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New Treatment Chairs Improve Comfort and Care

Infusion Chair

Outpatient Injection/Infusion nurses Peg Smalley, Sydney Bauman, and Jacqueline Schelper stand with one of the “super comfy” new patient chairs. A patient may use the chair from 15 minutes to eight hours depending on…

Community Hospital Ceasing TestNebraska Events

March 1, 2021

After eight months of partnership, and more than 1,400 tests completed, Community Hospital has stopped offering the TestNebraska service. This service is still available throughout the state. For those in need of testing, please visit www.testnebraska.com for dates and times in the area.

“Thank you to all of our volunteers that spent countless hours testing our community,”…

Hospital Assists Health Department with Vaccinations

February 9, 2021

Community Hospital began helping Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department with COVID-19 vaccinations to the public on January 28, according to Sharon Conroy, RN, Community Hospital Infection Preventionist. Since then, closed vaccination pods will be planned weekly.

The hospital is providing meeting room space and staff to phone, vaccinate and organize the clinic…

Foundation Purchases Lab Freezer

Community Hospital’s laboratory department is always excited to receive new pieces of laboratory equipment, but most important to them is what the new equipment means for patients.

Recently acquired in the laboratory through a grant from Community Hospital Health Foundation was a new blood bank plasma freezer.

“It’s important to keep laboratory equipment updated for the most accurate…

Hospital Announces Temporary Orthopedic Surgeons

January 21, 2021

Community Hospital welcomes two orthopedic surgeons who specialize in general orthopedics and sports medicine to the Medical Specialists Center. Melissa Koenig, M.D. and Ryan Sieg, M.D. will provide part-time temporary orthopedic services through at least June 2021.

Both orthopedic surgeons will be assisted in surgery by board-certified orthopedic physician assistant…

Community Hospital Announces 2021 New Year’s Baby

January 11, 2021

Community Hospital’s New Year’s baby was a little miss named Makeeda Marie Louise Reed born at 6:46 AM January 7. Her parents, Avion Reed and Destin Jensen, and two siblings, welcomed Makeeda. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long. Delivering the baby was McCook Clinic family physician, Jason Blomstedt, D.O. The family recently moved to Minden but returned…

Welcoming Visiting Neurosurgeon and PA

December 29, 2020

Community Hospital is pleased to announce a neurosurgeon and his physician assistant have joined the Medical Specialists Center staff as visiting specialists.

The hospital welcomes W. Lee Warren, MD, FACS, neurosurgeon, and Star Bartlett-Rone, PA-C, who will see patients in McCook the first Monday of each month. They are both associated with Great Plains Health…

Staff Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

December 23, 2020

Community Hospital was excited to begin inoculating the first “doses of hope” of COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare staff on Tuesday. The allotment of vaccine arrived from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services just after lunch. Staff began receiving inoculations one and a half hours later.

“This is truly a memorable and exciting day,” said Sharon Conroy,…

Hospital Administers Drugs to Prevent COVID Hospitalizations

December 8, 2020

Community Hospital’s supply of monoclonal antibody drugs to help prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations continues to remain steady, according to Anthony Rodewald, Director of Pharmacy. The two medications available were authorized for emergency use from the FDA in November for the treatment of COVID-19. They are currently being allocated by the federal government.

Community…

Hospital Administers Drug to Prevent COVID Hospitalizations

November 24, 2020

Community Hospital administered its first doses of Bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody drug last week. The drug recently received emergency use authorization from the FDA in the treatment of COVID-19.

Community Hospital received a supply of the drug on November 18 and has already treated several patients. Pronounced BAM-la-NIH-vih-mab, the drug is currently being…