Community Memorial Healthcare To Open New Health Clinic In Axtell

MARYSVILLE – Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) is pleased to announce plans to open a new rural health clinic in Axtell. The new clinic location will be in partnership with the Axtell Community Fitness Center and housed in the Fitness Center’s new building. Construction for the proposed clinic area is anticipated to be completed by the New Year.

“We’re excited about it, and our medical staff is excited about it,” said CMH administrator Curtis Hawkinson. “It’ll be a great thing for the Axtell area community and for Marshall County”.

The Axtell Community Fitness Center is a community project spearheaded by citizens in the Axtell area. Monetary and in-kind donations are being collected to fund the completion of the project. Construction labor is being donated by local businesses and community members. The building will house a 24/7 fitness center including exercise equipment and a walking track, a space for group fitness, and will also be used by school students as a weight room, in addition to CMH’s new rural health clinic space. The committee’s goal is to improve rural access to a healthy lifestyle all year round by offering a safe and convenient location to work towards personal health goals.

The fitness center is located on a purchased lot just south of Axtell High School, near the school’s greenhouse. Access to the fitness center’s equipment will be by paid membership; public clinic hours will be staffed by CMH personnel.

Community Memorial Healthcare also has rural health clinics in Marysville, Blue Rapids, and Wymore, Neb., and a surgeon’s office, award-winning 25-bed critical access hospital, home health, and a durable medical equipment store in Marysville.

More information about this new and exciting partnership will be announced 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 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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