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COVID-19 Message

The identification of Coronavirus has created anxieties throughout the world. Rest assured Nemaha Valley Community Hospital staff is staying updated on the latest protocols and practices for response. We are confident we will be able to respond to the needs of our community.

We are working with public health, county emergency management, EMS and Sabetha Community Hospital to make sure we maximize our resources should the need arise.

Nemaha Valley Community Hospital and Seneca Family Practice patients can call our hotline at 785-336-0399 if you have concerns about your current symptoms. If you feel you have Coronavirus symptoms or if you have concerns about exposure, please call the hotline before you come to the hospital or clinic.

Click here for information regarding testing process and pricing.

For updates and additional resources on COVID-19 please visit the KDHE or CDC websites. You can also visit the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital Facebook page for additional and current updates.

Please review our updated Hospital Visiting Hours in response to COVID-19.

Seneca Family Practice Resumes “New” Normal Routine

We have missed you! We have felt your support, but we miss caring for you. We are looking forward to returning to a “new” normal routine at Seneca Family Practice. The health and safety of our patients and staff are our top priority therefore we are going to approach our reopening with caution. We have set new scheduling requirements for our staff that will allow for proper social distancing in our waiting room and will ensure our ability to maintain our cleaning and disinfecting procedures. 

“Right now, we are anxious to resume our normal practice, but we need to exercise caution to protect our patients and staff” said Amy Huerter, Seneca Family Practice Clinic manager. 

Beginning Monday, May 11th patients will enter through the main entrance and will be screened prior to their appointment. This includes a temperature check and answering a series of symptom related questions. After a patient has been accessed they will then proceed to their appointment in Seneca Family Practice. 

“We do still encourage our most vulnerable patients to continue stay at home if possible,” said Huerter. “This includes older adults and anyone who has a serious underlying medical condition. Telehealth services are still available so if you have a concern about coming in, please let us know.”

Seneca Family Practice will also continue the COVID-19 hotline number, if you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell please call our hotline at 785-336-0399. To schedule an appointment at Seneca Family Practice please contact our scheduling department at 785-336-6107.

Improving Mental Health In Nemaha County - A Top Priority

Behavioral health needs are growing in our small rural communities. In fact, this need was reflected in the 2018 county-wide Community Health Needs Assessment. Response to mental health illnesses and preventional tactics for behavioral health has been a priority for Nemaha County for many years.

Nemaha Valley Community Hospital has approached behavioral health needs in multiple ways. Front lines staff members have attended Mental Health First Aide Certification Classes including a class specifically focused on youth. They have access to crisis intervention via telepsych services in the emergency room. They are also working with 16 area peer organizations on a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to provide more inpatient and outpatient resources to the region.

“The gap in the plan is in our rural health clinic. There is a growing need to be able to address behavioral health issues in the primary care setting first,” said Kiley Floyd, NVCH CEO. “Treatment should start with patients with new chronic disease diagnosis or patients in a mental health crisis at the time of their primary care appointment. We cannot wait until these issues become emergent.”

NVCH is pleased to share that Dr. Angie Stueve is currently enrolled in the UC Irvine/UC Davis Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship. The fellowship is a year-long clinical education program for primary care-oriented trainees and providers who wish to receive advanced training in primary care psychiatry. To continue reading click here.

Seneca Family Practice Launches Telehealth Visits

Seneca Family Practice (SFP) launches telehealth visits! To better serve the needs of our patients, Seneca Family Practice is pleased to announce the availability of telehealth visits with our providers. A telehealth visit is an effective strategy to safely delivery health care to people while following Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommendations which require people to practice social distancing. 

“At Seneca Family Practice, we are committed to caring for our patients and community now and always. Telehealth visits are an excellent way to deliver health care in this unprecedented situation. We are here to care for the communities we serve, and we will continue to deliver necessary care to patients in the safest and best manner we can with the tools available,” said Dr. Tony Bartkoski, Chief of Staff at Seneca Family Practice. 

Telehealth visits provide live access to an SFP medical professional via a camera-enabled tablet, smart phone or computer. Visits will be scheduled by your doctor. The provider will set a time to connect with you and “call” you at the time of your appointment. The process is simple and Medicare, Medicaid and most major insurers have announced they will cover telehealth visits the same way they would cover in-office visits. To continue reading click here.