1. Kinsa Thermometer Project


    Thanks to funding from the ACE Foundation and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Rawlins County Health Center and Rawlins County Public Health Department are excited to provide Kinsa Thermometers to the Rawlins County Community.

    Once you download the Kinsa app, these smart thermometers can provide aggregate data of fevers to the hospital and public health of temperatures rising in the county. This information does not provide demographic data to the hospital or public health.

    If you are a community member interested in a thermometer for your household, you can receive one at the Rawlins County Public Health Department or Rawlins County Health Center during regular business hours.


    To view the press release regarding the Kinsa Thermometer Project click here.

  2. COVID-19 Information

    Rawlins County Health Center wants our community to rest assured that our team has a plan in place to provide care in regards to COVID-19.  Our hospital leaders have been working closely with our staff, the Rawlins County Public Health Department, Rawlins County EMS, and Atwood Good Sam to provide education and implement the best care to our patients.  It is important to remember to stay home if you are sick, practice proper handwashing, and implement good respiratory hygiene practices to help protect yourself and your loved ones from respiratory illness.

    If you have any specific questions regarding COVID-19 please feel free to reach out to the Rawlins County Public Health Department at (785) 626-3968. For more information and daily updates about COVID-19, please check the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s website at http://www.kdheks.gov/ or the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/.

    Also, if you or a loved one is experiencing any respiratory illness symptoms and would like to see a provider, please call the Rawlins Clinic – Atwood at 785-626-3241 and a Patient Service Representative will ask you a series of questions and then instruct you on what you need to do further.

  3. Rawlins County Health Center Adds Telebehavioral Health in January

    Atwood, KS – January 14, 2020 – Rawlins County Health Center is excited to announce the addition of telebehavioral health in its specialty clinic. It started January 9, 2020. Rawlins County Health Center is one of 10 sites in The University of Kansas Health System’s Care Collaborative that is participating in an outpatient telebehavioral health network to further support rural primary care needs by extending scarce specialty resources across Kansas. Read more here: Press Release

  4. April 2019 Town Hall Notes

    On April 17, 2019, Rawlins County Health Center hosted a town hall meeting consisting of thirty-three people to discuss physician recruitment and retention. There was a lot of great discussion from community members. The next quarterly town hall meeting will discuss Business Development.

    April 2017 Town Hall Notes

  5. Hospital PAs Kyle, Barb Herspring to move in June

    Kyle and Barb Herspring, physician assistants at Rawlins County Health Center will be leaving the Atwood Community and relocating to Wichita sometime in June 2019.

    “We thank both Kyle and Barb for helping to build a great system of care for the community, and we understand the value and appreciate the need for the Hersprings’s to focus on the importance of family first,” remarked Ron Robinson, CEO.

    For here for the full press release.

  6. Rawlins County Health Center Announces new CEO

    Rawlins County Health Center and Centura Health, the largest health ecosystem in Colorado and western Kansas, along with Goodland Regional Medical Center announced that Ronald Robinson, MD, MPH, MBA has accepted a new combined position as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer for both Rawlins County Health Center and Goodland Regional Medical Center effective December 17, 2018.

    Dr. Robinson began his service with Centura Health as a practicing physician in 2003, and has served in multiple leadership roles including; medical director of surgical services, chief of staff, and CMO at Centura’s Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, CO. His education and experience have led him to a unique position for this very challenging and innovative role. Beyond his medical degree, Dr. Robinson also holds a Master of Public Health, and a Master of Business Administration. He is board certified in both anesthesiology and aerospace physiology and has served as a flight surgeon at NASA as well as a medical officer in the Air National Guard and the U.S. Navy, where he still serves as a Lieutenant Commander.

    Click here for the full joint press release.

  7. Rawlins Clinic seeks Local Photographers Photos



    Rawlins Clinic seeks Local Photographers Photos


    Rawlins Clinic – Atwood would like to feature local Rawlins County artists with pictures displayed throughout the clinic and front lobby areas. “There have been some recent studies showing the benefits of lower stress and reduced anxiety while waiting in an environment that featured artwork or other visual stimulus. Some items such as plants and aquariums present infection potential in a hospital setting. A good alternative to this is landscape or architecture-themed pictures. That is what we are going for with the photo contest; we hope to enhance our current waiting room and exam rooms to make patients experience more relaxing and enjoyable” said Jason Kearns, PA-C.  Jenn Hurst, Clinic Operations Director stated, “The staff in the clinic are very excited about the photo contest.  We have been wanting to do something in the clinic rooms since the remodel but were never sure what to do.  Jason came up with this idea and we love it!  The fact that there is research out there showing that this can benefit our patients is a bonus!  We truly live in a beautiful place and I am looking forward to seeing the pictures people submit.”

    A photo contest will be conducted, with community members getting the opportunity to vote on their favorite submitted photos. Photos can be of anything in the Rawlins County area, including scenery, events, buildings, etc. Pictures that were entered in the fair are also eligible. Some pictures will be a 20×30 acrylic print, so high-resolution print-quality will be desired.  Photographers are asked to submit pictures of actual or original size to sdozbaba@rchc.us by September 14th. Once photos are submitted, Rawlins County Health Center staff will vote on their top choices. The community will then be invited to help pick the top winners to get printed in October. If you have any questions regarding the photo contest, please contact Suzanna Koel at 785-626-3211 ext. 220 (sdozbaba@rchc.us) or Jennifer Hurst at 785-626-3211 ext. 310 (jhurst@rchc.us).

  8. Area Hospitals Collaborate

    Area Hospitals Collaborate as Members of Centura Rural Health Network

    To meet the needs of the people of Western Kansas, Goodland Regional Medical Center (GRMC), Logan County Health Services (LCHS), and Rawlins County Health Center (RCHC) are engaging in a formal, deliberate process for creating a future together as founding members of the Centura Rural Health Network. As the system of choice for the region, Centura Health has a management agreement with each of the three hospitals. Under the management agreement, each hospital maintains autonomy and local governance, but as a group, the network is collaborating to build a connected and enabling system committed to integrating care and enabling physicians, providers, and patients to flourish in healthy communities.

    Each partner organization brings its own unique assets and strengths to the network. By combining these valuable local resources, the Centura Rural Health Network supports an enabling, connected system, making it possible to sustain and grow high performing health care service to ensure quality, achieve better outcomes, and promote health.

    Through shared strategic direction, mission, and vision, the network is engaged in reducing costs, improving the care experience for the region, and helping people get well and stay well. Current activities underway include shared purchasing, expanding specialty care such as trauma, surgery, cardiology, pulmonary, ENT, and dermatology, improved technology, staff and community education programs, and implementing consistent, standardized best practices.

    The Centura Rural Health Network is an enduring partnership focused on keeping care close to home to provide the citizens of Northwest Kansas with consistent, predictable value and compassionate, patient-centered healthcare for years to come.

  9. Rawlins County Health Center Named a 2018 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

    Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood, Kansas was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.


    “This recognition represents our team commitment to serving our community while changing to meet the dynamic demands of operating a critical access hospital in the 21st century,” said Sharon K Cox, Rawlins County Health Center CEO.  “We are fortunate to have a visionary Board of Trustees willing to embrace the future. This is the second time Rawlins County Health Center received this recognition, that last time being in 2015.”


    Rawlins County Health Center scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.


    The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures these facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, and Financial Stability.


    “The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.


    About Rawlins County Health Center

    The role and Mission of Rawlins County Health Center is to improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities it serves. Located in Atwood, Kan., this 24-bed critical access hospital services the community through cardiac rehabilitation, diabetic services, laboratory, outpatient surgery, physical therapy, wound care, x-ray, stress testing, MRI, bone density, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and CAT scan. Its specialty clinics include cardiology, general surgery, and mental health services. Rawlins County Health Center is committed to setting the standard for patient-centered quality healthcare. For more information, please visit http://www.rchc.us/.


    About The Chartis Group
    The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the healthcare industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals and healthcare service organizations achieve transformative results. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at Chartisrural.com.




    Billy Balfour
    The Chartis Center for Rural Health