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!
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 products3. Performing wound care, including wound vacs4. Caring for and maintaining central lines such as Infusaports, Hickmans, TLIJ and TLSC5. 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.