RCH Auxiliary

The Rooks County Health Center Auxiliary was organized on September 15, 1983, after a couple of attempts to do so in prior years. The first meeting was held October 27, 1983, and we have been changing and growing ever since.

The Auxiliary’s purpose is to promote and advance the welfare of Rooks County Health Center. This is achieved through both fundraising efforts and by spreading the word to others about what services and programs are offered at their hospital.

Get Involved

Each year, an Auxiliary Yearbook is prepared to include names and contact information for Auxiliary members, important dates, and a listing of all committees. All members receive a quarterly newsletter to keep members informed of upcoming news, events, and new services offered at RCH.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.
Helen Keller

President:
June Mongeau
 (785) 434-6080

Vice-President:
Kandie Morain
(785) 737-3697

Secretary:
Jill Davis
(785) 639-4200

Treasurer:
Shirley Comeau
(785) 434-2104

You are invited to attend our monthly meetings held at 9 a.m. the last Thursday of each month in the RCH Education Center.

Dues are just $5 per year. Lifetime Membership is $100.

Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities for an Auxiliary Member are up to you. You can become involved weekly, monthly, or once a year as any help is appreciated.

Blood Drive

For over 35 years, RCH Auxiliary has been helping give the gift of life through their sponsorship of American Cross Blood Drives. In the past eight years, the number of blood drives has increased to 5 successful blood drives held each year. Each event requires more than 125 volunteer hours from the Auxiliary, high school and community members.

To learn more about the RCH Auxiliary Blood Drives or to get involved contact RCH Auxiliary’s blood drive committee chairperson: Carol Parker.

Gift Shop

The RCH Auxiliary Gift Shop has a new look and great new items for inpatients, friends, family and employees. Come by and check us out.

RCH Auxiliary has openings for volunteers at the Gift Shop!

Scheduling can be done in 2-4 hour increments. Contact June Mongeau at 785.434.6800 or Shirley Comeau 785.737.3492 to sign up.

Memorial Tree Lighting & Scholarships

For over 25 years, the RCH Auxiliary has sold Memorial Lights in remembrance of a loved one to fund their annual scholarships. There are two scholarship opportunities given by the RCH Auxiliary. The Memorial scholarships are awarded to Rooks County residents pursuing a career in healthcare. The second is for RCH employees to celebrate their desire to increase and strengthen their health care education no matter where they call home.

To learn more about our scholarships or to get an application contact RCH Auxiliary’s Scholarship Committee members Shirley Comeau or Kathy Ramsay or stop by the RCH Auxiliary Gift Shop to pick up an application. You can also  click here to download an application.

To learn more about our Memorial Tree Lighting contact chairpersons Kathy Ramsay or Shirley Comeau.

History of RCH Auxiliary

The organizational meeting of the Hospital Auxiliary was held September 15, 1983, with the following members attending: Verna Dean Hamblet, Janet Kellerman, Phelma Knight, Geraldine Hrabe, Shirley Comeau, Virginia Engborg, Tracy Fellhoelter, Opal Barb, Ethel Mayhew, Bernice Barta, Donna Brown, Polly Hrabe, Christy Graves, Mary Lou Gilliland and Dorothy Smrcka.

Before that time, attempts had been made to organize an auxiliary, but it had never materialized and moved forward. The feeling was positive in 1983 and the Hospital Board said it would give $75 to the Auxiliary treasury to get things started. A slate of officers were presented and would be voted on at the first meeting on October 14, 1983. Dues were tentatively set at $2 per person.

The group met with an overwhelming public attendance of about 100 people. All were positive to start an Auxiliary for the hospital. The following officers were elected: President Verna Dean Hamblet; Vice-President Janet Kellerman; Secretary Christy Graves; and Treasurer Shirley Comeau.

Many people paid their dues that day but paid $5 to get the Auxiliary started so dues were set at that amount. Lifetime dues of $100 were later added. The Auxiliary also decided to hold its first fundraiser — a bake sale — which has been held annually for over 20 years.

The Auxiliary started doing voluntary work at the hospital in September 1986 and continues to do so under guidance of the Hospital Board and its staff. It also delivers noon meals to shut-ins. Many of the individuals who help with this project are not Auxiliary members, but just caring individuals in the community.

Memorial Lights, a project started in 1986, has been both a fundraiser and a wonderful way to remember a loved one at the start of the Christmas season. A memorial light is bought for $5 in memory of a deceased loved one and then becomes part of the ceremony held the first part of December in the hospital lobby. These funds are used solely for the Auxiliary Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to youth as well as adults who are completing their education in the health care field.

November 1989 marked the beginning of the Auxiliary’s sharing in the cost of installing a Life Line in the home of someone who would need to call immediate health care to their home.

In June 2001, the “Gift Nook” opened in the hospital lobby. Both craft and new items are for sale and funds are used for the many projects of the Auxiliary.

In 2003, the Auxiliary began serving as host to the Red Cross Blood Drives held in Plainville. Elvera Beiker has been the coordinator from the beginning, with duties that include arranging the location, volunteers, notifications to the area donors of the date, location and times, as well as the purchase and the preparation of the canteen food provided to the donors. 

The hospital changed its name in 2003 from Plainville Rural Hospital to the Rooks County Health Center. The Auxiliary followed suit, changing their name from Plainville Rural Hospital Auxiliary to Rooks County Health Center Auxiliary.

The new hospital opened its doors at the new location at 1210 N. Washington in September 2008.

On October 30, 2008, the Auxiliary celebrated “25 years of caring” with an afternoon reception in RCH’s cafeteria.

The Auxiliary hosted an official grand opening of the RCH Gift Shop with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony on March 11, 2009. The Gift Shop is located just inside the front doors. Bill Stahl, COO of RCH, addressed Chamber members as well as the many local business representatives who helped welcome this new service to the hospital.  Those in attendance were invited to tour the Gift Shop and view the new merchandise displays, which included selections of unique gifts, baby items, personal care products and various children’s gifts.

The Auxiliary started providing a complimentary infant CPR training kit to every mother who delivered their baby at RCH in May 2013. 

In 2014, the Auxiliary partnered with the 2 county grocery stores to offer gift certificates with the Auxiliary receiving a small percentage. This continues to be a big money maker for the Auxiliary.

Hospital employees were able to start purchasing items in the gift shop via RCH payroll deductions. Staff enjoy the convenience of the program and it has increased sales tremendously. 

On July 2, 2018, the Auxiliary and American Red Cross honored long time Auxiliary member, Elvera Beiker, for her work with the Auxiliary coordinating Red Cross blood drives.

On October 1, 2018, the Auxiliary held a reception in the RCH cafeteria commemorating 35 years of service.

To promote safe sleep, the Auxiliary began offering complimentary Halo Sleep Sacks to every baby born at RCH in October 2019.

The Auxiliary donated over $50,000 over a 6 year period (2015-2021) to the hospital expansion program.

The group of men and women that represent the Rooks County Health Center Auxiliary have given of themselves more than 50,000 hours for the support of the hospital and continued health care to the public.

Cheyenne Armbruster-Wahrman, PA-C

Specialty: Family Medicine

Bio:

Cheyenne Armbruster-Wahrman grew up in Plainville and graduated from Plainville High School in 2013. She chose primary care because she enjoys seeing a wide variety of health conditions and age ranges. Armbuster-Wahrman’s philosophy is to always make her patients feel comfortable talking to her and to ensure they know she is there to listen to their health concerns.

She loves the close relationships that small-town living fosters, and Plainville’s close-knit community spirit is evident in the way everyone rallies together to help those in need.

In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with her family and friends. She recommends RCH as a workplace to fellow Primary Care Providers because of the opportunity to get to know patients inside and outside the clinic, as well as the supportive environment among providers, especially for those new to the profession.

Education:

  • Wichita State University; 2022
 
 

Mary Takaishi, PA-C

Specialty: Family Medicine

Bio:

Mary C. Takaishi, PA-C, chose to pursue primary care after her family experienced her sister’s premature birth, which involved numerous hospital and doctor visits. Despite initially aspiring to be an astronaut, her dream shifted after a touching encounter with an elderly man with Parkinson’s Disease during a college Christmas caroling event. This encounter ignited her desire to pursue a medical career, leading her to attend PA school to provide care and support to those in need.

Takaishi’s approach to patient care is characterized by compassion and empathy. She strives to create a welcoming environment where patients feel at ease discussing their health concerns. Beyond the clinic, she actively engages in community services, volunteer work, and public health initiatives.

Originally from Olathe, KS, Takaishi practiced medicine in South Central Kansas before settling in Rooks County with her wife. She prefers the rural setting for raising her daughter over a metropolitan area. On weekends, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and tending to her own self-proclaimed “funny farm”.

Education:

  • Wichita State University; 2006
 
 

Daniel J. Sanchez, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Bio:

Dr. Daniel Sanchez is a family medicine physician. He joined the staff at Rooks County Health Center in 1993. He enjoys preventive medicine — fixing risk factors before they cause problems.

He lives in Plainville with his wife, Karen, and their two children.

Education:

  • Residency: Family Medicine at Saint Joseph Hospital; 1993
  • Doctorate of Medicine: Loma Linda University; 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Chemistry Minor: Union College; 1986

Statement:

During medical training, I liked a bit of everything I did and Family Medicine became a very logical choice.  To follow a patient over many years, often treating generations of the same family, gives many insights into a person’s make-up–physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

I once asked a friend’s dad who was a general practitioner (the term used in that day) what his favorite part of medicine was and he told me preventative medicine.  I asked him what that meant and he said it was about helping people become and stay healthy so they wouldn’t get sick.  “Boring!” I thought.  I wanted to save lives, remove disease and do heroic things.

Now I understand.  We can really abuse our health and then bring our broken bodies for a doctor to try and heal, but how much better to take care of it in the first place and maintain it in good working order.  I understand my mentor’s line of thinking. 

My medical school’s motto is, “To Make Man Whole”.  That is my deepest desire, to restore the whole person to his or her greatest potential and maintain the highest quality of life possible.

Cynthia Peticolas, DMD

Specialty: Dentistry

Bio:

Dr. Cynthia Peticolas is a seasoned dental professional with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Peticolas was born in Maryland, but when she was a year old, her father landed a job with IBM and her family moved to Northern California. When she was in 6th grade her family relocated once again to Eugene, Oregon where her father worked as a physics professor at The University of Oregon. When it came time to go to college, the obvious choice would have been to go to her home-town college where her father worked, but instead she chose Oregon State University, 50 miles north, in Corvallis, Oregon.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oregon State and then attended Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland where she received her dental degree in 1982.

Dr. Peticolas, practiced in Salem and Mill City, Oregon from 1982 until 2007 when she married and moved to Stockton, Kansas. She now lives in Damar, Kansas with her granddaughter and all her pets!! Anyone who knows her, knows how much she loves animals of all shapes and sizes. She is an avid horse-woman and enjoys trail riding (at a really fast trot). She attends local gaming events and has been active in the sport of endurance riding for nearly 25 years.

​Dr. Peticolas is still a student of dentistry and eager to learn and expand her knowledge and skills as a dental practitioner. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and is president-elect for the Kansas AGD for 2016.

Charles Schultz, MD

Specialty: General Surgery

Education:
University of Kansas School of Medicine 1979-1983
Residency- St. Luke’s Hospital/University of Missouri at Kansas City 1983-1989
Doctorate of Medicine- University of Kansas School of Medicine 1983

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery

Lavelle Ellis, MD

Specialty: Gastroenterology

Medical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1986

Fellowship:
Wayne State University,
Gastroenterology
Royal Free Hospital, Hepatology

Residency:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certifications:
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

Memberships:
American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology,
American Association of Liver Disease.

Luann Evert, APRN

Specialty: Cardiology

Education and Training

Medical Degree(s)

Masters in Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
BSN, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Patricia Crawley, MD

Specialty: Cardiology

Specialty:
Cardiology

Medical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City

Residency:
Internal Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita

Fellowships:
Cardiology, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

Board Certified:
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Scot Bandel, DPM

Specialty: Podiatry

Bio:

Dr. Bandel is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in the area of Foot Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Dr. Bandel is a Western Nebraska native, who attended undergraduate school at Chadron State College, in Chadron, Nebraska and then went on to pursue a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University. In 2006, Dr. Bandel completed a 3-year surgical residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

​Dr. Bandel treats a vast number of foot and ankle ailments, both surgical and non-surgical, including but not limited to plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, bunions, sprains, fractures, and diabetic foot care needs. 

​During his time not spent with patients, Dr. Bandel is a very active member of his church and enjoys camping and spending time with his family.

Leann Zimmerman, APRN

Specialty: APRN
Location: Rooks County Hospital

Bio:

Leann Zimmerman, APRN, is a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been providing health care services for over 30 years in rural Kansas.  She also provides a wound care clinic service for inpatients and outpatients at Rooks County Health Center.

Her clinical interest is being a patient advocate and providing care that makes a positive difference in others’ lives.

She lives in Hays with her husband, Jayme. They have 6 children. She enjoys many sports and family events.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing- Fort Hays State University

Master’s Degree in Counseling- Fort Hays State University

Master’s Degree in Nursing- Fort Hays State University

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Mental Health- Wichita State University

Family Nurse Practitioner- Fort Hays State University

Jerome M. Molstad, PA-C

Specialty: PA-C
Location: Rooks County Hospital

Bio:

With over 35 years of experience, Jerry was one of the first physician associate’s in Kansas to provide locum coverage to rural and small-town hospitals.

He spent most of his career supporting underserved areas and fulfilling his military obligations including separate deployments to Iraq and Kuwait.

A native of Colby, Jerry is always on the move enjoying hiking, skiing, travel, camping, flying, motor paragliding and John Deere equipment restoration. When possible he assists with EMS and firefighting. Jerry is the busy father of six.

Medical Education:

  • Doctorate of Medicine – University of Kansas School of Medicine 2016
  • Master of Public Heath – University of Kansas Medical Center 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – University of Kansas 2005
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism – University of Kansas 2005

Military Education:

  • Air Command and Staff College
  • Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL (Squadron Officer School)

Certifications:

BLS, ACLS, ATLS, PALS, TCMC

Beth Oller, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Location: Rooks County Hospital

Bio:

Dr. Beth Oller is a family medicine physician who graduated from Wesley Family Medicine Residency in Wichita.

She is delighted to work in the community of Stockton and build a practice at the new clinic. Clinical interests include maternal/child care, quality improvement, and rural medicine/access to care.

In her free time she likes to spend time with her family. She also likes to read, cross-stitch, and explore Kansas.

Education:

  • Residency: Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program; Wichita, KS; 2011
  • Doctorate of Medicine: University of Kansas School of Medicine; 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: University of Kansas; 2002

Mike Oller, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Location: Rooks County Hospital

Bio:

Dr. Mike Oller is a family medicine physician who graduated from Wesley Family Medicine Residency in Wichita.

He is pleased to live in the community of Stockton and excited to work at the new clinic. Clinical interests include quality improvement, chronic disease management, preventive and procedural medicine.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys nature photography and gardening.

Education:

  • Residency: Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program; Wichita, KS; 2011
  • Doctorate of Medicine: University of Kansas School of Medicine; 2008
  • Master of Public Health: University of Kansas; 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: Fort Hays State University; 2003

Emily Decker, PA-C

Specialty: PA-C
Location: Rooks County Hospital

Bio:

Emily Decker is a Physician Associate providing medical services at Rooks County Health Center’s walk-in clinic, Doctors Without Delay. She also worked several years as a Physician Associate at Rooks County’s Post Rock Family Medicine. In 2018 she rejoined the staff of Rooks County Health Center. Emily lives in Hays with her husband Thomas, and their son Grayson. Emily enjoys traveling, reading, crafting and spending time with her family & friends.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Fort Hays State University
  • Masters of Physician Assistant from Wichita State University

Certification:

  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support