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  • About AVHS

    The Artesian Valley Health System is located in Meade, Kansas, and is comprised of a 20-bed critical access hospital, a 45-bed long-term care center, two rural health clinics, and a wellness center. We provide comprehensive patient-focused care in a variety of settings, delivered by skilled medical professionals. Our not-for-profit status ensures that all financial resources remaining after expenses are re-invested in the system to improve technology, the facilities, and patient services.

    AVHS is committed to bringing friendly service, quality care, and state-of-the-art technology to Meade County and the surrounding communities, so our friends, families, and neighbors can always have access to close-to-home care.

    The hospital is governed by a six-member,  board of directors, comprising a broad spectrum of professional, business and community leaders. The board is responsible for hospital compliance with legal requirements, maintenance of professional and ethical standards of healthcare and financial and operational management. Board meetings are held monthly.

  • Meet the Board of Directors

    Tom Rickard

    Commodities Trader, Schwieterman Inc.

    Roger Musgrove

    Retired Police Officer

    Karen Friesen

    Former Pharmaceutical Representative

    Ruth Miller

    Clerk, Meade County Treasurer’s Office

    Jerald Stinson

    Aflac Independent Insurance Agent

  • Meet the CEO

    Tara Ramlochan, MSN, RN, NE-ABC

    Tara Ramlochan, RN, is currently serving as Artesian Valley Health System’s Interim CEO/CNO. Tara joined Artesian Valley in April of 2018. She has over 12 years of leadership experience in multi-specialty in small and large hospitals. In specific comparison to AVHS, Tara held leadership roles in a critical access hospital in the rural smoky mountains of North Carolina. She made positive changes that increased both patients’ satisfaction and employee morale, which as Tara says are “two needed variables for successful operations in today’s healthcare environment.” AVHS welcomes Tara and is faithful in her ability to lead us forward.

  • Mission, Vision, Values

    Our Mission

    Artesian Valley Health System exists to enhance the lives of those who entrust us with their care by providing an exceptional health care experience with compassion and quality while meeting the unique needs of all members of our communities.


    Artesian Valley Health System will be a financially and operationally healthy organization that is the preferred choice for the communities we serve where people recognize the hospital as their point of entry into the healthcare system.


    Through ~ Honor ~ Courage ~ Commitment ~ we will pursue excellence in providing outstanding health care. These core values reflect our dedication to service and are the benchmark against which we are measured.

  • AVHS History

    The Meade Hospital District was formed in the early 1950’s. Over the next 50 years, the original building was remodeled and expanded several times. In November of 2000, the voters of the Hospital District approved the construction of a new facility; which was completed in 2004. With this approval, the citizens of Meade County and surrounding counties are able to receive advanced healthcare services in a new modern facility.

    In 2005, the Hospital assumed the operation of (3) Rural Health Clinics and also purchased the Lone Tree Retirement Center. These acquisitions led the Board of Directors and Staff to explore a name change that reflects the wide array of services provided by the Hospital District. The Hospital District is now doing business as Artesian Valley Health System (AVHS).

  • Awards

    Meade District Hospital



    NOSORH Performance Leadership Award 2017 in Quality



    NOSORH Performance Leadership Award 2016 in Patient Perspective



    NRHA Top 20 in Patient Satisfaction 2015


    NOSORH-iVantage-Award-Logo-Final-2015_Patient Perspective

    NOSORH Performance Leadership Award 2015 in Patient Satisfaction


    Lone Tree Retirement Center



    2015 PEAK Award Recipient



    2013 PEAK Award Recipient

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