• 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 CEO

    Tara Ramlochan, NEA-BC, MSN, RN

    Tara Ramlochan, NEA-BC, MSN, RN, originally joined AVHS in April of 2018 as the Interim Chief Nursing Officer. Soon after, the CEO position opened and Tara was appointed joint Interim CEO/CNO.  During the July 2018 Board of Directors meeting Tara was offered and accepted the permanent CEO position.

    Tara came to AVHS with both medical and administrative experience. Tara is a Registered Nurse and has a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She also holds the NEA-BC certification (Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified) and has over 12 years of leadership experience in multi-specialties in small and large hospitals. She has a broad expertise in diverse medical specialties and clinical services including Critical Care, PACU, ED, OB, NICU, ICU, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Cardiac Surgery, Cath Lab, Surgical Services, Nursing Supervision & Crisis Intervention. Tara also has oversight in positively transforming organizations through collaboration with medical directors, implementing new infrastructure framework and utilizing cross-functional team leadership. With Tara’s expertise and accomplishments, it’s no surprise she has also served as a consultant to other CEOs and health systems around the country.

    In specific comparison to AVHS, Tara held leadership roles in a critical access hospital in the rural smoky mountains of North Carolina. She incorporated new systems, policies and procedures that increased both patients’ satisfaction and employee morale, which as Tara says are “two needed variables for successful operations in today’s healthcare environment.” Within the few short months Tara has been at AVHS, these areas have already seen positive results.

    While in the CEO role at AVHS, Tara has noted a lot of talent among employees and their desire to grow. She further shares, “With healthcare today, the best thing administration can do is grow their people and grow their talents. That’s what we’re doing and people are feeling really good.”

    When you meet Tara you easily notice her compassionate and attentive personality. She is very family-oriented and loves spending time with her family. Tara and her husband reside in Meade and they have three daughters and one granddaughter who live in New York state. Tara also enjoys spending time out in the community getting to know people and building relationships. She believes AVHS has a lot to offer and likes to share that personally with the community.

    AVHS welcomes Tara as CEO and is excited for the future!

  • Meet the Administration Team

    Stephanie Saucedo

    Stephanie Saucedo

    Chief Financial Officer


    Kelly Thornton

    Human Resource Director


    Matthew Bobo

    Chief Information Technology Officer

    Lone Tree Retirement Center Administrator

  • Board of Trustees


    Tom Rickard


    Commodities Trader, Schwieterman Inc.
    Board member since 1993


    John Adams

    Vice Chairman

    Board member since 2020


    Karen Friesen


    Former Pharmaceutical Representative
    Board member since 2015

    Milton Tacha

    Milton Tacha

    Retired Firefighter and KDOT Truck Driver
    Board member since 2018

    • 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

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

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

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

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

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

      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


    Lori Ulichnie

    Board member since 2021

    • 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

    Coming Soon