National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care






Greeley County Health Services Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through

patient-clinician partnership

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that Greeley County Health Services with clinics in Tribune and Sharon Springs, Kansas has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.


Dr. Wendel Ellis announced as Rural Health Practitioner of the Year

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) recently announced its 2015 National Rural Health Award recipients, and Dr. Wendel Ellis, D.O. of Greeley County Health Services was selected as NRHA’s 2015 Rural Health Practitioner of the Year. Ellis, along with other winners around the nation will be honored on April 16 during NRHA’s 38th Annual Rural Health Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“In my 30 years of working in healthcare organizations, I’ve worked with many physicians. Dr. Ellis is the most dedicated and positive provider that I’ve had the opportunity to work with. He is very deserving of this recognition. He is so dedicated to our local communities and has such a positive influence on patients and the people he works with,” Lee Rhodes, CEO said, “In addition to his excellent clinical skills, Dr. Ellis is very knowledgeable about how the entire healthcare system works, from Medicare reimbursement to the hands-on patient care, his scope of understanding is very rare for physicians in today’s world.”


Burlay Parks receives Innovations in Healthcare Award

Greeley County Health Services is pleased to announce that Burlay Parks, R.N. recently received a Healthcare Transformation Award from the Communities Joined in Action organization.  Parks was awarded this prestigious award at the annual meeting held in Detroit, Michigan.  This award was received in recognition of her work as a Patient Care Coordinator at Greeley County Health Services.  Mrs. Parks provides support and coordination for seriously and chronically ill patients who must seek specialty care outside of our local healthcare system.  Her work includes coordination of appointments and health information, individual consultations with patients to review recommendations and many other duties.  “Mrs. Parks met every criterion for this award as she performs her daily work in the Patient Care Coordination program connecting patients to care and succeeding in providing value in community safety net care,” says Lindy Vincent with Communities Joined in Action.


Community member values his experience at hometown hospital

Dwight Gooch, owner and operator of Gooch’s grocery store in Tribune, Kansas recently had a procedure done in the operating room of his hometown hospital, Greeley County Health Services. GCHS contracts with General Surgeon Charles Frankum out of Denver, Colorado, to provide surgery services here for Greeley County and the surrounding areas.

Dwight Gooch, Tribune resident and business owner, had to have a hernia repair surgery, and he chose to have the procedure done here in Greeley County.

“I didn’t really know what to expect, I had never had a surgery before in my entire life, and I was a little nervous about the whole thing,” Dwight Gooch, GCHS patient, said, “but the staff communicated so well throughout the whole process, I knew exactly what to expect before, during and after the surgery.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Honors Chrysanne Grund

Greeley County Health Services is pleased to recognize Chrysanne Grund as a 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader.  Chrysanne is a long time GCHS employee, working in both the clinics and hospital for the last eighteen years in Wallace and Greeley Counties.  She was chosen from more than four hundred nominees to be one of ten leaders recognized this year.  Community Health Leaders are recognized for their dedication and service relating to health concerns within their communities and regions.

Debbi Lehner, GCHS CEO says, “Greeley County Health Services is so fortunate to have someone like Chrysanne as our advocate and the “teller” of our story.  Her passion for our ability to provide quality healthcare in the rural setting is only overshadowed by her respect for the individuals who provide it.  Not a person on our entire healthcare team fails to recognize the value of her distinct contribution to not only our sustainability, but to our true success.  We are truly grateful to her and proud of this wonderful, well-deserved recognition.”


GCHS awarded Rural HIT Network Development Grant

Greeley County Health Services is pleased to announce the receipt of funding through Health Resources Services Administration for a Rural Health Information Technology Network Development Grant. This grant will enable GCHS and community based partners to create a comprehensive electronic network for health information exchange in our rural communities. Debbi Lehner, Greeley County Health Services CEO commented, ““This is very exciting news for our community and our organization. The ability to electronically link to the other local health agencies will give truly seamless care to our patients.”