Centura Health and Rawlins County Health Center Enter Into Management Agreement

(ATWOOD, KAN. and ENGLEWOOD, COLO.) Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, and Rawlins County Health Center, announced today that they have entered into a management agreement, effective Oct. 1. The management agreement leverages the strengths of both organizations to provide residents of Atwood with improved access to clinical and operational services and resources to meet the community’s health needs and keep care local.

“We are excited to further integrate with Rawlins County Health Center and partner together to build sustainable health solutions for the residents of Atwood,” said Tom Gessel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Network Development, Centura Health. “We look forward to their involvement and leadership in our collaboration with other regional facilities to begin work on a broader vision of care delivery to improve health value in northwest Kansas.” 

Under the management agreement, the Rawlins County Health Center Board of Trustees will retain its governance and authority over the hospital while Centura Health will provide the management and leadership expertise under the direction of the current Chief Executive Officer, Sharon Cox. 

"Keeping health care in Rawlins County is very important to the Rawlins County Health Center Board of Trustees,” Harlan Holste, Board Chairperson stated. “In this world of changing government regulations our excellent staff and administration deserve the best support team and hospital networking that we can offer them. Being associated with Centura Health will also be helpful in creating a more attractive opportunity for recruitment of both local and specialty providers." 

Matt Wolters, Board Vice-Chairperson, stated, “By working with Centura Health, we will have access to high level operational support and management services and a direct affiliation with a hospital system that will result in more seamless care of patients in our community.” 

Rawlins County Health Center will also collaborate with Centura Health, Goodland Regional Medical Center, Logan County Health Services, and other regional facilities to improve access to quality care in northwest Kansas.

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About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, we are making the region’s best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. We’re Centura Health, and we’re here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit Centura Health website.

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, mammography, 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 Rawlins County Health Center website.

Media Contact
Jennifer Wills
Director, strategic communications
Cell: 303-882-4676
Phone: 303-673-8222
jenniferwills@centura.org

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