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Orthopedics Can Change a Person’s Life!

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“Orthopedics can really change a person’s life, change their quality of life and that’s gratifying” said by Dr. Jeffrey Schopp, Lexington Regional Orthopedics Surgeon. To visit with Dr. Schopp at Lexington Regional Health Center, please call 308-324-8343.

Orthopedics at Lexington Regional Health Center

We have an excellent orthopedic surgeon right here in Lexington. Dr. Schopp is a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon and can perform a wide variety of procedures. You have a choice where you receive specialized care. Ask your doctor about Orthopedic Services at Lexington Regional Health Center.

Posted by Lexington Regional Health Center on Saturday, June 2, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

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“Thanksgiving is the day we start getting in shape … to play Santa Claus.” – Melanie White

In observance of Thanksgiving, RPM will be closed November 22-23. If you need immediate assistance, please call 720-432-4419.

Phelps Provides Passionate Spine Surgeon, Dr. Fabian

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Ever wonder why a highly experienced surgeon would enjoy working in a rural community?

Dr. Henry Fabian, Jr., Phelps Memorial Spine Surgeon, is passionate about practicing in rural communities and is drawn to there because of the strong work ethic of their residents and local healthcare community. “When you come into a community like Holdrege where people are so invested in their hospital and there is so much support from the community, it makes me want to come back time after time. Practicing here has been some of the most rewarding work I’ve done” said Dr. Henry Fabian, Jr.

To learn more about Dr. Fabian and the spine program at Phelps Memorial, watch the video provided by Phelp Memorial or schedule an appointment by calling 308-995-2942.

Dr. Henry Fabian, Jr.

Dr. Henry Fabian, Jr., Phelps Memorial Spine Surgeon, is passionate about practicing in rural communities. He was drawn to rural Nebraska because of the strong work ethic of our residents and local healthcare community."When you come into a community like Holdrege where people are so invested in their hospital and there is so much support from the community, it makes me want to come back time after time. Practicing here has been some of the most rewarding work I've done." ~Dr. Henry Fabian, Jr.To schedule a visit with Dr. Fabian and his team, contact us at 308.995.2942.

Posted by Phelps Memorial Health Center on Thursday, September 27, 2018

National Rural Health Day!

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National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America. It also gives a chance to bring awareness to the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face.

Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 62 million people – nearly one in five Americans – call them home. These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are places where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, respect each other and work together to benefit the greater good. These communities provide the rest of the country with a wealth of services and commodities, and they are the economic engine that has helped the United State become the world economic power it is today.

Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and under- insured citizens. And rural hospitals – which are often the economic foundation of their communities in addition to being the primary providers of care – struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents. Take a minute to think about how you can help address these issues and bring power back rural America.

RPM would like to thank all of our partners who make it possible to empower rural health!

Visit Chadron Orthopedics Today!

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Looking for an orthopedic surgeon in Chadron, NE? Let Dr. Michael Wasser, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, assist you with your knee, hip or shoulder pain. Dr. Wasser visits Chadron every other week. To set up an appointment, please call 308-432-5586.

Posted by Chadron Community Hospital & Health Services on Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Hospital Turns to GoFundMe

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In a recent article published by, Pauls Valley Hospital in rural Oklahoma was having some difficulties maintaining payroll while paying some of its debt. So, their new CEO, Frank Avignone turned to GoFundMe and the community, asking them to open their wallets to keep the facility open. Avignone mentions in the GoFundMe page, if the hospital closes, patients will have to travel at least 30 minutes to another acute-care facility.

What are thoughts on turning to GoFundMe for help to keep the hospital afloat? Pauls Valley Hospital is not the only rural community suffering. So far in 2018, there have been 5 hospital closures, according to the data tallied by the University’s Sheps Center and a total of 88 rural hospitals have closed in 2010.

Update: As on October 23, 2018, Pauls Valley Hospital received $3840 of their $2,000,000 goal.

To read the entire article, please visit Oklahoma Hospital Turns to GoFundMe.

Learn More About Dr. Sauerbrey @ Phelps Memorial

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When is the time to consider a joint replacement? Should you stay close to home or travel for your joint replacement? Having these questions? Then learn more about Dr. Andreas Sauerbrey, Phelps Memorial Orthopedic Surgeon, and the orthopedic care their team can provide by watching this short video provided by Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, NE.

To schedule a visit with Dr. Sauerbrey, call the Phelps Memorial Specialty clinic team at 308.995.2942.

Harnessing the Power of Digital Marketing By Bryna Sisk, MBA

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At our recent Rural Speciality Leadership Summit, Bryna Sisk, MBA, spoke to the group about Harnessing the Power of Digital Marketing. She was able to help the group understand what many of us are currently doing versus how much we could be doing to engage our target audience. Bryna was also able to educate us on local news retargeting, SEP-reputation management, search engine optimization, social media management, print and digital recommendations, marketing budgets, and more.

To learn more about Bryna’s presentation or to find out how she can help your community, please reach out to RPM or Bryna.

Bryna Sisk, MBA
Colorado Mountain News Media  | Swift Digital

Success! Rural Specialty Leadership Summit

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Our first annual Rural Specialty Leadership Summit hosted in Steamboat Springs, CO on September 28-29, 2018 was a success! The event included leadership staff members from many of our partnering hospitals and consisted of two days of speakers, open discussion, networking opportunities, and fun.

Thank you to all of the leaders who came to support our first summit. You all helped RPM achieve their goal which was to bring together current and potential partners so everyone could share information and showcase innovative approaches to increase the viability of rural community hospitals and help solve common rural health care challenges.

Are You Bending Over Properly?

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Did you know lower back pain can also affect your mental health? A study by the American Academy of Pain Medicine found that adults with lower back pain are more than four times as likely to experience serious psychological distress compared to people without lower back pain. Watch this video to learn how to bend over properly.


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Welcome Tri Valley Health System

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RPM is excited to announce Tri Valley Health System (TVHS) in Cambridge, NE as a new partnering hospital. Their facility is a 20-bed critical access hospital located in south-west Nebraska. They dedicated to providing quality healthcare to Tri Valley area residents as it is their mission is “To improve the lives we touch by providing care of the highest quality throughout life’s journey”.

Dr. Eric Verploeg, Orthopedic Surgeon, is now seeing patients at TVHS’s specialty clinic. To book an appointment, please call 308-697-3329.

Welcome Perkins County Health Services!

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RPM is excited to announce Perkins County Health Services (PCHS) in Grant, NE as a new partner!

PCHS’s mission is “To Provide Excellence In Care…For Life.” To accomplish this, PCHS recently renovated 51,000-sq-ft of their hospital and added a 28,884-sq-ft addition. The renovations made to the existing hospital included a new laboratory, two updated ORs, a specialty clinic. While the addition included 20 patient rooms, with dedicated spaces for labor and delivery, isolation and intensive care, endoscopy suite and new ER department. A new PT area and cardio rehab center were also in the new addition.

To complete the continuum of care, PCHS has partnered with RPM to provide orthopedic services by Dr. Eric Verploeg. Patients in the Perkins County area can now stay close to home for all their orthopedic needs.

To visit or book an appointment with Dr. Verploeg, Orthopedic Surgeon, please call (308)352.7102.

BBGH Offers Pain Medicine with Dr. Matt Pouliot

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Dr. Matt Pouliot, is joining the staff at Greater Nebraska Medical and Surgical Services. Dr. Pouliot specializes in pain medicine and will augment the patient experience for GNMSS Orthopedic Spine surgeon Dr. John Ray and Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine surgeon Dr. Bryan Bomberg. “The plan is for me to come one to two times a month to treat patients referred to me by Dr. Ray, Dr. Bomberg, or any other physician for that matter,” Dr. Pouliot said. “We’ll probably be one day a month at the beginning, expanding to two days a month once the practice builds up.”

Dr. Pouliot completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the State University of New York (SUNY Upstate) in Syracuse, NY, serving as Chief Resident his final year in 2008. He earned his Fellowship in Pain Medicine from SUNY Upstate in 2011. He is double board certified in the specialties of pain medicine and physiatry, also called physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).

“I’ll be bringing a wide array of interventional spine and interventional orthopedic treatments to treat chronic spinal or orthopedic pain that’s not amenable to surgery, or from previous failed surgery (or for patients who don’t want surgery), all of which can be done here at Box Butte General Hospital,” he said.

He briefly discussed some of the treatments he’ll bring to the area. “For chronic spine pain, there are often a few main pain sources which can be targeted directly using x-ray guided injections,” Dr. Pouliot said. “This ranges from epidural injections, to facet injections, and radio frequency ablation for chronic spinal pain. For patients that have had either failed previous back surgery or they’re not surgical candidates, spinal cord stimulation may be performed.  This involves a minimally invasive surgery to implant electrodes near the spinal cord and modulate the pain signals.” He is also able to treat acute painful vertebral compression fractures which are caused from osteoporosis.

Dr. Pouliot has a special interest in Regenerative Medicine, having been involved in that field since 2011. That interest includes participation in clinical research involving the use of mesenchymal stem cells to treat degenerative disk disease of the spine and joints. “I’m currently involved in two clinical research studies, pending approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB),” he said. Dr. Pouliot has also given multiple presentations on regenerative medicine techniques at various conferences, including presentations at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute/International Society for Stem Cell Research, Yale Medical School, and is on faculty at the Boston Biolife Regenerative Medicine Conferences.  He has also taught at The Ortho-biologics Institute Conference.  He has been privileged to treat many former and current professional athletes using regenerative medicine from the NFL, NHL, and MLB.

Dr. Pouliot is the latest physician recruited through Rural Partners in Medicine (RPM) of Steamboat Springs, CO. RPM brings dedicated physicians and surgeons directly to patients in the hospitals serving their rural communities. The practice has been instrumental over the past several years in recruiting highly qualified specialists to the GNMSS Specialty Clinics at BBGH.


Away from his practice in Colorado, Dr. Pouliot enjoys spending time with his wife and eight children, as well as various outdoor activities including mountain biking, snowboarding, and technical rock climbing.

To view the orginial article and picture, please visit Box Butte General Hospitals News & Events.

June Karlin, KHA Award Nominee

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Congratulations to June Karlin at our partnering hospital, Rooks County Health Center in Plainville, KS. June is being recognized as a Health Care Worker of the Year Award nominee by the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA). The purpose of this award is to highlight hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital and have routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.

June will be recognized, along with other Health Care Worker of the Year nominees, at the KHA Awards Luncheon – 2018 KHA Annual Convention, Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Sheraton Overland Park/Overland Park Convention Center.

BBGH Golf Tournament

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Last week a few of our RPM team members had the chance to participate in our partnering hospital’s first annual golf tournament. Our team had the chance to meet some great people, have fun and even see some local attractions. Thank you to Box Butte General Hospital for hosting such a great event!

#carhenge #allianceNE #ruralhealth #BBGH #RPM #ruralpartnersinmedicine

If you are an RPM partnering hospital and would like RPM to sponsor an event, please visit our website for more details.



Mission Accomplished: Carstensz Pyramid

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According to American300, the Purple Hearts Summits (PHS) team which includes Bryan Scheer, M.D., RPM CEO, has summited the Carstensz Pyramid on August 17! By completing this mission, the team has provided Benjamin Breckheimer, combat wounded US Army Veteran, with the type of team environment that could lead to success. Benjamin now has 2 remaining summits in his quest to become the first Purple Heart Recipient to achieve the continental 7 summits of the world.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TEAM! #Teamworkisdreamwork #american300 #purpleheartssummit #ruralhealth #ruralpartnersinmedicine #rpm #2togo

Photo courtesy of American300



Update: Carstensz Pyramid Climb

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According to an update from American300, on August 16th the Carstensz Pyramid Purple Heart Summits team was 2 helo’s uploaded to base camp with the 3rd on a weather delay. We are all wishing, praying and cheering for them to continue to have a safe expedition. #purpleheartsummits #ruralhealth #American300 #RPM #ruralpartnersinmedicine

Photo courtesy of American300 Tours

Climbing Carstensz Pyramid with American300

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RPM CEO and Co-Founder, Bryan Scheer, M.D., is attempting to climb Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid with the Purple Health Summits (PHS) American300 team. The PHS team members include Benjamin Breckheimer – US Army, Chris Klinke, Bryan Scheer, M.D. and two friends from New Zealand. The PHS team’s end goal is supporting Breckheimer’s quest to become the first Purple Heart Recipient to achieve the continental 7 summits of the world.

Purple Heart Summits is a program of, which is a volunteer nonprofit with a mission of supporting our Department of Defense and Department of State efforts worldwide.

Photo courtesy of Tantular Indonesia