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.

Dwight’s surgery was scheduled at 7am, and he said he woke about a little before, and he and his wife walked out the door to the hospital.

“From the moment I stepped in the door, everything was just amazing to me. The staff was so kind and welcoming from the first minute. I walked down the hall and the staff weighed me, helped me get into a room to get my gown on, did my labs, and escorted me to the OR area. They rolled me in and did the deal and rolled me out,” Dwight said.

Dwight thoroughly enjoyed the surgeon, Dr. Frankum during the procedure in addition the Greeley County staff.

“Dr. Frankum is wonderful. He is just so personable and relaxed. He just chit-chatted around and made me feel at ease,” Dwight said. “The whole surgery was relaxing and painless. It was just amazing.”

After his first surgery experience being here in the Greeley County hospital, Dwight said he wouldn’t think twice about having another operation here again.

“It was just priceless how well they take care of you there in the hospital,” Dwight said.

Greeley County Health Services brings in several specialists to provide additional services to the community. The vision statement for GCHS is to provide trusted care close to home. Bringing in specialty services to Tribune so patients and families don’t have to travel for every health care need is important to GCHS.

“It made all the difference in the world that I didn’t have to go out of town and drive 3 plus hours to get this surgery done. I would have had to drive down the night before, stay in a hotel, and wait around all day, then drive all the way home after the surgery. This was just so nice that I could get this service here in my hometown,” Dwight said.

Dr. Frankum comes from St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado  the first and third Thursdays of every month to provide general surgery specialty procedures here in Tribune. Procedures that Dr. Frankum does in Tribune include: Colonoscopies, EGD’s, LapCholes, Appendixes, Hernia Repairs, Port-A-Cath Removals and Placements, Central Lines, Hemorrhoidectomies, Hemorrhoid Banding, Lipoma Removals, and several other procedures.

In addition to General Surgery, Greeley County Health Services brings in an Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Cheema, from Hays Med. Dr. Cheema sees patients in Tribune on the first Wednesday of every month. Dr. Cheema is board certified in the following areas: knee replacement, carpal tunnel release, Bunionectomies, Foot and Ankle, Adult Reconstructive Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Trauma.

GCHS also contracts with Cardiologist, Dr. Fischer, from Hays Med. Dr. Fischer sees patients in Tribune on the second Thursday every month. Dr. Fischer is board certified in the following areas: Cardiovascular disease, Internal Medicine, Vascular Disease, Coronary CT/ Angiography, Cardiac Devise Specialties.

“I didn’t know anything about the hernia repair surgery or that it could be done here in Tribune. I bet 75-90% of people in Tribune don’t know all of the different special services that the hospital here offers,” Dwight said.

Greeley County Health Services continues to make the service offerings more available to patients and residents. GCHS has a Facebook page with service information, as well as the website, Greeley County Health Services is currently working with additional specialty providers to bring a greater variety of specialty services to the patients in Tribune and Sharon Springs.

The experience that Dwight described sums up the experience that GCHS strives to ensure each and every patient that steps foot into the clinic, hospital and long term care.

“It was just so cool to be able to get this procedure done here and so comforting to go into my hometown hospital and have the nurses and all the staff, that I know, taking care of me because I know that I can trust them with my care,” Dwight said.

For more information on Dr. Frankum and other GCHS Specialty providers and services, please contact the Greeley County Clinic at 620-376-4251.

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