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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

    Stephen "Steve" Stewart

    Steve Stewart is the new hospital administrator at Meade District Hospital and CEO of Artesian Valley Health System.

    His first day on the job was Monday, May 18.

    Originally from Smith Center, Kansas, Stewart attended college at Fort Hays State University on a football scholarship, but eventually graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University.

    Out of college, Stewart taught high school physical education, health, and social studies at Tescott, Kansas. While at Tescott, Stewart coached every sport the school had to offer at both the junior high and high school levels.

    Stewart remained at Tescott for eight years until he returned to school at the University of Kansas to pursue a master’s degree, although not necessarily in education.

    Steve said that he had observed that public school principals and superintendents moved around too frequently. However, the healthcare administrators he was familiar with at the time had been at their present jobs for more than fifteen years.

    “I kind of got the mistaken impression that it was normal to stay that long,” Stewart said with a slight grin, “and it’s not in the health care industry.”

    He eventually graduated from KU with a Master’s Degree in Health Service Administration. His first job as a hospital administrator was in his hometown of Smith Center.

    Steve stayed at that position for four and a half years until he accepted a leadership position at the Great Plains Health Alliance.

    GPHA is a consulting firm for small hospitals in western Kansas and Nebraska. Stewart was an Area Director/ Regional Vice-President for the firm.

    “I thought it would be a good career move,” he said of the job change. “I don’t regret it and it was a neat job, but at the time I was a little too focused on my career and not focused enough on my family, and I regret that.”

    After twenty years at GPHA, Stewart said he began looking for a simpler way of life.

    “We had five Regional Vice- Presidents and we all had four hospitals,” he stated. “One of the Regional VP’s passed away.”

    “We were looking for way to save money, the boss said he’d give us each another hospital.”

    Stewart explained that his job at Great Plains was already requiring him to work seven days a week, he didn’t like the prospects of adding another hospital to his list of responsibilities.

    “I was already working on Sundays just to get ready for the week, so I thought it was time to let the younger guys take over and I’ll move into a hospital where I’ll have more stable hours,” he said.

    “It’s not that I’m not willing to work, I’m a hard worker, it’s just that there’s a limit to how much you want to work.”

    Late last year Stewart learned that long-time MDH administrator Mickey Thomas was planning to retire.

    Steve applied for the position and was hired earlier this year.

    “I just truly believe that this is where God wanted me to be,” Stewart said of his new job at Meade. “When I came and interviewed here, it just seemed that things fell into place. It just felt like the place to be.”

    “Since I’ve been here, that’s how I feel,” he added. “We’ve got great people here, we’ve got great people in the town, we’ve got great staff members at the hospital, and it’s got a good reputation.”

    While he’s been in the healthcare industry for twenty-five years, Stewart admitted that it will take some time to get fully acquainted with the functions of the Artesian Valley Health System.

    “I’m learning the ropes of what goes on in Meade,” he said. “I understand the overall operation of a hospital, I’m experienced in it. But you still have to know the day-to-day stuff for each hospital.”

    “It’s different coming into a well-run hospital versus one you need to turn around pretty quick,” he added. “So I’m telling people I’m not changing stuff until I’m sure it needs to be changed.”

    “If it’s working, it doesn’t need to be changed, unless we can change it and make it better.”

    “My vision, it’s pretty simple,” Stewart said of the district’s hospital, nursing home, two medical clinics, and wellness center. “I simply want to be the best community health system we can be.”

    “I’m going to stick around,” he added, “do the job, and enjoy it.”

    Steve Stewart is divorced and keeps close ties with his three adult children. In his spare time, he is affiliated with the Cowboy Fast Draw Association.

    -article by Tom Kuhns, Meade County News June 3, 2015

  • 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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