• 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, and three rural health clinics. 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 five-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 Administration Team


    Grace Kuhns

    Chief Nursing Officer


    Robert Mille

    Chief Financial Officer


    Kelly Thornton

    Human Resource Director


    Matthew Bobo

    Chief Information Technology Officer


    Janie Chaloupek

    Director of Lone Tree Retirement Center

  • Board of Trustees

    lori U

    Lori Ulichnie

    Board Chair

    John Adams

    Vice Chairman

    Karen Friesen


    Brad Friesen

    • Meetings for the Artesian Valley Health System Board of Trustees are open to the public and take place in the Frame Room at the hospital. Please see the schedule below for meeting dates and times.

      Thursday, January 13, 2022, @ 4:30 pm – Special Board Meeting

      Thursday, January 20, 2022, @ 4:30 pm

      Monday, January 31, 2022, @ 4:30 pm – Special Board Meeting

      Saturday, February 5, 2022 @ 11:00 am- Special Board Meeting

      Tuesday, February 8, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – Special Board Meeting

      Thursday, February 10, 2022 @ 4:30 pm – Special Board Meeting

      Thursday, February 17, 2022, @ 4:30 pm

      Tuesday, February 22, 2022, @ 2:30pm – Special Board Meeting

      Tuesday, March 8, 2022, @ 3:30pm- Special Board Meeting

      Thursday, March 17, 2022, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, April 21, 2022, @ 4:30 pm

      Tuesday, April 26, 2022, @ 1:00 pm – Special Board Meeting @ 148 N. Fowler, Meade, Kansas

      Wednesday, April 27, 2022, @ 4:00 pm- Special Board Meeting

      Thursday, May 19, 2022, @ 4:30 pm (Annual meeting)

      Thursday, June 16, 2022, @ 4:30 pm

      Wednesday, July 6, 2022, @ 3:30 pm- Special Board Meeting

      Thursday, July 21, 2022, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, August 18, 2022, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, September 15, 2022, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, October 20, 2022, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, November 17, 2022, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, December 15, 2022, @ 4:30 pm


    Sheila Brown

    • 2022 Hospital Board Members

      John Adams

      Karen Friesen

      Lori Ulichnie

      Sheila Brown

      Brad Friesen

  • 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 2018 in Quality and Patient Perspectives



    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

  • Foundation

    Coming Soon

  • Volunteer

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