New Nurse Practitioner To Join Norton County Hospital


NORTON, Kan. – Norton County Hospital is pleased to announced it has hired Rebecca Kahrs, APRN, as an emergency medicine provider. She will begin working in the hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) as a part of the medical team on April 1, 2022.

Kahrs is an experienced nurse practitioner in family medicine, urgent care, inpatient care, emergency medicine and wound care. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska. She then received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nebraska Methodist College and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Most recently, she has provided care at a critical access hospital in Nebraska.

Norton County Hospital adds Kahrs to the medical team that currently includes Josh Gaede, MD; Theresia Neill, MD; Miranda McKellar, MD; Gino Salerno, PA-C; Jonna Inman APRN; Kristin Vogel, PA-C; and Jimmy Sauter, CRNA.

“We are excited to bring Rebecca on board with our great medical staff team,” said Brian Kirk, Norton County Hospital CEO. “Her primary focus will be coverage in the Emergency Room, but she will also see clinic patients as her schedule allows. This will also afford our current providers more time to accommodate our clinic needs. We are confident this will be a win-win-win for all!”

Kahrs said she is passionate about providing well-rounded patient care and personalizing care based on what is best for the patient and his or her family. She lives on a ranch near Republican City, Nebraska, with her husband and daughters, Violet and Monroe. Her family raises cattle and horses. She and her family also enjoy their dogs and alpacas.

Norton County Hospital appreciates the community welcoming Rebecca Kahrs in the coming weeks.

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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