I am Starla Kernell, RN, and I manage our Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Through this program we are able to help you recover from a cardiac event and prevent a second one as well as help manage peripheral artery disease (PAD). I would be happy to visit with you about the program! Please feel free to call me at Meade District Hospital at 620-873-2141.
Starla Kernell, RN and Cardiac Rehab Director would be happy to visit with you about the program! Call Starla at 620-873-2141.
Yes. Because cardiac rehab is a form of medical treatment, a doctor’s referral is required. Your Primary Care Physician or Cardiologist will be able to provide a referral.
Yes. We report your progress to your referring doctor.
The program is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most other health insurance companies. Check with your health insurance company to determine co-pays or other requirements. The program is also available as private pay.
Welcome to the Lab! I am Tammy Bird, Director of the Laboratory Department, and I am proud to provide you with a comprehensive service menu to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of various illnesses. Most testing is completed within hours, but when a test requires a special reference laboratory, the results are typically available within 2-3 days.
My laboratory works closely with physicians in the surrounding areas as well as throughout the state. Test results can be mailed or faxed directly to physicians, which allows patients to undergo tests close to home even if their physician is outside of the community. All normal test results are also available to patients through our patient portal.
All of our laboratory technologists and technicians are specially trained and certified. In addition, they maintain high quality control standards for each test they perform to ensure absolute accuracy and reliability.
I am Michele Dewell, RN, head of the AVHS Friend Care Program. Our service is available for anyone who needs it. There are no requirements or restrictions. Assistance will be provided to you in the home in a professional, effective, and compassionate manner.
This service is NOT covered by Medicare.
We have well qualified, experienced employees to provide excellent care. We strive to provide services to our clients with the highest medical and ethical standards.
Meade District Hospital
510 E Carthage
Meade, KS, 67864
Office Hours: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Services are also provided on weekends and other hours as needed.
We are proud to serve all of Meade County, and the surrounding communities of:
Our mission at Meade District Hospital Physical Therapy is to get our patients back to doing what they want to be doing! Our philosophy embraces both empowering and educating our patients when their lives have been disrupted by the aging process, injury, or a disability.
We offer therapy for a wide range of services. We focus to serve our patients by addressing their physical, emotional, and functional abilities and needs to improve their quality of life and to meet their goals.
You will find the help you need at Meade District Hospital Physical Therapy!
Scheduling an Appointment
Please call 620-873-7572.
If you need to fax us a script or referral, our fax number is 620-873-7695.
We are located in Meade District Hospital. You can enter through the Outpatient Services door and turn right at the top of the ramp.
Parking is available in front of the hospital (south side of the building).
Your First Visit
After checking in at the Outpatient Registration window, your first visit will last approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. It will consist of an evaluation and development of a treatment plan to improve your musculoskeletal or neurological condition. We recommend comfortable clothing and footwear as therapy sessions involve exercise, stretching and strengthening. Shorts are preferable for knee problems.
Please print and complete this form to bring on your first visit:
Physical Therapy First Visit Form
Welcome to Radiology! I am Brad Bird, the Director of the Radiology Department. I am proud to offer many advanced diagnostic imaging solutions to help our medical providers diagnose illnesses and injuries quickly and accurately.
My staff and I work closely with your primary care physician to ensure all symptoms are considered to determine a precise diagnosis.
If you have any questions about a diagnostic test, please contact me at 620.873.2141.
In 2015, MDH installed a new OTC12 Digital Radiographic System in the Radiology Department.
If you need more information than an x-ray can provide, we have a 16-slice Toshiba CT scanner available 7 days a week.
A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images, or slices, of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body.
With our GE film/screen mammography unit, available Monday-Thursday, we have the ability to capture high-quality images capable of detecting even subtle changes in breast tissue, allowing us to provide an earlier and more accurate diagnosis for breast cancer.
You no longer need to travel if your physician orders an MRI. Every Wednesday we are able to provide MRI services via a traveling service. This is a great option for diagnosing internal issues without the risks of radiation. With a physician order, you can schedule your MRI appointment by calling 620-873-2141.
In 2016, MDH purchased a new GE Millennium camera capable of doing heart studies, thyroid scans, bone scans, and hida (gall bladder) scans. This technology compliments our other diagnostic tests. Where an MRI or a CT scan shows us what an organ looks like, nuclear medicine is able to show us how that organ is actually functioning. This can be incredibly important when diagnosing some types of heart problems.
Our Phillips ultrasound machine is available 4 days a week Mon-Wed and Fri, and is capable of Echocardiograms, vascular ultrasounds, upper abdominal ultrasound, testicular ultrasound, renal ultrasound and bladder ultrasounds.
The sonogram/ultrasound technology uses high-frequency sound waves to make images of the internal structures and organs.
With our GE Lunar machine, we are able to offer DEXA scans to screen for osteoporosis and predict your risk of bone fractures. This can also be referred to as an osteogram, bone density test, and bone densiometry. It is not to be confused with nuclear bone scans which we also offer.
DEXA scans are available Monday-Friday.
Welcome to the MDH Respiratory Department Page! The director of the RT department is Paula Lubbers, RRT. Paula has been the Director since 2004 and has been a Respiratory Therapist since 1993. There are also two other registered therapists in the department. Together we provide testing and treatments to preserve and improve overall lung function for those with lung disorders. We also have Breathe E-Z Medical Equipment located in the Respiratory Department which supplies equipment such as home Oxygen, CPAP/BiPAP machines and supplies, walkers and much more.
Whether it’s general lung function or a sleep disorder, we have several ways to diagnose your specific respiratory condition.
For lung function, our Respiratory Department has the ability to conduct Pulmonary Function Tests to see how your lungs take in and release air and how well they distribute oxygen into the blood stream.
An Oximetry Test is a commonly used at-home test that provides basic information on how well you are oxygenating. This device records data about heart rate and blood oxygen saturation and will show abnormal drops in oxygen and abnormal increases or decreases in heart rate.
We also do outpatient and inpatient care that includes: Breathing treatments, inhaler education, Arterial Blood Gases, electroencephalograms (EEG) and other services. (All with a Physician’s Order)
If you aren’t getting a good night’s rest, you aren’t alone. A 2009 survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that:
20 percent of Americans report getting less than six hours of sleep per night, up from 13 percent in 2001;
Those who report getting eight hours of sleep or more per night dropped from 38 percent in 2001 to 28 percent.
While some sleep problems are caused by things we can control (ex: too much caffeine, alcohol consumption or staying up too late to watch TV) some are caused by medical conditions.
Here at MDH we have a fully equipped Sleep lab that is used to help diagnose sleep related disorders including sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and insomnia.
For more information about the Sleep Lab, contact the Respiratory Department at
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) is any equipment that provides therapeutic benefits to a patient in need because of certain medical conditions and/or illnesses. Most DME products can be submitted to insurance. However, some products must be private pay.
Our durable medical equipment and supplies for home use include:
This is just a list of our most common items that we provide. Give us a call at 620-873-7595 for more information.
Welcome to the Specialty Clinic, I am Jami Roberts, and I am proud to help bring you a variety of care specialties like orthopedics, cardiology, urology, and podiatry right here in our community—so patients don’t need to travel as far away from home.
The specialty clinic is located just off the front lobby of the Meade District Hospital.
For information on how to schedule an appointment with one of our visiting specialists, please talk with your primary care provider about a referral.
For a list of our available providers, please follow this link: Available Providers
When you have a surgery with us, you have a team of specially trained professionals to care for you.
In addition to our talented Surgeons and Anesthetists, our surgery team includes Registered Nurses, Operating Room Technicians, and Sterile Processing Technicians. All with a focus on providing safe, quality and personalized care.
Our surgical specialists perform a range of procedures including: