Smith County Memorial Hospital Requires Screening for All Patients, Visitors, Employees

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Due to the recent stay-at-home order from the governor as well as the added travel restrictions for Smith County, SCMH has decided to require screening for all patients, visitors, vendors and employees. Patients and visitors to the hospital should enter through the ER entrance to be screened. Clinic appointments will be pre-screened and may enter through the regular clinic entrance. If you do not have an appointment, you will be screened at the clinic entrance.

We have also made an update to our visitor policy. We are restricting visitors to inpatients in the hospital to one person per patient per day. Patients may designate one visitor with the nursing staff and have his/her name added to our entry list. Visitors will be limited to local, Smith County residents only.

We have made this change out of an abundance of caution. Please be aware that there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Smith County. We are making this decision out of a desire to keep our communities and staff safe and healthy. We encourage everyone to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more details about these changes at

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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.