• 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 Executive Team


    Darcy Howard

    Interim CEO


    Grace Kuhns

    Chief Nursing Officer


    Kelly Thornton

    Human Resource Director


    Matthew Bobo

    Chief Information Technology Officer


    Janie Chaloupek

    LTRC Director


    Dawn Unruh

    Chief Ancillary Officer


    Jesse Pereda

    Facility Management Director

  • Board of Trustees


    Lori Ulichnie

    Board Chair

    John Adams

    Vice Chairman

    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. Starting in January 2023, the Artesian Valley Health System Board of Directors will have their Board Meetings on the Fourth (4th) Thursday of each month except November and December, where the meeting will occur on the third (3rd) Thursday due to the holidays. The meeting time will stay the same at 4:30 pm.

      Thursday, January 26, 2023, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, February 23, 2023, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, March 23, 2023, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, April 27, 2023, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, May 25, 2023, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, June 22, 2023, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, July 27, 2023, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, August 24, 2023, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, September 28, 2023, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, October 26, 2023, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, November 16, 2023, @ 4:30 pm

      Thursday, December 21, 2023, @ 4:30 pm


    Sheila Brown

    • 2022 Hospital Board Members

      John Adams

      Lori Ulichnie

      Sheila Brown

      Brad Friesen

    • Announcements

      The Board of Directors is currently looking for an individual to backfill an open position on the board.  This person will be selected by the current Board of Directors and will serve on the Board until December 2023, but may run for public election in November 2023.  This person must live within the Hospital District and be available for monthly meetings (3rd Thursday of each month at 4:30 pm) and special board meetings as needed.  If you are interested in this position on the board, please contact Board Chair Lori Ulichnie at 620-518-3226.

  • 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