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.

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 Starr CropStarr 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

Day Receives AAPA 2017 Preceptor of the Year Award

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Physician Assistant Education Day Preceptor AwardAssociation (PAEA) has selected David Day, EdS, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, CPAAPA, as the recipient of the 2017 AAPA/PAEA Preceptor of the Year Award for his dedication to guiding and developing future leaders of the profession. The award will be presented at the AAPA Conference 2017 held May 15- 19 in Las Vegas.

"In all the letters supporting his nomination, one point was made over and over-that David is able to do the seemingly impossible by challenging students to be their best and helping them have a positive and productive educational experience," said AAPA President and Board Chair Josanne K. Pagel,MPAS, PA-C,Karuna®RMT, DFAAPA. "Through his contributions as a clinician, educator, advocate, preceptor, and mentor, he has helped shape the future and the success of our profession."

The award is presented each year to a physician assistant (PA) who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the clinical education of PA students as a mentor and instructor. For more than 15 years, Day has mentored more than 50 PAs and nurse practitioner students while working in primary care and emergency medicine at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access health care facility in western Kansas.

Day has served in multiple leadership roles with the Kansas Academy of PAs, including secretary, vice president, and president. He also served as a governor-appointed member and chair of the PA Council, an advisory committee of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Through these roles his work had a major impact at the community, state, and national levels.

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
Tuesday thru Friday
8:30 am — 10:30 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