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 Lemke Memorial Hospital (TCLMH) was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. Each year, the rural hospitals are analyzed through the lens of the Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance in the United States.

The top performing Critical Access Hospitals are recognized for excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, and operating at a lower cost than their peers. CriticalAccess 100 Placard LRG 300x102This achievement is very appreciated and validates the daily commitment and dedication of all the employees of TCLMH and the strong support of the community.

The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals can be found by clicking on the picture. There are 15 Kansas hospitals included in top 100 list of Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.

Campbell - Recipient of the Hugh Mathewson Award

The Dr Hugh S Mathewson Award:
Dr. Hugh S. Mathewson was an Anesthesiologist and Instructor at the University of Kansas.  He was a proponent of the profession of Respiratory Care and was very influential in the early days of Inhalation and Respiratory Therapy. The Award is given annually from the Kansas Respiratory Care Society in his Honor. It is given to a therapist who has contributed/promoted to the respiratory profession in the state of Kansas.  Such as: educators, managers, leaders, advocates. Generally for outstanding service to the respiratory therapy community.

Campbell AwardMarlyce started her career 30+ years ago. Finishing EMT school while a high school student, her goal was to become a paramedic, but as fate would have it, she took a job as an OJT respiratory therapist in Colby. She attended Wichita State University night school and earned her therapist degree. She continued to work as an EMT and a Respiratory Therapist for all of those 30 years, as well as... a CPR instructor. She has set-up FIVE respiratory departments in Northwest Kansas and all of them are still up and running except one. She set-up a clinic for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation that included patient education and pulmonary function testing. She has served on the KRCS BOD and was the Chapter V president numerous times. She was there for us in the late 1990’s when we pushed for a practice act. Currently, she is the Director of Respiratory Care at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital in Wakeeney Kansas. She is a clinical instructor for the Northwest Kansas Technical College’s Respiratory Therapy Program and serves on the Advisory Board for them. She considers herself still passionate about Respiratory Care… a strong patient advocate… and that she is blessed to have had a long enduring career working beside some of the best physicians, pulmonologists, and respiratory therapists.

 (article credit to Kansas Respiratory Care Society)

Sports Physicals

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