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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

Coping with Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain can be anywhere in your body and it can completely disrupt your life. So, here a few common tips to deal with chronic pain.

  1. Take Care of your Pain. Yes, chronic pain happens. It is not your fault, but you must take care of it. Do not get caught up in the blame game. Instead, find a way to fix the problem. Contact a doctor and/or therapist to help with your pain!
  2. Stay active. Rest is essential for acute pain, but rest for chronic pain can be counterintuitive. As your muscles get weak and stiff from inactivity, the pain may actually intensify.
  3. Track your pain levels. Make sure to ask yourself throughout the day how your pain levels are on a scale of 1 to 10. It may be certain activities that are impacting your pain. If so, adjust those activities.
  4. Understand your pain. When in chronic pain don’t push through a task that is causing more pain. Take breaks and pace yourself. If it is too much, reach out for help.

To learn more tips, please visit Dealing with Chronic Pain.

RCH Breaks Ground on Phase 2

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On Tuesday, July 17,  partnering hospital Rooks County Hospital (RCH) broke ground on Phase 2 of their hospital expansion project. The nearly 11,000 sq feet addition will house all of RCH’s rehabilitation services including Physical, Occupational, Respiratory, and Speech Therapies as well as Cardiac Rehab. Construction is expected to take 16 months to complete. More details about the groundbreaking and construction can be found by visiting

#ruralhealth  #Ruralpartnersinmedicine #RPM #ruralamerica #BuildingRuralAmerica #plainvilleks

Photo courtesy of RCH’s Facebook page

Phelps Welcomes Dr. Dan Williams

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Daniel Williams, MD, anesthesiologist and pain management specialist, now offers a pain clinic throughout the month at Phelps Memorial Health Center. His outstanding experience with the community of Holdrege and the Phelps Memorial Team is what drew him to begin his rural outreach clinic.

“I came to Holdrege to cover for a fellow physician and just really liked it here. Everyone is so hard working and they truly care about their patients. They treat every patient as if they were a member of their own family. What we do here goes way beyond medicine. That is the atmosphere in which I want to work,” stated Dr. Williams.

Dr. Williams provides services to patients with spine and back issues while working closely with Dr. Henry Fabian, Jr., to identify the pain’s origin so the proper diagnosis can be made. While his focus is primarily on providing a high-quality spine program, he also provides additional services including joint injection and chronic headaches.

“When patients come to me, they are really suffering from an extraordinary level of pain. It’s not uncommon for patients to rate their pain at an 8 or 9 on a 10-point scale. When I have patients rate their post-procedure pain at zero, it is a great feeling,” he stated, “just the other day, one of my patients called me over to his room. He shook my hand and thanked me because he had not felt that great in years.”

Native to Colorado, Dr. Williams grew up on the slopes of Steamboat as a ski jumper and cross-country ski racer. After high school, he moved to Switzerland to train with the Swiss Ski Team. At the age of 25, he and his future wife moved back to the United States where he began his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He attended medical school in Denver; residency at Gundersen Medical Foundation in Wisconsin; and, anesthesiology at the University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus. Now in his free time, Dr. Williams enjoys racing cars!

To book a pain management appointment with Dr. Williams, please call 308.995.2211.

#ruralhealth #ruralpartnersinmedicine #RPM

Information courtesy of Phelps Memorial Health Center’s Facebook page.

MHCC Offer’s Orthopedics!

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Did you know Memorial Hospital of Carbon County (MHCC) offers the latest in sports injury repair, joint replacement, and a wide variety of orthopedic services? That’s right! Dr. Kaare Kolstad is now accepting new patients at the MHCC Wagon Circle Surgical Clinic where he will provide orthopedic care and surgery. Best part, it’s all done in Rawlins!

• Sports injury
• Joint replacement
• Fracture Care
• Foot & Ankle
• Shoulders & knees
• and more …

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kolstad, call 307-324-6022.

Photo courtesy of MHCC’s Facebook page.


Welcome Yellowstone Sports Medicine!

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RPM is excited to announce Yellowstone Sports Medicine in Cody, WY as a new partner! Yellowstone Sports Medicine has been providing orthopedic and sports medicine services to patients throughout the Big Horn Basin area for 25+ years. Their goal is to work closely with healthcare providers to establish an individualized care plan for each patient. To provide further care, Yellowstone Sports Medicine has partnered with RPM to provide patients with orthopedics spine services. To visit or book an appointment with Dr. Clint Devin, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, please call 307-578-1953.