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Rural Partners in Medicine

Month: September 2017

Use Cold Therapy to Help Reduce Pain!

· In the News ·

Are you suffering from inflammation and/or pain? If so, did you know cold therapy can help reduce your symptoms! If you don’t have an ice pack available, here is a simple way to make a gel ice pack. Please note you should always consult with a medical professional about your symptoms.

What you will need: 3 parts water, 1 part rubbing alcohol (example: 2 cups of water, 1 cup of rubbing alcohol), 2 Gallon sized Ziploc bags, and food coloring (optional).


1) Mix the water, alcohol, and a few drops of food coloring together in one of the Ziploc bags

2) Release as much air as possible and seal the bag

3) Double bag the contents using the second Ziploc bag

4) Place in the freezer for at least one hour

And there you have it! A quick and flexible gel ice pack to help reduce your pain!

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NE Recognized as One of the Best for CAHs

· In the News ·

The state of Nebraska has been recognized among one the best in the country for outstanding quality reporting and performance by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The ranking is based on achieving the highest reporting rates and improvement over the past year. Other states recognized were Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, and Massachusetts.

RPM is proud to have nine partnering hospitals in Nebraska. We wish to congratulate all who helped Nebraska become recognized by HRSA!

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Norton Continues to Offer Orthopedics

· In the News ·

Norton County Hospital (NCH) recently announced they will continue to offer orthopedic services with Dr. Greg Sarin to the Norton community. This news came after NCH announced earlier this Summer they would be cutting back on specialty services due to their planned renovation project being indefinitely suspended. In an update given by NCH, Gina Frack, Interim CEO stated, “After seeing data showing how (orthopedic) services can grow and be sustainable when given a viable opportunity, we felt continuing these services were the best option right now.”

Dr. Sarin has been visiting NCH twice a month for over a year. His practice has continued to grow while allowing patients to seek specialty care close to their homes. To find out more information or make an appointment with Dr. Sarin, please call NCH at 785-877-3351.