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!

Episodes

March 2, 2023
student-athlete-injury-prevention-programNorton 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 athl...
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cerner-coming-to-norton-county-hospitalNorton 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.
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new-pain-management-clinic-at-norton-county-hospitalNorton County Hospital, located in northwest Kansas, is pleased to offer a pain management clinic with Midwest Anesthesia Alliance.
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specialized-nursing-care-in-rural-areaMany 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...
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new-changes-for-norton-county-hospital-rehabilitationNorton 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-a-new-service-at-norton-county-hospitalPulmonary 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 d...
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how-to-establish-care-with-a-primary-providerEstablishing 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 prevent...
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new-ceo-leads-norton-county-hospitalIn 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-is-important-for-overall-healthSleep 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 th...
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physical-therapy-helps-mothers-before-and-after-baby-arrivesNorton 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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rural-hospitals-aim-to-keep-services-close-to-homeNorton 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, ...
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creative-ways-to-address-workforce-shortagesLike 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 sh...
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importance-of-routine-lab-draws-your-blood-tells-a-storyPatients 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....
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breastfeeding-education-important-in-a-hospital-settingAugust 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 la...
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community-health-important-for-hospitalsNorton 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 creat...
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complete-maternal-healthDr. 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 ...
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stop-the-bleed-empowers-anyone-to-save-a-lifeAn 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 pu...
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april-is-occupational-therapy-monthThe 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 ...
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