Norton County Hospital Names Interim CEO Kellen Jacobs

Last week, the Norton County Hospital (NCH) Board of Trustees made a change in administration and announced Kellen Jacobs, Rehabilitation Manager, as the Interim CEO.

Kellen Jacobs graduated from Phillipsburg in 2001, where he was born and raised. He then went on to graduate from UNK with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Afterward, he went immediately to Grad School at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2009. He has worked at many locations since then, in every imaginable situation where one can practice physical therapy. Jacobs has been the Rehabilitation Manager at NCH since January 2014.

Jacobs is married with four children, who are his whole world. Jacobs and his wife, Emily plan to continue to raise their family in Norton, which they call home and have come to love. Jacobs explains his dedication towards NCH, “I love this community and the staff that I work side by side with. I am continuing to work in my current role and see patients, at least partially, as well as my duties as the Interim CEO. I have completed the Leadership training from the Kansas Leadership Center. I have managed clinics and staff in various forms since 2012.”

Jacobs continues, “We have a tremendous amount of highly educated and well-experienced staff. We can share ways to work hard together to ensure success. I will do my best to foster an environment that is safe to share ideas and brainstorm ways to prosper. I will always do what I think is best for our employees and the organization as a whole. I want NCH to be successful for a very long time.”

Norton County Hospital is grateful to have Jacobs’ experience and leadership to help guide the way and continue to empower health and wellness at any stage of life for our community.

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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