Call Today: (720) 432-4419 Download Our Brochure

Rural Partners in Medicine

In the News

2019 Leadership Summit

· In the News ·

Thank you to all those who attended the 2019 Leadership Summit in Steamboat Springs, CO. The event was filled with many speakers from different facets of healthcare and networking events such as golf, hiking and socials. Please stay tuned for details regarding next year’s summit!

#ruralhealth #ruralpartnersinmedicine #summit #2019 #specialitycare #rpm #thankyou #ourpartnersrock


The Effects of Not Sleeping Enough

· In the News ·

What happens to your body when you aren’t getting enough sleep? According to a recent article published by Spine-health, the following conditions can occur to your body over the long-term when you don’t get enough sleep:

  1. Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
  2. Elevated blood pressure
  3. Weight gain
  4. Increased risk of cardiovascular problems
  5. Short and long-term memory problems
  6. Difficulty with concentration
  7. Increased stress

So, if you are not sleeping 8 hours a night, it’s time to start trying before more long-term effects happen to you! To read more about this article, please visit What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Sleep.

#sleepmore #fingerscrossed #8hoursmatters #nightynight

General Surgery in Holyoke, CO

· In the News ·

Did you know along with an orthopedic program, Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, CO has a general surgery program with RPM? It’s true! Dr. Zach Hartman, a board-certified general surgeon, visits Holyoke many times a month. He practices the full scope of general surgery, including surgical diseases of the chest, abdomen, skin, neck, emergency surgery, and trauma. He has expertise in minimally invasive surgery, advanced laparoscopy, and robotic surgery and also does endoscopy and colonoscopy. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hartman, please call 970-854-2241.

#generalsurgery #holyokeco #rpm #ruralhealth #ruralpartners

Results of the BBGH Golf Tournament

· In the News ·

Congratulations to Box Butte General Hospital on a successful golf tournament and to our RPM team consisting of Bryan Sheer, MD , Chris Pusey, Scott Dulaney, and Brian Simmons for placing 2nd place!

#golfgame #nothingontiger #ruralhealth #ruralpartners #winners #ruralhealth #bbgh #alliancene




Orthopedics Joins Brown County Hospital

· In the News ·

We are excited to announce Dr. Michael Sisk, and Tracy Ray, PA-C will be providing orthopedics services to Brown County Hospital (BCH) in addition to Valentine, NE. Tracy Ray, PA-C will visit BCH every other week while Dr. Sisk will hold clinics once a month. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, call the BCH Specialty Clinic, 4021-387-2067.


Dundy County Hospital Expands Thanks to Donations

· In the News ·

According to a recent article published by 3 News Now, 29 of 71 rural hospitals in Nebraska are operating in the red due to several factors, declining populations, federal sequestration, and changes to medicaid/medicare under the Affordable Care Act. This puts many rural hospitals in danger of staying afloat, including Dundy County Hospital (DCH) in Benkelman, NE. However, DCH isn’t allowing their struggles to prevent them from operating. Thanks to local donations and support from the county, the hospital will continue to operate and plan a $3.8 million expansion project. Since the nearest hospital is 38 miles aware, this is great news for the residents around Benkelman.

To read the entire article from 3 News Now, please visit Despite tight budget, hospital in small town expands thanks to donations

#fight4ruralhealth #ruralhealtcare #ruralpartners #support #greatworkbenkelman #teamwork #ruralhealthmatters #benkelmanne #dundycountyhospital

LRHC & Orthopedic Spine Surgery

· In the News ·

A recent post from Lexington Regional Health Center, “Testimonial Tuesday! Chris Hill recently had spinal surgery with Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Dr. John Ray.
Chris is looking forward to returning to work and to live life without pain. He is going to walk and travel more! “Dr. Ray was very friendly and professional. The surgery went great, very little pain and quick recovery. – Chris””

We’re so happy to hear about your great experience!

#ruralhealth #orthospine #lexingtonne #drrayinthehouse


A Patient Testimonial from Blair, NE

· In the News ·

A wonderful testimonial was shared with us after one of our providers, Dr. Kitchen, performed a total knee replacement at Memorial Community Hospital & Health System in Blair, NE. Great work to everyone involved to make this a successful experience for the patient.

“On May 28th I (the patient) had my left knee replaced at your hospital and I wanted to thank you and your staff for doing a great job! Starting with Dana McCabe my PA, her fore site got things going. Megan the surgery nurse, led me through Joint Camp and did a great job coordinating everybody involved. Dr. Steven Kitchen is an amazing surgeon and I can never express enough my gratitude for his skills.  Bruce Town, PA was always there to answer my never ending questions. The Surgery folks were all exceptional and always kept me informed about what I was going to do next. The nurses that looked over me always made sure I was comfortable (and brought me ice cream at nite !!). Ryan my Physical Therapist worked me over regularly and pushed me when I didn’t think  I could do more.

Thanks to you and your staff for an operation and recovery that far exceeded my expectations!!”

#ruralrocks #ruralhealth #RPM #orthopedics #totalknee #blairne #ruralpartners #teamwork

Welcome Dr. Allred to Ely, NV & Rock Springs, WY

· In the News ·

It is our pleasure to have Dr. Darin Allred join our team of partnering providers! Dr. Allred is a board-certified orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Long School of Medicine. Dr. Allred then attended the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center for his residency and San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine for his Fellowship.

Dr. Allred started proving orthopedic services for William Bee Ririe Hospital in Ely, NV and Aspen Mountain Medical Center in Rock Springs, WY. To book an appointment, please call (307)352-8900 for Ely or (307) 352-8900 for Rock Springs, WY.

Yuma, CO Partners with Dr. Sanchez, Orthopedic Surgeon

· In the News ·

We are excited to announce our partner, Yuma District Hospital (YDH), will be partnering up with Dr. Anthony Sanchez, Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Surgeon. YDH is a critical access hospital located in Yuma, CO. Together, YDH and Dr. Sanchez will offer joint replacement surgery, ligament and joint reconstruction, sports medicine and injuries, arthroscopic surgery for the shoulder and knee and orthopedic trauma to the community.

Dr. Sanchez will visit Yuma every other week started August 7. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanchez, please call (970) 848-5405.

#ruralheath #RPM #ruralpartners @ruralpartnersinmedicine #orthopedics #hospital #sportsmedicine #partners #ruralhealthcarerocks #supportrural #yuma #yumaco #yumadistricthospital

Provider Spotlight: Dr. Kaare Kolstad

· In the News ·

Dr. Kaare Kolstad is well trained to manage all aspects of Orthopedic care including fractures and strains, joint pain, joint disease, osteoarthritis, joint replacement surgery, shoulder dislocations, rotator cuff tears. He has a strong patient-centered background and his care philosophy is “I believe in treating the whole person rather than a single illness or injury. With a focus on compassionate care, an emphasis on quality and access to the best tools and technology, we always strive to provide a patient-centered approach to health and healing for every patient.”

If you are interested in visiting with Dr. Kolstad, please see him at one of his three RPM locations by calling Rawlins, WY at (307)324-2221,  Rock Springs, WY at (307)352-8900 and Winner, SD (605)842-7100.

#ruralhealth #kosltad #orthopedics #sportsmedicine #jointpain #jointreplacement #rawlinswy #rockspringswy #winnersd #ruralpartnersinemeidicine #RPM

Regional West Celebrates 95 Years

· In the News ·

Congratulations to our partner, Regional West in Scottsbluff, NE. They are celebrating 95 years of service this year. According to a recent post on their Facebook page, on May 6, 1967, the new 112-bed West Nebraska General Hospital opened by land donated by Roy Ruggar. Today, RPM is partnered with Region West to provide orthopedics and sports medicine. #congrats #regionalwest95 #ruralhealth #ruralpartners

Welcome New Partner, Holton, KS!

· In the News ·

Holton Community Hospital (HCH) is one of RPM’s newest hospital partners! Located in Holton, KS, HCH is a not-for-profit critical access hospital. Starting August 14, Dr. Steven Kitchen will partner with HCH to provider orthopedic and sports medicine services! To make an appointment, please call, 785-364-9681.

#ruralheath #holtonks #RPM #ruralpartners @ruralpartnersinmedicine #orthopedics #hospital #sportsmedicine #holtoncommunityhospital #partners #ruralhealthcarerocks #supportrural

Happy Independence Day!

· In the News ·

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Independence Day!

#ruralpartnersinmedicine #ruralhealth #America #thebeautiful #independence #fourthofjuly

Dr. McCalla Promoting Men’s Health

· In the News ·

Dr. Ken McCalla, Urologist, and Lexington Regional Health Center (LRHC) held a wellness talk last month to promote Men’s Health. According to Dr. McCalla, “It is important to speak about men’s health because all men, if they live long enough, will develop prostate cancer. Fortunately, blood tests can be used to help detect this cancer.” Among prostate issues, Dr. McCalla’s practice center on the following: testicular, and bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, kidney stones, male infertility, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), varicocele, hydrocele, cystitis, UTI’s, urinary retention, circumcision, vasectomy, Botox injection, and catheter management.

To read more about Dr. McCalla’s wellness talk, please visit LRHC Wellness Connection focuses on Men’s Health Month.

Dr. McCalla visits Lexington Regional Health Center (Lexington, NE), Tri Valley Health System (Cambridge, NE) and Cherry County Hospital (Valentine, NE) twice a month. You can schedule an appointment with him by calling Lexington at (308)324-8343, Cambridge at (308)697-3329, or Valentine at (402)376-2525.

#ruralheath #RPM #ruralpartners #ruralpartnersinmedicine #Urology #prostatehealth #menshealth #hospital #partners #ruralhealthcarerocks #supportrural #lexingtonne #cambridgene #valentinene #preventcancer

pc: C-H photo • Brian Neben

Holyoke, CO Welcomes New Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Surgeon

· In the News ·

We are pleased to announce our partner, Melissa Memorial Hospital (MMH), will be partnering up with Dr. Anthony Sanchez, Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Surgeon. MMH is a critical access hospital located in Holyoke, CO. Together, MMH and Dr. Sanchez will offer joint replacement surgery, ligament and joint reconstruction, sports medicine and injuries, arthroscopic surgery for the shoulder and knee and orthopedic trauma to the community.

Dr. Sanchez will visit Holyoke every other week starting August 14. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanchez, please call (970) 854-2241.

#ruralheath #holtonks #RPM #ruralpartners #ruralpartnersinmedicine #orthopedics #hospital #sportsmedicine #holtoncommunityhospital #partners #ruralhealthcarerocks #supportrural

Welcome Our New Clinical Coordinator!

· In the News ·

We are excited to announce a new team member to the Rural Partners in Medicine team! Lindsay Burkey, RN has joined RPM as our Clinical Coordinator, a new role at RPM, where she will be a valuable resource to our existing hospital partners on running efficient specialty surgical programs and assist new partners in onboarding the RPM program. Most recently, Lindsay was the Specialty Clinic Leader for one of RPM’s longstanding partners where she helped implement and streamline multiple surgical specialties.

Over the next few weeks and months, you may be hearing from Lindsay as she begins to get integrated with you all, our partners. If you need to reach her, you can contact her at

#RPM #ruralpartnersinmedicine #clinicalcoordinator #ruralhealth #ruralmatters #newmember #welcome

First Total Knee in Blair – Congratulations!

· In the News ·

Congratulations to MCH&HS in Blair, NE and Dr. Steven Kitchen for performing the first total knee replacement surgery in Blair this week!

According to a recent Facebook post from MCH&HS, Manny Wolf, President and CEO, states: “We are proud to bring this surgical service to Blair and to have the ability to offer a program that is focused on great patient care, safety and patient satisfaction. Our multidisciplinary team has been preparing for this moment for months and with the completion of this surgery is celebrating this amazing milestone.’

This will be the first of many joint replacement procedures and other comprehensive Orthopedic procedures at MCH&HS. The beautiful facility and personal attention will make this a wonderful place for patients to receive orthopedic surgical services.

#blairne #totalknee #ruralhealth #ruralrocks #waytogo #rpm #specialtycare #ruralpartnersinmedicine #mchhs

First Meniscus Transplant Successfully Performed at Nebraska Medicine

· In the News ·

For 18-year-old Kris Kodat, his life just got a little better.

After years of chronic pain, Koldat visited with Dr. Matt Toa, Orthopedic Surgeon at Nebraska Medicine, for additional help after suffering years of chronic knee pain. Dr. Toa said, “My main goals for him were: decrease his pain, get him back to relatively normal function and let him do the kinds of things that he wants to do on a daily basis”. To do this Dr. Toa decided to sign Kodat up for a meniscal transplant and after a six-month wait, they got the call.

“So we literally just take a meniscus from a cadaver donor and put it into a knee, a patient’s knee like Kris’,” Tao said.

Kodat is the first patient to have this type of transplant surgery at Nebraska Medicine and like other transplants, he will likely need another sometime in the future. “We know that that’s not a normal knee, even with the meniscal transplant. It’s a great surgery when you need it, but it doesn’t last forever,” Tao said.

Kodat is expected to make a nearly full recovery after eight months of physical therapy.

According to Tao, since Kodat’s surgery four months ago, he’s performed similar surgeries two more times to other patients.

To read the full article, please visit KETV.COM.