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Dr. Schopp Visiting Hugo, CO!

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Dr. Jeffrey Schopp, Orthopedic Surgeon has joined the specialty clinic lineup at Lincoln County Hospital (LCH) in Hugo, CO. A native of central Illinois, he enjoys practicing as a general orthopod in a rural community. With patients ranging from young children to the older adult population, his experience offers a wide variety of procedures from the simple to the more complex.

Dr. Schopp will visit LCH every other Friday. To request an appointment, please call 719-743-2718!

Photo: Lincoln Community Hospital

Hospital Opens Bar = Solving Healthcare Problems

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Northrop University Hospital in New York recently opened a bar in their lobby. The CFO, Tipsy Buzzington, said, “The establishment welcomes employees, patients, families, and everyone who feels like a drink when they step out of the hospital, which is EVERYBODY.” Buzzington continues, “Look, Medicaid pays $18 dollars for a heart cath.  We can’t keep the lights on with that, but check out our Code Mellow or Bacardiac Spasm, delicious party bowls of spirits and tropical juices!  We charge $34 for each.  See that table of three ICU nurses? They’re on their fifth!  Cha-ching!”

Buzzington goes on to share while the initial idea was purely financial, additional bar benefits became apparent immediately.  Employee morale has skyrocketed and sick days are taken less frequently. Patient mortality has dipped and patient satisfaction has never been higher.

What are your thoughts on this idea?

Read the entire article published by Gomer Blog here: Hospital Opens Bar, All Healthcare Problems Solved.



Dr. Verploeg Visiting Grant, NE

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Perkins County Health Services welcome Dr. Eric Verploeg, orthopedic surgeon to Perkins County Health Services Specialty Clinic.

Dr. Verploeg will provide a full range of general and advanced orthopedic surgery, including arthroscopy, total joint replacement, and sports injuries. To make an appointment, please call Perkins County Health Services Specialty Clinic at 308-352-7200.

Our New Office Address

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Rural Partners in Medicine is excited to announce the opening of our new office located within the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, CO. Please update your records with our new address, 11880 Airport Way Broomfield, CO 80021.

RPM Newsletter: The Connector

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Congrats Purple Heart Summits Team!

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Update from Purple Heart Summits Facebook page: From wanting to quit on life to now being one mountain away from becoming the first combat wounded Purple Heart recipient to achieve the world’s 7 Summits – congratulations Benjamin Breckheimer & climbing partner Bryan Scheer M.D. on Vinson Massif Success!!! #purpleheartsummits #RPM #ruralpartnersinmedicine #teamNZ Colgan Foundation Big Agnes Honey Stinger Wrangler Trango Extraordinary Climbing Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions #ONETEAMUSA

Photos courtesy of Purple Heart Summits. To learn more, visit Purple Heart Summits’ Facebook page.


Purple Heart Summits Update

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Update from Purple Hearts Summits as of January 8th: Purple Heart Summits Vinson Massif team remains safe and warm at Union Glacier – weather should be improving today – providing good chance Benjamin Breckheimer & Doc Bryan Scheer, will get off the ice and fly north today or tomorrow. #purpleheartsummits

Standing on Top of the Bottom of the World

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Update from Purple Hearts Summits: As of Jan 4th, Benjamin Breckheimer & Bryan Scheer M.D. stood on top of the bottom of the world today and are now back down to High Camp with smiles on their faces! The team should descend to Union Glacier Base Camp tomorrow. #1toGo #purpleheart7summits #purpleheartsummits

Happy New Year!

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We wish you a new year rich with the blessings of love, joy, warmth, and laughter. Wishing you good health, happiness, and success in the coming year and always.

Happy New Year from your friends at RPM!

There is Still Time…

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Have you been waiting to see an orthopedic surgeon? Well, there is still time this year to make an appointment. To visit with Dr. Schopp in Lexington, NE call (308) 324-8343.


Dr. Schopp just got done with surgery! There are still appointments available to get in before the end of the year. Call (308) 324-8343 to schedule yours!

Posted by Lexington Regional Health Center on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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.