News and Events

Diabetic Support Group to Meet June 24

June 14, 2021

Community Hospital’s diabetic support group will meet Thursday, June 24 at 3 p.m. in the Prairie View A and B meeting rooms. Pat Rice, Registered Dietitian, and Monica Wacker, RN, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, will discuss “Continuous Glucose Meters.” They will share their personal experiences with the Dexcom G6.

RSVPs are not required. For questions…

Community Hospital Relaxing Visitation Policy

June 1, 2021

Community Hospital is allowing visitation for patients now that COVID-19 cases are lower and a significant percentage of the public has been vaccinated. Nearly a year has passed since Community Hospital restricted visitors due to the pandemic.

Visiting hours will be from 9 AM – 7 PM. Please note the front entrance doors will lock at 4:30 pm. Entrance into the facility…

Full-time Orthopedic Surgeon Moving to McCook

May 24, 2021

When Richard Lawton, M.D., Ph.D. was a young boy, he liked fixing things, building bikes, and spending time in the woodshop. Those types of interests lend themselves toward surgery, he says, and pointed him, in his adulthood, to a career in orthopedic surgery. It helped that his father, who recently retired, was a family practice doc, “so I got some initial exposure through…

Adding Telestroke/Acute Neurology Services

May 17, 2021

Community Hospital in McCook is expanding services, providing local, around-the-clock treatment for stroke patients through telemedicine. Telestroke/Acute Neurology services will be available for patients starting May 24 which coincides with Stroke Awareness Month.

These services are possible by using telemedicine specialists through a partnership with Teledigm Health/Bryan…

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 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…