Latest RCH News

04.17.17 | Rooks County Sheriff’s Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs 

On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Rooks County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the parking lot in front of the Rooks County Health Center, 1210 N. Washington.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Click here to read more.

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03.13.17 | Rookstock Returns

April 29 in Plainville, Rookstock’s iconic meadowlark will once again take flight, ushering in the musical fundraising event for the Rooks County Healthcare Foundation (RCHF). Proceeds from this year’s celebration will benefit the second phase of expansion at Rooks County Health Center (RCH). Last year, Rookstock’s inaugural event netted over $100,000 for the hospital expansion. Click here to read more. 

03.01.17 | New Lung Screeing Offers Early Detection of Cancer

Rooks County Health Center (RCH) offers a new screening for early detection of lung cancer.  For some this life saving screening can be performed at no cost to the patient. RCH is one of only two facilities in northwest Kansas certified to perform the screening.  The screening is painless, takes approximately 15 minutes and involves having a low dose CT Scan (Computerized Axial Tomography). The exam is recommended yearly for those with high-risk factors. Click here to read more.

03.01.17 | Employee Newsletter

02.26.17 | New Van Ready to Roll for County Transportation System

The Rooks County Transportation System (RCTS), commonly and affectionately known simply as “The Van” has upgraded its service with the acquisition of a new vehicle. A 2017 Ford Transit arrived on February 16 to replace an older, less efficient vehicle. Click here to read more.


02.15.17 | Employee Newsletter

02.07.17 | Plainville Doctor Finalist for 2017 Kansas Family Physician of the Year

The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) announces Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP as one of nine nominee finalists for the 2017 Kansas Family Physician of the Year award. Dr. Fisher of Lifeline Family Medicine PA is a member of Post Rock Family Medicine and one of the founding physicians of Doctors Without Delay, the daily walk-in clinic at Rooks County Health Center. Recently Dr. Fisher was also appointed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to serve on the Commission on Health of the Public & Science. Click here to read more.

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01.10.17 | State-of-the-Art MRI Unit Arrives at RCH

The magnet for Rooks County Health Center’s (RCH) new MRI & Nuclear Medicine suite arrived on-site Wednesday, January 4. The 4 1/2 ton magnet, known in the industry as the OR200, is the core of the Toshiba built Vantage Titan Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit and it is the only one of its kind in Kansas or Missouri. Click here to read more.

01.10.17 | RCH Celebrates New Year’s Baby 2017

Bright, bouncy and beautiful Jackson Grabbe was the first baby born at Rooks County Health Center (RCH) in 2017! The proud parents are Julie and John Grabbe of Schoenchen, KS. This adorable little boy entered the world at the Rooks County Health Center on January 6th at 4:06 a.m. weighing 7 lbs, 13 oz. Dr. Beth Oller was the attending physician. Click here to read more.

01.06.17 | RCH Ranked Among Top 50 US Hospitals With Lowest Rate of Patient Readmissions

The results of a national hospital review ranks Rooks County Health Center (RCH) as tied for 39th out of 5,627 hospitals in the country for having the lowest rate of patient readmissions. The data was accumulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and published by Becker’s Hospital Review.  CMS guidelines use a hospital’s percentage of unplanned readmissions to gauge its efficiency in such areas as preventing complications arising from a hospital stay, providing clear instructions to the patient upon discharge after a stay and ensuring a smooth transition from the hospital back to the patient’s home.  Click here to read more.

01.01.17 | Employee Newsletter

12.27.16 | Rival Schools Unite to Support Cancer Council

Stockton and Plainville high school cheerleading squads came together on December 20 to show support for county residents diagnosed with cancer in a powerful display of cheer squad dance routine excellence and county unity.  Click here to read more.

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11.07.16 | Rooks County Healthcare Foundation Thankful for New Funding

Recently the Rooks County Healthcare Foundation (RCHF) received a generous grant from the William H. Andreson Charitable Trust to aid in expansion of Rooks County Health Center (RCH).  This funding along with other recent contributions continues to strengthen and support health care in Rooks County. Click here to read more.

11.01.16 | Employee Newsletter

10.25.16 | RCH’s Newly Formed Patient & Family Advisory Council Begins Work

The new Patient & Family Advisory Council (PFAC) has begun providing insight to Rooks County Health Center (RCH) staff and administration from the point of view of patients and their families who utilize RCH services. RCH formed the special community council in order to incorporate the patient perspective throughout its health care system for improved care and overall experience. Click here to read more.

10.15.16 | Employee Newsletter

10.14.16 | Hospital’s New Addition Another Plus for Rooks County

Since opening its new facility conveniently located on U.S. highway 183, Rooks County Health Center (RCH) has expanded its role not only within the county, but also throughout northwest Kansas drawing many to Rooks County for services. The new MRI/Nuclear Medicine suite to open later this year is expected to bring even more visitors to Rooks County as proven by RCH’s other initiatives according to Eric Sumearll, RCH Communications and Development Director. Click here to read more.

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08.16.16 | New Free Exercise Class at RCH

Rooks County Health Center‘s (RCH) Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, with guidance from the Physical Therapy Department, is offering a free exercise Wellness Program for adults every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the RCH Education Center located at the intersection of K-18 and Hwy 183 (formerly J-J Auto).  Seated and standing exercise sessions are provided with modifications available for most fitness levels.  The class focuses on strengthening and stretching for all muscle groups, as well as cardiovascular fitness activities. Click here to read more.

08.15.16 | Employee Newsletter

08.08.16 | Heartland Community Foundation Helps Fund County Health Initiatives

The Heartland Community Foundation recently awarded Rooks County Healthcare Foundation (RCHF) three grants totaling $10,734 to help fund three new health care programs initiated at Rooks County Health Center (RCH). Click here to read more.

08.01.16 | Employee Newsletter

07.18.16 | RCH Receives Level IV Trauma Center Designation from KDHE

The trauma center at Rooks County Health Center (RCH) has again received designation as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment (KDHE). Every three years, designated trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma. Click here to read more.

07.15.16 | Employee Newsletter

07.11.16 | Grant Moves Health Center Closer To Further Expansion

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation recently awarded Rooks County Healthcare Foundation (RCHF) a $500,000 grant to help build a new dedicated rehabilitation facility at Rooks Country Health Center. RCHF is in the midst of a capital campaign to help with the multi-phase hospital expansion. Click here to read more.

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05.02.16 | RCH Breaks Ground for MRI/Nuclear Medicine Addition

Rooks County Health Center (RCH) officials and representatives of Miller Architects and Paul-Wertenberger Construction Company officially broke ground on Phase 1 of the RCH hospital expansion project on May 2. The 2,800 gross square foot addition will house a Vantage Titan 1.5 T Magnetic Resonance Imaging System, the industry’s quietest and most advanced MRI technology on the market. Click here to read more.

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03.26.16 | Blues & Country Rock Included in Rookstock Lineup

The first ever Rookstock, a fundraising gala benefitting Rooks County Health Care Foundation for the expansion of Rooks County Health Center, promises a wide variety of music and entertainment for attendees.  Musicians from Rooks County or with ties to the county will perform during the outdoor event on Saturday, April 30 in Plainville. Click here to read more.

03.15.16 | Employee Newsletter

03.03.16 | Foundation Announces Rookstock

Musicians from Rooks County will converge on one stage April 30 in Plainville for the first ever Rookstock.  Rookstock is a fundraising gala benefitting Rooks County Health Care Foundation for the expansion of Rooks County Health Center. Click here to read more.

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01.19.16 | Healthcare Corner: Introducing Rooks County’s New Generation

Children represent the future of a community. The announcement of the birth of a baby is not only a joyous occasion for the families; it is also an important event in the history of the community. It signals that a new generation is on the way to fill the schools, learn the values of rural life and to prepare to do its part in keeping the community a healthy and vibrant place to live and work.
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01.18.16 | RCH Celebrates New Year’s Baby 2016

Beautiful Marley Cutshall-Metcalf was the first baby born in Rooks County in 2016! The proud parents are Alexia Nunn-Cutshall and Justin Metcalf of Hill City. This adorable little girl entered the world at the Rooks County Health Center on January 4th at 2:54 p.m. weighing 8lbs 8oz.
Click here to read more.

01.15.16 | Employee Newsletter

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12.28.15 | January First Friday Screening Date Changed Due To New Year’s Day

Traditionally, people waited for an annual health fair to receive discounted lab work and screenings, but Rooks County Health Center’s First Friday Screenings allow people to be even more proactive in their health and choose the time that fits their needs and schedule best.  Discounted tests are offered the first Friday of every month, unless a holiday falls on the date, with RCH’s First Friday Screenings.
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12.15.15 | Employee Newsletter

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11.17.15 | Francie’s Story  

Saving a life is the greatest dividend that an investment in a hospital and an airport will ever return. Francie Benedick and her doctor at KU Medical Center will tell you that without the resources at Rooks County Health Center (RCH) coupled with the Rooks County Regional Airport, Benedick would not be alive today.
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10.27.15 | RCH Congratulates Mary Mesecher

Rooks County Health Center honors Mary Mesecher of Plainville in commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mary won a basket of assorted Pampered Chef items from the RCH Digital Imaging Department. Mary is a three-time breast cancer survivor who encourages all women to get an annual mammogram screening. 

10.23.15 | RCH Welcomes Colorado Surgeon, Dr. Greg Sarin 

Total hip, knee and other joint replacements are now available at Rooks County Health Center (RCH) via Greg Sarin, DO of Storm Mountain Orthopedics in Steamboat Springs Colo. Along with offering general orthopedic services, Dr. Sarin specializes in all aspects of knee injuries as well as trauma, sports medicine and total joint replacement. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Sarin also serves as a physician for the U.S. Ski Team.
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10.15.15 | Employee Newsletter

10.13.15 | Mammograms Help Save Lives

Mammograms can save lives by detecting cancer earlier than a physical exam or physical symptoms of breast cancer appear in most cases. Rooks County Health Center’s three registered mammography technologists perform approximately 700 mammograms yearly. In the past year, they found six instances of breast cancer through mammography.
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10.01.15 | Employee Newsletter

09.28.15 | Transportation service provides mobility and increases independence

“The Van” is keeping Rooks County residents on the move, while enabling many to live as independently as possible. “The Van” is what the staff at Rooks County Transportation Service and their loyal riders call the service, but it’s actually more than one van and much more than just transportation.
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09.15.15 | Employee Newsletter

09.01.15 | Health Care Close to Home – One Family’s Story

Meet Maci Hunziker!  She is a lively three-and-a-half year old girl who had a rocky start.  Shortly after her birth in November 2011, her family began a roller coaster ride of health crises, worry and stress connected with the care needs of a very sick baby.  Maci came home from the hospital with her parents, Katie and Clint, but began losing weight and was not gaining muscle tone. It was discovered that she would eventually need surgery and numerous medical procedures due to a rare heart defect. 
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07.18.15 | US Olympic Committee Selects RCH Physical Therapist To Volunteer

In October, Rooks County Health Center’s Director of Rehabilitative Services, AJ Thomas, PT, DPT, MS, will work with Olympic and Paralympic athletes as a volunteer physical therapist for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Thomas recently accepted a nomination from the USOC to serve a five year volunteer term.
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07.15.15 | Employee Newsletter

07.14.15 | Health Care Corner: Troy’s Story

Summer is upon us, and kids will be out riding bikes, playing ball, swimming and doing all the other things kids like to do during their school vacation. This year, such activities will be particularly special for one Plainville family whose son Troy is now able to participate in these common childhood pastimes more readily and confidently.
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06.08.15 | RCH’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Accredited

Rooks County Health Center Diabetes Education program was recently accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a National Accredited Organization (NAO), certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This will allow people with diabetes in and around Rooks County increased access to high quality diabetes education services.
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05.18.15 | Sumearll Returns Home To Join Hospital And Foundation

Born and practically raised at the former Plainville Rural Hospital, Eric Sumearll is familiar with health care in Rooks County. Now, he’ll work to keep health care progressing in the county as the Executive Director of Rooks County Healthcare Foundation and Rooks County Health Center’s Communication and Development Director.
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05.01.15 | Employee Newsletter

04.20.15 | Free Screenings Part of April 25 Health Fair

This Saturday, marks Rooks County Health Center’s annual free Health Fair. In addition to free refreshments, giveaways, health information, a quilt raffle and free and discounted screenings, this year’s Health Fair celebrates RCH’s 60th Anniversary. The free Health Fair runs 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Stockton High School Gymnasium, 105 N. Cypress Street.
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04.06.15 | RCH to Host Health Fair in Stockton April 25

The public is invited to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Rooks County Health Center (RCH) at the annual Free Family Fun Health Fair 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Stockton High School Gymnasium, 105 N. Cypress Street. The Free Health Fair offers free screenings, free refreshments and educational opportunities on how to be proactive in one’s own health care.
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04.01.15 | Employee Newsletter

03.16.15 | Rooks County Health Center Provides Help for Avoiding Health Care Tax

Rooks County Health Center (RCH) offers counseling services to complete applications for private health insurance coverage during the new special enrollment period from March 15 to April 30. This special enrollment period is for those who did not have health insurance in 2014 and have not enrolled in health insurance for 2015. Based on their income, many individuals risk paying a fee for not having health coverage, $95 per person or one percent of household income, whichever is greater. In 2015, this fee will increase to $325 per person or two percent of their household income if a person chooses to remain uninsured.
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03.15.15 | Employee Newsletter

02.16.15 | Rooks County Health Center Marks 60th Anniversary Saturday

Saturday, February 21 marks the 60th Anniversary of Rooks County Health Center (RCH). Originally opened as Plainville Rural Hospital at 304 S. Colorado Street, the name was changed in 2003 to Rooks County Health Center and a new facility opened September 2008 at its present location 1210 N. Washington Street.
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02.15.15 | Employee Newsletter

02.09.15 | RCH Demonstrates Diligence Against Heart Disease with Open House Tuesday

Rooks County Health Center (RCH) recognizes that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the Unites States, more than all types of cancer combined. Unlike cancer, heart disease can often be prevented. To further awareness of these preventative measures, RCH Cardiac Rehabilitation is hosting an open house 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 17 on campus at 1210 N. Washington Street, Plainville.
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02.02.15 | Doctors Without Delay Sets Record, Services to Expand

Doctors Without Delay, the six day a week walk-in clinic located inside Rooks County Health Center, set a new record of patients served and announces plans to expand its growing diagnostic services, which allows patients immediate testing without leaving the facility.
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02.01.15 | Employee Newsletter

01.26.15 | Rooks County Cancer Council Fundraising Successes

Rooks County Cancer Council recently received an award for $1,250 from Walmart’s Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating charitable giving focus to provide ongoing voucher support for cancer patients in Rooks County. This award joined with $3,100 from a campaign in November 2014 will help the Cancer Council support residents of Rooks County undergoing treatment for cancer.
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01.15.15 | Employee Newsletter

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