Health in the Heartland

Health in the Heartland

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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September 22, 2022
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 ...
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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.
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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 su...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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 relati...
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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, mu...
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