Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access health care facility providing inpatient, emergency and outpatient services.  Our Home Health Agency serves Ellis, Gove, Graham, Ness and Trego Counties. WaKeeney and Ellis Family Care Centers offer clinic services aimed to fulfill all of your family’s needs.   An attached 37-bed Long Term Care unit, 6-bed Assisted Living complex, and Home Delivered Meals complete the package by providing all aspects of care under one roof.

Our strength comes from the commitment and genuine caring of our healthcare team and the support of our community.  Our vision of “To be the healthcare facility of choice for our community and surrounding area” serves as our guiding principle.  We welcome your comments.

Trego County Hospital has seen an increase of patients with carbon monoxide exposure or poisoning in the last week.  Please check your furnaces and vents that they are in good working order.  If you have a carbon monoxide detector check that it is working correctly.  You may want to consider purchasing one if you don’t have one for your safety.

Trego County Hospital has seen an increase of patients with carbon monoxide exposure or poisoning in the last week.  Please check your furnaces and vents that they are in good working order.  If you have a carbon monoxide detector check that it is working correctly.  You may want to consider purchasing one if you don’t have on for your safety.

New Physician Assistant at TCLMH

Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital is excited to announce the addition of Alison Starr, PA-C to the provider staff. Alison is a native of Lindsborg, KS, and holds a bachelor degree from Kansas State University in Nutrition. Alison graduated in 2017 from Wichita State University with her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant, (P.A.) Studies. Alison StarrStarr began her duties at TCLMH on September 5, 2017.

Ms. Starr said her interest in nutrition led her to the Physician Assistant program. “I always knew I wanted to be able to work with patients and have the ability to both diagnose and treat. Being a P.A. allows me to do both.” She added that in Kansas, it is not necessary to be a Registered Nurse to enter P.A. Training. “You just need an undergraduate degree in really anything to apply for the schooling. But, nutrition gives me a great background for treating all kinds of people in a holistic manner.” Starr also said the high cost of medical school prevented her from becoming an M.D., but she loves being a P.A. and feels like the profession suits her well. “Every P.A. I job shadowed during my education made me realize they had exactly the type of relationship with their patients that I wanted.”

Starr chose WaKeeney to begin her P.A. career for a couple of reasons. “I always knew I wanted to practice in a rural area. I’ve always been a fan of small towns. My parents are from Hill City and my grandparents have always been there so we came back for visits and I learned to love these places.” She also likes small town life, and her work in WaKeeney, because, “everyone is just so nice. So friendly. They wave when they drive by and I just love that. The people here are really special.”

Starr and her husband are also avid outdoor sports enthusiasts. “We both love to hunt, mostly birds, and we like being on our family land between Hill City and WaKeeney. Living here gives us the best of all worlds.” Starr’s husband works in Hays, but they live in WaKeeney to be close to her work and the sports they love. “If we are not hunting somewhere, we are fishing. We love the outdoors and so do our dogs.”

A spokesperson for TCLMH said, “To meet the needs of our patients, the addition of Alison to our medical staff will eventually allow for extended walk-in clinic hours. Alison is now accepting new patients at the WaKeeney Family Care Center.” People can schedule an appointment by calling 785-743-2124.

Published in Western Kansas World

Casey is Newest PA-C at TCLMH

A new face will greet patients at TCLMH as Amanda Casey joins the staff as the latest PA-C. Casey graduated in 2017 from Wichita State University with her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant, (P.A.) Studies. She began her duties at the local hospital on October 2, 2017. Casey is a native of Plainville, and began her college career as a basketball player at Dodge City Community College, and then transferred to Ft. Hays, Amanda Caseygraduating with a degree in Health Promotion.

Casey says Health Promotion studies can lead to several career paths, one in the personal training field and another in public health promotion. “I’m a big sports and personal fitness fan. I like to stay in shape and the coursework I did pre-PA studies gives me the best of all worlds in terms of serving the public health.” She knew, from her senior year of high school, that she wanted to be a PA. Her interest was confirmed training with other PA’s and job shadowing people in the profession. “They all had the type of relationships with their patients that I wanted to have. It was a perfect fit.”

In her spare time, Casey enjoys going to the gym and playing sports. She especially loves to play basketball and remembers her days of playing in college fondly. “I played at Dodge City and that was a great experience. I also like to hang out with my friends and family.” She says she also loves movies of all kinds. “I enjoy pretty much anything. I like comedies, but I watch all kinds of movies.”

When asked why she chose to begin her practice in WaKeeney, Casey said, “I did a rotation here with my schooling last year. I love the community and love the teamwork here. David Day is a great mentor, and I wanted to work with him.” She added that her own hometown of Plainville gave her a love of small towns and rural communities. “I knew I wanted to go somewhere rural. “I love the simplicity of rural towns where everyone is there for everyone else. It’s homey and like a family here.”

Casey moved to WaKeeney in September in order to get settled before the rush of work began.  “I got a little bored waiting for work to start.  I spent time in my hometown and have been setting up a home here and getting ready.  It is all pretty exciting.”  She also said the experience of starting her practice has also been humbling.  “I’m humbled to have this experience and to be able to learn from the providers here.”  People can schedule an appointment by calling 785-743-2124.

Published in Western Kansas World

repowerWaKeeney Family Care Center has the opportunity to participate in the RE-POWER weight management research study in collaboration with the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin. As a patient, and as a rural resident in our community, we invite you to consider participating in this program if you need help managing your weight and becoming active.

We are in support of this program and believe it will help many rural men and women living in Kansas lose weight, increase physical activity, and improve their quality of life.
We are excited to have the opportunity for our patients to benefit from this study and believe it will only be able to positively impact those that participate. By participating in the study, you will have access to counseling sessions, including exercise tips and healthy recipes that will put you on the track for a healthier you!

Patients from our practice will participate in weight management counseling sessions via telephone in groups led by RE-POWER study staff from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Program details are described in the email.
Groups start after the holidays. For more information about the study, please visit the RE-POWER website www.kumc.edu/repower. To see if you are eligible to participate and reserve your spot, please call 913-912-3334.

What is Walk-In Clinic and When Should You Use It?

Life threatening emergencies, such as a heart attack or a serious head injury, require a visit to the Emergency Department (also most commonly referred to as the Emergency Room (ER) at the hospital).
When faced with a medical problem that necessitates care, it is often hard to assess if it is truly an emergency. Here are some guidelines to use to help you determine what is the best location for you to receive proper treatment.

Some examples of conditions that require emergency medical care include:
• Severe chest pain or difficulty breathing
• Compound fracture (bone protrudes through the skin)
• Convulsions, seizures or loss of consciousness
• Fever in newborn (less than 3 months old)
• Heavy, uncontrolled bleeding
• Deep knife wounds or gunshot wounds
• Moderate to severe burns
• Poisoning
• Serious head, neck or back injury
• Pregnancy-related problems
• Severe abdominal pain
• (Signs of) Heart attack (i.e. Chest pain lasting longer than 2 minutes)
• (Signs of) Stroke (i.e. Loss of vision, sudden numbness, weakness, slurred speech, confusion)
• Suicidal or homicidal feelings

Some examples of walk-in visits:
• Accidents or falls
• Sprains and strains
• Moderate back problems
• Breathing difficulties (mild to moderate asthma)
• Bleeding/cuts—not a lot of bleeding but may require stitches
• Eye irritations
• Fever or flu
• Vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration
• Severe sore throat or cough
• Minor broken bones (fingers/toes)
• Skin rashes and infections
• Urinary tract infections
• Diagnostic services, including labs and x-ray


Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the WaKeeney & Ellis Family Care Centers will have Walk-In-Clinics starting on September 22nd.

WaKeeney & Ellis Family Care Center Walk-In Clinics

WaKeeney Clinic Walk-In Times
Monday thru Friday
8:00 am — 10:00 am

WaKeeney Family Care Center
Phone: 785-743-2124
333 N. 14th Street
WaKeeney, KS 67672

Ellis Clinic Walk-In Times
Monday thru Friday
8:30 am — 11:30 am.

Ellis Family Care Center
Phone: 785-726-4956
1000 Washington Street
Ellis, KS 67637

Patient Satisfaction

TCLMH's mission is "Touching lives with compassion and a commitment to excellence." One way that we measure how well we are meeting this mission is by the input our customers give us. If you have a great experience we want to hear about it. Hearing about the services and staff that you enjoyed the most, helps us to recognize and reward our team.

If we fell short of your expectations, we want to hear about it. Bill Gates once said, "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." At TCLMH, we are committed to receiving customer concerns and viewing them as ideas for growth and improvement. For example in 2011, our parking spaces were widened to enable our customers to access our facility with ease; and a wall mirror was placed in the Acute hallway after a customer voiced their concern about potential collisions at the intersection.

After you receive services at TCLMH and our Family Care Clinics in WaKeeney and Ellis, please take a moment to fill out your patient satisfaction survey. Each visit can provide a new experience for our customers, and we want to hear about it!

Patient Satisfaction Committee