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Mitchell Co. Hospital Health Systems To Close Geriatric Special Care Unit

For years, Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems has successfully operated a Geriatric Special Care Unit (SCU). The SCU has been treating geriatric patients from Kansas and surrounding states for over 20 years. Unfortunately, the workforce challenges due to COVID-19 have left us unable to fill staff positions that are vital to the SCU’s operation. This workforce shortage has forced us to make the difficult decision to close the SCU. We will continue to care for those patients currently in our care until the SCU officially closes on December 1st.

The closing of the SCU will NOT impact the operations of our outpatient Senior Life Enrichment program. It will continue to operate as normal as we are committed to providing behavioral health needs to our community.

\Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems will continue to explore additional opportunities as they present themselves.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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