MCHHS Implements Tobacco-free Campus Policy


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Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems (MCHHS), in Beloit, Kansas, will be
taking a proactive step to improve the environment for healthy living by implementing a tobacco free policy on all of its campuses, both owned and leased. This policy will apply to all patients, visitors, medical staff members, vendors and employees. Effective July 1st, 2017, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted on our campus, on our parking lots, or anywhere on the grounds of our facilities.

Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems has joined hospitals across Kansas in an effort to
become tobacco-free. As a health care organization, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients. We believe that we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue, and becoming a smoke free campus supports that responsibility.

Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems is developing programs for employees who choose to quit using tobacco products all together as well as programs to help get them through a
designated shift.

Our patients are very important to us and we are working closely with physicians to develop
coping strategies and nicotine cessation strategies for them during their stay. The tobacco-free initiative is a concrete way we can demonstrate our ongoing commitment to healthy living.

Thank you for your support as Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems moves to a tobacco-free facility/campus.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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