Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems Has An Urgent Message In Regards To Our Emergency Services


While we continue to remain dedicated to providing optimal patient care, we are asking for the community’s assistance in helping us maintain this standard. Currently with the excessive increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, the MCHHS Emergency Room has been overwhelmed with additional phone calls that are non-urgent / not life-threatening. In order for our staff to focus on our ED patients, we are requesting our community to adhere to the following guidelines.

Effective Immediately:

  • If you have a non-urgent medical need/question, please contact your primary care providers office.
  • If you have a non-urgent COVID-19 question or have a question in regards to COVID-19 testing, please contact your primary care providers office.
  • MCHHS cannot provide COVID-19 testing without a local physicians order.
  • If you have an emergency and have COVID-19 symptoms, please call 785-738-9348 before your arrival to the ER.

If you have been identified as a known contact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 patient, it is important to follow the guidance provided by the Mitchell County Health Department and self-isolate. Thank you for your cooperation in following these steps during these difficult times.


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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