Outpatient surgery, also known as ambulatory surgery, same-day surgery or day surgery, is surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay. The term “outpatient” arises from the fact that surgery patients may go home and do not need an overnight hospital. Patients may go home after being released following surgery and time spent in the recovery room. The services provided can be generally called procedures. In simple terms, outpatient-qualified procedures can be considered procedures that are more intensive than those done in the average doctor’s office but not so intensive as to require a hospital stay. Some examples or outpatient procedures and surgeries provided at RCHC are colonoscopies, endoscopies, excisions, and gallbladder surgery to name a few. Patients should check with their physician for all information covering preparation for outpatient procedures.

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Meet our Outreach Professionals…

Rawlins County Health Center is proud to introduce our Outreach Health Care Professionals.

koprivaDr. Brenda Kopriva

Dr. Brenda Kopriva is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. She graduated from K-State University and then attended The University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her areas of interest/specialties include General Surgery: Endoscopy (EGD & Colonoscopy) ~ Breast Biopsies ~ Thyroid Biopsies
Brenda and her husband Jim live in Atwood. They have three children: Nathan, Adam and Marissa. She enjoys chasing her three children around, helping out on the farm, water and snow skiing.


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John Patterson, CRNA

John Patterson, CRNA, is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He received his Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Mankato State University in Mankato, MN and completed his Masters of Nurse Anesthesia from Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. John worked as an ICU nurse for the VA for ten years before going to anesthesia school. Since 1995 he has practiced anesthesia, and has spent the last eleven years in Colby.

John and his family are from Iowa. He and his wife Denise have been married for 39 years. They have five children, nine grandchildren, and three dogs.


KimberlyZweygardtKimberly Zweygardt CRNA

Kimberly Zweygardt is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and a Advanced Practice Nurse specializing in anesthesia. Kim has been providing anesthesia for surgical, obstetical and pain management services in Northwest Kansas since 1993. Kim graduated with honors from both St. Francis Hospital (Via Christa) School of Nursing, Wichita, KS in 1979 and the Samford University | Baptist Medical Center School of Anesthesia in Birmingham, AL in 1983. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and is certified by the NBCRNA. For any questions about anesthesia services, Kim can be contacted through RCHC.