Hospital. It is recommended for patients with lung disease who experience shortness of breath frequently and are not able to perform daily activities despite daily use of medication. Many patients in rehabilitation programs have chronic lung diseases that limit breathing and activity. The program's manager explains more.


How to Establish Care with a Primary Provider

Establishing care is an important first step in a patient's health journey. A primary care provider helps patients find consistency in their medical needs. A primary care provider can ensure patients are up-to-date on vaccines and pertinent preventive care screenings, which can keep the patient well. On this episode, a family practice physician talks about the advantages and what it means to establish care with a new provider.


New CEO leads Norton County Hospital

In October 2021, Brian Kirk was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for Norton County Hospital. In this podcast episode, listeners can get to know more about Brian and his plans for Norton County Hospital moving forward.


Sleep is Important for Overall Health

Sleep Awareness Week will take place March 13-19, 2022, and it intends to help people recognize the importance of sleep for their overall health. Sleep Awareness Week kicks off on March 13 at the start of Daylight Saving Time, when most Americans change their clocks and lose an hour of sleep. For those who have sleep challenges, a sleep study may be ordered by a medical provider, and that study would take place under the direction of a respiratory therapist. Kayla Broeckelman, a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Norton County Hospital, talks more about sleep studies and how they can benefit patients.


Physical Therapy Helps Mothers Before And After Baby Arrives

Norton County Hospital is a rural critical access hospital located in northwest Kansas. It is proud to offer several services for expecting mothers, including physical therapy before and after baby arrives.


Rural Hospitals Aim to Keep Services Close to Home

Norton County Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital, Level IV trauma center, and has an outpatient and specialty clinic and rural health clinic. It is located in rural northwest Kansas. Specific to the outpatient and specialty clinic, the hospital aims to keep care close to home for patients but offering a variety of services and bringing specialists in monthly for clinics. Some on-site physicians and specialists perform surgeries as well.


Creative Ways to Address Workforce Shortages

Like many hospitals and other businesses, Norton County Hospital currently faces workforce shortages and is looking to hire for several clinical and support staff positions. The COVID-19 pandemic and many other factors have led to these workforce shortages. The hospital recently formed a Recruitment and Retention Committee to study and find solutions to benefit hospital staffing and patients.


Importance of Routine Lab Draws: Your Blood Tells a Story

Patients are encouraged to make routine visits with their medical provider and have blood tests done on a regular basis to monitor their health. Dr. Glenda Maurer is a family physician at Norton County Hospital in rural northwest Kansas. She discusses the importance of blood draws and what the test results mean to a patient's overall health and well-being.


Breastfeeding Education Important in a Hospital Setting

August is National Breastfeeding Month, a time to learn the great benefits of breastfeeding. Heather Saville, BSN, RN, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She serves as the Director of Nursing and in-house lactation consultant at a rural northwest Kansas hospital. She speaks to her role as a lactation consultant and the importance of getting new moms and nursing babies off to a great start.


Community Health Important for Hospitals

Norton County, Kansas was a recent recipient of a major grant through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas' Pathways to a Healthy Kansas program. This grant is one tool that Norton County Hospital and the Norton Regional Health Foundation are using to create stronger, healthier communities in the area. In this episode, Katie Wagner, Executive Director for Community Relations & Foundation at Norton County Hospital, speaks to how Norton is engaging community members to live healthier lives and providing ways to make "the healthy choice the easy choice."


Complete Maternal Health

Dr. Theresia Neill provides an overview of maternal health in rural areas, such as where she practices medicine in northwest Kansas. A complete maternal health package goes beyond prenatal and postpartum care; it also includes services such as physical therapy for the expectant mother, taking care of her mental health needs, providing education on infant feeding, including lactation consulting, and so much more.

Stop the Bleed Empowers Anyone To Save A Life

An injury that leads to severe bleeding must be treated right away; sometimes emergency crews cannot get to a person who is severely bleeding in a timely manner. The Stop the Bleed campaign is a nationwide effort to better prepare members of the public to save lives. This preparation is being done by raising awareness and teaching people how to learn quick actions to control serious bleeding. A bystander, neighbor, friend or relative can be the person to get the bleeding under control before help arrives - and save the patient's life! Julia Thompson, BSN, RN, is a Stop the Bleed instructor at Norton County Hospital. She wears many other hats in her nursing role as well. Julia speaks to why Stop the Bleed is an important campaign and what is covered in a typical Stop the Bleed training. This is timely, because May is Stop the Bleed Month!

April is Occupational Therapy Month

The occupational therapy profession is highlighted during the month of April nationally, as it is Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapists can help people of all ages (from babies to senior adults) with independence in daily activities. At Norton County Hospital, Chelsea Stagemeyer, OTR/L, sees patients regularly for evaluation and establishment of a plan of care, which can include exercise programs for post-surgical, muscle weakness and other upper extremity injuries. It can also include assistance for pain control and manual therapy for soft-tissue mobilization. Chelsea discusses some of the ways she helps patients with fine motor coordination skills, pediatric therapy, fall prevention and home modification education, and wheelchair evaluations. Chelsea has a special interest in creating custom orthotic splints for hand and wrist injuries. Hear more about her work and the importance of occupational therapists in the health care system.