NCH receives $50,000 from Norton County Commissioners

Norton County Hospital would like to sincerely thank the Norton County Commissioners for their ongoing commitment to assist with equipment improvements and for recently granting $50,000 to the hospital. These funds will be used to purchase an updated cardiopulmonary system, which will aid in patient monitoring for both cardiac rehab and pulmonary rehab – a newly added service.

Lacey Ninemire, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation manager at NCH, said the new system will have numerous benefits, including a better tracking system for patient outcomes for both the cardiac and pulmonary programs, newer technology with enhanced monitoring to help keep patients safe, and a streamlined admission and discharge process that saves time for both staff and patients. Any funds remaining after the cardiopulmonary system purchase will be put towards upgrading the hospital’s telemetry equipment.

Norton County Hospital CEO Brian Kirk said the new cardiopulmonary system will interface with the new electronic medical records system provided by Cerner that the hospital is currently working on implementing. Investments such as these are making Norton County Hospital the best place to work, receive health care and practice medicine.

In addition to this recent support, the Norton County Commissioners approved a mill levy increase to provide more funding for Norton County Hospital. Last fall, they provided $300,000 for new x-ray equipment. The support is greatly appreciated and will help the hospital tremendously as it envisions providing “well-resourced, sustainable, high-quality health care” for the region.

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 2020 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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