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First Patient Treated at Innovative Rural Dialysis Center by Phillips County Health Systems

Phillips County Health Systems, a rural healthcare provider committed to improving access to quality medical care, is excited to announce a significant milestone in its mission to enhance rural healthcare. On August 21, 2023, we proudly began the treatment of the first patient at our

state-of-the-art Rural Dialysis Center, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at reforming the care and management of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in underserved rural communities.

Pictured staff left to right: Specially trained nurses Krista Van Diest, RN, Carly Anderson, RN, BSN; on-site Nurse Practitioner, Melinda Van Kooten, APRN, FNP-BC; Interim Dialysis Nurse Director Lisa Apperson, RN, BSN, CCRN.

PCHS continues to be at the forefront of delivering innovative and accessible healthcare solutions. The launch of the Rural Dialysis Center is a shining example of our commitment to addressing the pressing healthcare needs of individuals living in remote and underserved area

The first local dialysis patient who chose to remain anonymous expressed, "I am 100% satisfied. The chairs are comfortable, the machines are quiet, and I am able to relax during treatments. I don't miss the

challenge of getting to my appointments

and the stress that it caused myself and my family by traveling to Kearney.” The patient reflected on the profound effects of the costs, travel time, and struggles for those who accompanied them for every treatment session while being over an hour away from home.

Addressing the Need for Better Access: Chronic kidney disease affects millions of people globally, with rural communities facing unique challenges in accessing timely and quality care. Our Health Systems recognized this disparity and embarked on a journey to bridge our healthcare gap through the establishment of Phillips County Dialysis Center.

Phillips County Health Center is equipped with cutting-edge technology, experienced medical professionals, and a patient-centric approach to care. Some of the key features include:

Sophisticated Treatment Equipment: The center boasts the latest in dialysis machines and equipment, ensuring patients receive optimal care during their dialysis sessions. The advanced technology and equipment were purchased through Outset and patients will be directly monitored by nephrologist specialists through TeleNeph, LLC. This equipment was acquired through generous grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the Morgan Foundation.

Advanced Medical Team: Our team consists of Board-Certified Nephrologist Mandeep Sahani, MD with TeleNeph, LLC; Dialysis Nurse Director Lisa Apperson, RN, BSN, CCRN; on-site Nurse Practitioner, Melinda Van Kooten, APRN, FNP-BC; specially trained nurses Carly Anderson, RN, BSN; Krista Van Diest, RN; Tabitha Batty, RN; Thelma Boydston, RN BSN, CEN and support staff are dedicated to delivering personalized care, monitoring patients' progress, and ensuring a comfortable treatment experience.

Education and Support: We understand the importance of patient education and empowerment. With the support of Registered Dietitian Lacey Becker, RD, LMNT, CDCES, and Social Worker Amy Johnson, LMSW, the center offers comprehensive resources and support to help patients better understand their condition and make informed decisions about their healthcare.

Enhancing Quality of Life: By establishing the Rural Dialysis Center, Our Health Systems aims to significantly enhance the quality of life for patients with chronic kidney disease in rural areas. Patients will no longer need to travel long distances for dialysis treatment, reducing the burden on both patients and their families.

Phillips County Health Systems takes pride in its innovative actions by our commitment to delivering exceptional medical care to all, regardless of their geographic location. With a focus on innovation, accessibility, and patient-centered care, PCHS continues to set new standards in the healthcare industry.

Contact Information

For media inquiries, please contact:

Lisa Apperson, Interim Dialysis Director, (785) 540 - 4994

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