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Chelsea Voth, PA-C joins Medical Staff at Kearny County Hospital

Feb 17,2014

Kearny County Hospital (KCH) is proud to announce that Chelsea Voth, PA-C has joined the Medical Staff at KCH. 

Chelsea will begin seeing patients at the Family Health Center in Lakin and Deerfield on February 24, 2014. She will also provide coverage for the Emergency Department at the hospital.

Chelsea’s skill set complements the current Medical Staff at KCH with knowledge in the Emergency Department and also Orthopedics. She has three years of experience working in the Emergency Department at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, NE prior to moving back to Garden City and joining the practice at Sandhill Orthopaedic and Sportsmedicine.

"I've decided to continue my career at Kearny County Hospital because patients, employees and providers are treated with respect,” said Voth. “I am impressed with the feeling of community that you get at KCH.  I'm very excited to begin to serve the people of Lakin and Deerfield."

A native of Garden City, Chelsea is a graduate of Garden City High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and received a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.

Chelsea and her husband, Michael, have two Weimaraners named Rosco and Blue. In their free time, they enjoy being outdoors, camping, hiking and traveling.



Sedera Sholtz, PA joins Medical Staff at Kearny County Hospital

Feb 17, 2014

Kearny County Hospital (KCH) is proud to announce that Sedera Sholtz, PA has joined the Medical Staff at KCH. 

Sedera began her practice at KCH in August 2013. She sees patients at the Family Health Center in Lakin and provides coverage for the Emergency Department at the hospital. 

“I completed my clinical rural rotation at KCH and it was then that I realized that Kearny County Hospital was where I wanted to practice,” commented Sholtz. “I saw KCH was a growing and exciting facility and wanted to be a part of the medical team.”

A graduate of Lakin High School, Sedera received a degree in General Science at Ft. Hays State prior to receiving her Physician Assistant degree from the Wichita State University Physician Assistant program in 2013.

Sedera moved back to Lakin in 2013, along with her husband, Luke, and their 3-year old son, Josiah. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and being outdoors. She also likes to travel and is excited for the opportunities to serve her local community and abroad.




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Kearny County Hospital Receives Children's Miracle Network Grant


Lakin, KS - July 12, 2011

Kearny County Hospital has been awarded a Children’s Miracle Network Grant in order to purchase a new pediatric crib for use in the hospital.  The goal of Children’s Miracle Network is to reach children in need of medical help and to provide direct assistance to as many children as possible throughout the year.  Grant requests may be made for medical equipment, supplies, direct medical services, patient or family education or research-based medical services demonstration projects. 

With the addition of two Family Practice Physicians in the last 10 months, we anticipate an increase in the number of pediatric admissions to our hospital.  Previously, Kearny County Hospital has had one primary pediatric crib for use when pediatric patients are admitted for care.  The back-up crib we currently utilize is outdated and not patient or provider friendly.  Kearny County Hospital had budgeted to purchase a new crib for fiscal year 2012, which began July 1st, 2011.  However, the grant received covers the full cost of the crib. The pediatric crib/hospital bed that we have elected to purchase is a duplicate of the crib we currently utilize for our pediatric patients.  We look forward to the addition of this piece of equipment which will allow us to better serve our pediatric patients. 



KCH wins the 2011 KFMC Patient Safety Video Contest

KCH wins the 2011 KFMC Patient Safety Video Contest

Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. (KFMC) is celebrating National Patient Safety Week (March 6 -12, 2011) by announcing the winner of their patient safety video contest. KFMC invited Kansas providers from the nursing home, home health, physician office, and hospital settings to join with them in celebrating this week by creating a video about how they promote patient safety in their facility. KFMC hosted this fun contest to provide a platform to show our community and peers throughout the state that facilities in Kansas are dedicated to patient safety. The contest allowed participants to show their pride, use their creativity and promote patient safety in a teamwork-friendly environment.

Because of KFMC’s work across healthcare settings in Kansas, they have the opportunity to see care delivery that is focused on reducing patient harm and improving patient safety. Many of the things that can have an impact on saving lives are as simple as washing our hands or verifying two patient unique identifiers prior to giving a medication. Raising awareness for patient safety is an important step in making sure healthcare workers are reminded how important the “simple” things are.

KFMC is pleased to have received multiple entries for the contest. As the videos came in, it became clear that the judging process was not going to be easy. It was obvious that providers care about their patients, residents and communities they serve and are proud of the positive impact they have on patient safety. The videos are laced with humor and are a fun way to approach such a serious topic. KFMC never imagined that “Lady GaGa” or a cute set of “medication sharing sisters” could teach all of us something about patient safety! Entries were judged by Kansas stakeholders and KFMC staff.

The winner of the 2011 “Film of the Year” is Kearny County Hospital (Lakin, KS) with their video “Save a Patient, Don’t be Careless”. The hospital will receive $500 toward an educational intervention of their choice to enhance patient safety in their hospital. “The judges were very impressed with the creativity and effort that went into every entry. Our favorite video combined various safety scenarios with great visuals and had original lyrics beautifully sung to a familiar country-western tune,” said Deborah F. Stern, RN, Esq. of the Kansas Hospital Association. KFMC received videos from the following Kansas providers: Atchison Hospital, Atchison, Kansas; Catholic Care Center, Wichita Kansas; Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center; Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, Coffeyville, Kansas; Labette Health, Parsons, Kansas; Mercy Health Systems, Fort Scott, Kansas; St. John Hospital, Leavenworth, Kansas. KFMC appreciates all the videos, and plan to use them to help others learn about patient safety.

Please view the videos by visiting the KFMC website at, and join us in recognizing those that submitted a video and stay tuned for details on how you can participate next spring during Patient Safety Week.

For more information, contact Tami Sterling, Communications Coordinator at 785-273-2552 Ext. 358 or

Drs. Miller and Birky sign contracts with KCH

Dr. Miller, His wife Rachel and their daughter Emma

Dr. Drew Miller with his wife Rachel and their daughter, Emma (right) are settling in to their new home in Lakin. Since the picture was taken, they have become proud parents of a second daughter, Kate Renee, who was born in July. Dr. Miller is excited to begin working in a community that is in need of full spectrum Family Practitioners. He and his wife are also looking forward to being a part of a small community to raise their family. They have a strong Christian background and are eager to serve where they are needed. Dr. Miller is now seeing patients at the Family Health Center. Appointments can be made by calling 620-355-7550 in Lakin or 620-426-2990 in Deerfield

Dr. Miller, His wife Rachel and their daughter Emma
Dr. John Birky (left) with his wife Lisa and their son, Jude, are very excited to be coming to Lakin. They are embarking on a new adventure by participating in the International Family Medicine Fellowship which will first take him to West Virginia and then to Zimbabwe, Africa. Dr. Birky has had an interest in serving in developing countries as a follower of Jesus Christ.He will be joining the staff of KCH in the summer of 2011.

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