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Phillips County Health Systems Welcomes Melinda VanKooten, FNP-BC

Phillips County Health Systems (PCHS) is delighted to announce the newest addition to our Rural Health Medical Clinic team, Melinda VanKooten, FNP-BC. Melinda is now available to see acute care patients at the clinic, bringing her extensive nursing experience and deep community knowledge to our healthcare services.

"We are thrilled to welcome Melinda, one of Phillips County’s own, to our Medical Clinic," expressed Tara Overmiller, CEO of PCHS. "Her deep roots and extended family's active involvement in our community bring immense value to the care we provide. Having medical care from someone who truly knows our community is invaluable. Melinda will also play a key role in our highly anticipated morning express, walk-in clinic, which we are excited to launch later this summer."

Melinda VanKooten is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is also a certified medical examiner on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s national registry of certified medical examiners. In 1996, Melinda's educational journey began with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Fresno City College in Fresno, CA. Most recently, in 2022, she earned her Master of Nursing Practice (MSN) as a family nurse practitioner from Simmons University in Boston, MA.

A native of Phillipsburg, KS, Melinda is grateful to return and provide care for her hometown community. With over 27 years of Registered Nursing experience across various hospital departments and administrative roles, she brings a wealth of expertise to PCHS. Melinda is also an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Melinda has two adult sons, Christian and Noah. Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, cooking, reading, crocheting, and walking her dogs.

Melinda is now seeing patients on an acute basis to meet the healthcare needs of our rural community. PCHS is excited to expand our provider coverage with her addition to the team. For more information or to schedule an appointment please, contact Phillips County Medical Clinic at (785) 543-5211.


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