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King and Hinton Recognized with Five Star Excellence Award

Stephanie Hinton, medical assistant III, and Greg King, orthopedic nurse practitioner, received five-star honors for patient care.

Mercy is pleased to announce Greg King, orthopedic nurse practitioner, plus the Mercy Clinic Orthopedic team of King and medical assistant III Stephanie Hinton, have earned the Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC) Five-Star Excellence Award for Provider Services and Overall Care.

The five-star award ranks King and the orthopedic practice in the top 10 percent nationally for “excellent” responses in patient satisfaction surveys.

I am truly honored and humbled that the people in my hometown place their trust in my care,” King said. “Stephanie and I try our best every day to serve patients in our health care region with compassionate, thoughtful and competent orthopedic care.”

Receiving this recognition is very nice,” King added. “At the same time, I think these awards say just as much about the quality and character of our patrons who take the time to say a few nice words about their caregivers in a survey. We are fortunate to be able to play a part in the health care for this wonderful community and the surrounding area.”

As nurse practitioner, King offers orthopedic evaluations, joint injections, sports medicine treatment, fracture casting and care, as well as emergency department coverage.

Ambulance Service For Bourbon County

The Bourbon County Courthouse.

A task force began in October 2018 following the announcing of the closure of Mercy Hospital Fort Scott.

That task force has been meeting weekly since, to work on issues regarding the need for emergency medical services following the closure of Mercy.

“There is a statute that counties are to provide EMS services,” Dave Bruner, a member of the task force said.

“What is in concrete at this point is that the county and the city have signed a contract to provide a service for a year,” Bruner said.

Since both the City of Fort Scott and Bourbon County Commission had already set their budget for 2019 prior to the announcement of Mercy closing, it put them in an uncertain financial position to provide those emergency medical services.

Fort Scott City Hall

“We said ‘let’s put this together and after a year, look at the contract’,” Bruner said.

“When Mercy announced the closure, they have to give 180 days notice,” Bruner said. “So April 1 is when we will be fully Bourbon County EMS.”

“In the meantime from Jan. 1 to April 1, there will be a change of labels on the ambulances,” he said. “Mercy is obligated until April 1. They will still be employees of Mercy.”

There are currently six full-time employees and 16 part-time employees of Mercy EMS.

“We are going to do our best to retain all of them,” Bruner said. “The city will run the day to day  operations of the service-the staffing of ambulances and dispatch.”

The county will pay a subsidy to the city and handle the billing.

“There is a goal to establish a third-party entity to do the billing for the county,” Bruner said.

“The first responders (in emergency situations) in the small towns will continue to be local volunteer fire departments and EMT’s,” he said.

This provides help until the ambulance can arrive on sight of the emergency.

“The goal is to keep the same familiar faces,” Bruner said. “The only thing that will change will be the names on the ambulance and the uniforms.”

“My goal is to give the EMS a place to call their own facility,” he said

Currently, the task force is in negotiations.

“We don’t have a list of what Mercy is donating yet,” Justin Meeks, Bourbon County Legal Counselor said.

“We hope donations will be finalized by Dec. 18,” Meeks said.

Under discussion in negotiations  are vehicles, equipment and facilities.

The task force is comprised of Nick Ruhl, Meeks, Jody Hoener from the county; Dave Martin, Bruner, Robert Uhler, Paul Ballou, Rhonda Dunn and Deb Needleman from the city; and Christi Keating from Mercy.


Dr. Larry Seals Earns Fourth Five-Star Excellence Award

For the fourth consecutive year, Trina Arndt, RN; Dr. Larry Seals, OBGYN; and Crystal Roberts, RN; rank in the nation’s top 10 percent through patient surveys by PRC.

Patient satisfaction scores rank him/team in the nation’s top 10 percent

 Forget about a three-peat: Dr. Larry Seals and his team take it another level.

For the fourth consecutive year, Seals and the Mercy Clinic Fort Scott OB/GYN team have earned the Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC) Five-Star Excellence Award for Provider Services and Overall Care.

Once again, Seals has been recognized for scoring in the top 10 percent nationally for “excellent” responses in patient satisfaction surveys.

Like a legendary sports teams, consecutive awards take commitment and hard work. Going into his 32nd years in practice – and thousands and thousands of beautiful babies delivered in his hands – Seals gives all the credit to teamwork.

I’m happy because my nursing staff does a great job of treating patients with superb clinical skill and unmatched compassion,” Seals said.

Seals attributes his practice’s success to putting patients first.

When precious life in your hands, it’s important to empathize and share genuine care for everyone,” he added. “Every day we give our best to those who trust us for excellent medical care and understanding.”


Funds Still Available to Assist with Mammogram Costs

Patients who cannot afford a mammogram because they are uninsured or underinsured will benefit from a $3,000 donation from Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott.

Between now and Dec. 31, 2018, patients who are due for a mammogram and have not received the screening are encouraged to take advantage of this offer at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott. Funds donated by Mercy Health Foundation are used to provide mammograms and breast imaging for patients who meet certain criteria such as those not insured, or insured but their coverage does not include mammograms.

Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information about digital mammography or to schedule a mammography appointment online, visit or call Mercy’s Imagining Services at 620-223-7015.


Mercy Health Foundation—Fort Scott, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, raises money and community awareness for Mercy Hospital. It is dependent on the support of individuals, corporations and foundations to help Mercy meet community health care needs. Mercy Health Foundation invests its philanthropic support in facilities and the advancement of technologies and programs to enhance Mercy’s ability to provide excellence in health care. For more information, visit


Switching From Mercy to CHC/SEK: Medical Release Needed

Medical Release Needed for Mercy Clinic Patients Transitioning to CHC/SEK

 Current Mercy Clinic patients who plan to transition health care services to the new Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) located in either Fort Scott, Arma or Linn County, are required to complete a release of medical records to transfer documents. This will allow past medical records to be uploaded into the CHC/SEK electronic health records so providers can view a patient’s medical history once they are seen as CHC/SEK patients.

Parents and guardians may complete a release of medical records for those patients less than 18 years old. A durable power of attorney designation is necessary to complete a form for anyone older than 18 who is unable to sign.

An online release of medical records is available at

To complete a hard copy form, please contact Jessica Marsh at or call 620-223-8515. Completed forms may be mailed to Jessica Marsh; Mercy Fort Scott Medical Records; 401 Woodland Hills Blvd.; Fort Scott, KS, 66701.

Mercy Hospice Patio Complete

Memorial Patio at Riverfront Park Complete;

Next Phase Announced

 Mercy Home Health and Hospice has collaborated with the Fort Scott Riverfront Authority Board and the City of Fort Scott to build a memorial patio for hospice patients near the walking trail at the Riverfront Park on North National Avenue and Maple Road in Fort Scott.

The project came about as a way to honor patients and families that Mercy Hospice has served since we opened in 2012,” said Tabitha Stults, community relations coordinator for Mercy Home Health and Hospice.

Plans for the memorial patio began in April of 2017 as part of the Mercy Hospice fifth year anniversary celebration. Eighteen months later the project is complete and ready for the next phase.

Our hospice team will work closely with family members who wish to honor a loved one,” Stults added. For a $10 fee, the name of a patient who has been served by Mercy Hospice will be engraved onto a brick to be laid in the patio.” 

All the brick have been recycled from the City of Fort Scott.

To learn more about purchasing a brick to honor loved one, please contact Melissa George or Tabitha Stults at 620-223-8090.







Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy’s IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.

supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.

I Am Rehab Replaces Mercy Therapy And Fitness Center

From left to right: Hugo Dahlstrom, Occupational Therapist; David Shank, Physical Therapist; Denny Gillard, Physical Therapist. Not pictured: Janet Smith, Physical Therapist, and Sarah Moore, Office Assistant.
Mercy Therapy Services will get a new name Dec. 31, 2018, when Mercy Hospital Fort Scott closes.

“I Am Rehab LLC is the official name of our business,” Hugo Dahlstrom, occupational therapist, said. “I Am Rehab & Fitness will be on our logo and signage. It is comprised of David Shank, Denny Gillard, and I.”


“We have not signed a lease agreement yet so we do not have an official start date, but we plan to be open immediately after Mercy closes on January 1,” Dahlstrom said.

“We will continue to provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, fitness center memberships, personal training, and pre-work screens,” he said.

The fitness center will still be available to the community.

“We will offer memberships at the same rates as Health For Life,” Dahlstrom said.

Mercy Home Health and Hospice Transitions to Integrity

A photo of the Mercy Home Health and Hospice which is transitioning to Integrity Home Care and Hospice. Back Row: Kathy Stienbarger: RN, Rebecca Davied: Home Health and Hospice Director, LaShawn Noel: MSW, Dr Maxwell Self: Medical Director, Kyli Gates: RN Manager, Kerry Wunderly: RN, Joanna Gauthier: Accounts Coordinator. Middle Row: Albert Sacbibit: PT, Ashley Shelton: RN, Kelli Jones: RN, Chris Comstock: Admin Assistant, Trista Smith: Aide, David Goodyear: RN, Dreia Judson: Aide, Hugo Dahlstrom: OT. Front Row: Darcy Bukowski: RN, Tabitha Stults: Community Relations, Cindy Remlinger: Aide. Absent From Picture: Melissa George: Chaplin, Sandy Smith: Admin Assistant, Alice Helton: RN, Bob Meredith: PT, Brenda Baily: RN, Holly Schnichels: RN, Tori Stewart: COTA, Deanna Warner: RN, Shannon Nash: RN, Bill Rice: PT.


Mercy Home  Health and Hospice hosted the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee on Nov. 29.

Tabitha Stults, community relations with MHHH, spoke to the attendees at the coffee.

Stults said the Memorial Patio in Riverside Park, which was begun October 2017 was finished this month.

The area is in memory of those people served by hospice since 2012, when Mercy began its hospice service to the community.

Becky Davied, director of Mercy’s home health said that the home health department was started in 1974.

Mercy Home Health and Hospice will have a name change to Integrity Home Care + Hospice following the closure of Mercy Hospital on Dec. 31, 2018. Integrity is based in Springfield, MO.

Integrity’s Machelle Gillhous will assume the title of director of community engagement, following the merger.

“She won’t be in Fort Scott,” Stults said. “She is the director of community engagement for all of Integrity, she will be my direct supervisor.”

Between Jan.1 and March when Integrity takes over,  the staff will remain as Mercy employees as they go through the merger, Stults,  said.

“We will have the same staff and continue to provide the same services,” Davied said.

” We will continue to provide all of our traditional services that we do now,” Stults said.

Mercy Home Health and Hospice is located at 902 S. Horton in the Mercy Medical Plaza.   The phone number is 620-223-8090.

The services provided are:

For Home Health:

Skilled Nursing: Wound Care, IV Therapy, Disease Management, Palliative Care, Medication Management, Blood Draws, Infant and Pediatric Care, Patient and Family Education, 24 Hour on-call services.

Physical Therapy: Assessment, Evaluate, and Treatment

Occupational Therapy: Assessment, Evaluate, and treatment.

Home Health Aide Services: Bathing, hair care, skin care.

Social Work Services: short-term counseling and community resource education.

Chaplain Services: Spiritual support and resource education.


For Hospice:

Skilled Nursing: 24/7 on-call skilled nursing services, comfort care, pain management, patient and family education, durable medical equipment coordination, medication management   Services are available where ever the patient lives: a home or apartment, nursing home, assisted living facility, Independent care facility or hospital

Social Work Services: short-term counseling and community resource education.

Volunteer Services: Volunteers to read and visit with patients or allow caregivers a break.

Chaplain Services: Spiritual support and resource education

Bereavement Services:  Family and caregiver support for 1 year following the loss of a loved one.

Home Health Aid Services: Bathing, hair care, skin care, light housekeeping, patient and family support.


Chamber Coffee at Mercy Nov. 29

Join us for Chamber Coffee
Hosted by:

Mercy Home Health and Hospice


401 Woodland Hills Blvd., in the McAuley Room
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Click here for Mercy Home Health and Hospice’s website.

Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
December 6th – Sunshine Boutique
December 13th- Community Christian Church
December 20th – City Hall
December 27th – No Coffee in Observance of Christmas

Mercy Hospital Update by Reta Baker

Reta Baker. Courtesy photo.

On October 1, 2018,  Fort Scott Mercy Hospital President Reta Baker announced the closing of the hospital  at years end.

Mercy Hospital has been a part of the community since 1885, and the news sent shock waves into Bourbon County and all of Kansas.

Baker has been working on transitioning to a new medical care system in Fort Scott in these specific areas:  a medical clinic,  an ambulance service, a patient transportation service, an emergency room service, therapy services and home health and hospice services.


The following is an update provided from  Baker, following a request from FortScott.Biz.

“New models of care are becoming a reality for many rural communities,” Baker said. “It is not an easy change. At the Kansas Hospital Association meeting this week it was reported that 73% of the rural hospitals report having a negative operating margin, and over the upcoming year we will see many more communities faced with this change and we may be in a position to be the cutting edge example of doing this successfully.


“These new models of care have at least at least three components, we are striving for five:


  1. A clinic that is designed to meet the needs of the community.  Mercy has assured this need is met through the transition of all clinic operations to the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK).  They are a primary care clinic with expanded services to support dental and behavioral needs of communities they serve. CHC/SEK is in the process of interviewing and hiring as many of our current staff as they can accommodate.  The following list of providers have confirmed that they will be continuing their practices with CHC/SEK:
  • Dr. Katrina Burke, who will continue to provide prenatal care and deliver babies at Via Christi in Pittsburg.
  • Dr. Maxwell Self, who will continue to provide support to the Home Health and Hospice.
  • Dr. P.K. Gugnani, who will continue to provide an important role in our occupational medicine efforts.
  • Beth Newkirk ARNP will practice part-time at the FS location.
  • Pam Moyer, ARNP, will be joining CHC/SEK in the FS location, she has worked convenient care and is currently working in the ER.
  • Christine O’Dell, ARNP, who will continue to practice at the Convenient Care Location.
  • Hannah Born, ARNP, will be practicing with CHC/SEK at the Pittsburg location.
  • Amber Hunziker, ARNP, will be practicing with CHC/SEK in the Pittsburg and Arma location.
  • Amanda Stice, ARNP, will continue her practice with CHC/SEK.


The following list of providers are continuing to consider their options:


  • Dr. Larry Seals has not decided where his office will be located but intends to remain in the area, and will be delivering babies at Nevada Regional or Via Christi.
  • Dr. John Fox has not decided where his office will be located but intends to remain in the area, once he makes his choice this will be shared with the community.
  • Greg King, ARNP, has not decided where his office will be located but also intends to remain in the area, once he makes his choice this will be shared with the community.



  1. A strong ambulance service. Mercy has been contracted by (Bourbon) County to provide the ambulance service since 1991.  Mercy is working with the county to transition ownership of the ambulances and equipment to the county.  The county will engage the City (of Fort Scott) under the structure of the fire department to operate the ambulance.  It is expected that the same highly trained staff will provide the service seamlessly to the community.


  1. A transportation system to facilitate patients being able to get to provider appointments as well as to those that require a specialist.  Through CHC/SEK, facilitating transportation to physician appointments if they have no means of transportation, is a service they do provide.


  1. An emergency room is an added component we are striving for and consider a high priority but is not always present in rural models.  Mercy is in discussion with an entity for the provision of an emergency department.  This entity is in the process of completing due diligence to determine whether it can be a feasible and sustainable investment for them. As with the other services, Mercy is facilitating to remain in the community all of the equipment to operate the ER would be transitioned to this entity.


  1. Therapy services of physical, speech and OT which is another added and the fifth component to the model of care. A group of therapists has formed a company “I Am Rehab” to provide physical and occupational therapy as well as the continued (Health For Life) fitness center facilities for the community.


“Mercy has offered and is willing to work with the city and county to facilitate a smooth transition of EMS and ambulance services.


“Home health and hospice services will continue but transition around Feb. 1, 2019, to the new name of Integrity. A large percentage of the providers will stay with the new management. The service area will remain the same and perhaps expand.”