Wamego nurse graduates from KHA Leadership Institute

Ryan Jackson, RN, was one of 32 nurses from across the state to complete the Kansas Hospital Association Leadership Institute last month. He works in Wamego Health Center’s cardiac rehabilitation department and serves as the hospital’s risk manager,

The program took place in Wichita and spanned from July through September, and aims at training clinical and nonclinical leaders who work at Kansas hospitals.

“The students represented a variety of departments – staff nurses, radiology techs on up to chief financial officers from very small critical access hospitals to larger 500+ bed organizations,” Jackson explained.

“We had a variety of instructors from a variety of industries who all had decades of experience,” he added. “The training consisted of simple, straightforward lectures, but there were also group, team-building exercises. Most lectures and exercises addressed customer service and conflict management as well as a myriad of other subjects.”

Jackson said much of what he learned will be useful in his role in risk management and customer service – helping patients resolve any issue or concerns they may have with their care, billing or other needs.

“I’ve been a registered nurse for more than 28 years, working in mostly high-acuity areas such as the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department and Cardiac Catheterization Lab, but I’ve also worked as a director in Cardiovascular Services and Emergency Department, as well as Research and Data Collections,” he said.

Since he arrived at Wamego Health Center in 2015, he has helped the cardiac rehabilitation department grow while also serving as risk manager. Jackson recently started a home sleep study program that has also been successful.

Walk-in services vs. Emergency care

When you or a family member is feeling unwell, how do you know where to go for treatment?

Stacia Brown, RN, Wamego Family Clinic manager, offers a few tips to help you decide whether to visit the Wamego Family Clinic’s walk-in services or if you need to go to the Emergency Room.

When to Use Walk-in Services

For non-life threatening circumstances including but not limited to:

  • Colds
  • Flu symptoms
  • Cough or upper respiratory symptoms
  • Ear or sinus pain
  • Minor burns and bruises
  • Scrapes and minor lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Possible fractures
  • Asthma
  • Pediatric illness over age of 3 months
  • Abdominal pain – mild to moderate without fever or abnormal vitals
  • Rash or hives
  • Stings and bites
  • Allergies
  • Fevers – ages 3 months to 70 years old
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Eye irritation or minor
  • Urinary symptoms
  • Minor work related injuries
  • School physicals

Will it be a long wait?

It depends, and we’ll do our best to help you quickly. Typical waits are 15 minutes to 1 hour.  You can check the wait times before you go or when you arrive.

Who will I see at the Walk-in Clinic?

You’ll see one of our healthcare providers: a medical doctor, a nurse practitioner, a physician’s assistant.  They work together and each one is committed to making lives better through health and healing and doing what is right for each patient.

Is it going to be expensive?

Check with your health insurance plan for details and co-pay amounts. Our walk-in services are billed as an office visit, not billed as ER care.  You are expected to pay your co-pay or $50 at the time of your appointment and will be sent a statement for the balance due, following insurance response.

I don’t have a primary care provider. Does it matter?

You can utilize our Walk-in Services for circumstances listed above whether you have a PCP or not. If you don’t have a PCP, we think it is important to find one.  For the best health, establish a relationship with a Primary Care Provider for annual visits, follow-up care, and to manage your health conditions.

When to Schedule an appointment with Primary Care Provider or covering provider

You can always request to schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Provider. There may be a wait time before your PCP has an available opening so plan ahead and request an appointment several days in advance.

  • Medication management and refills
  • Treatment/Plan of care for known diagnoses and conditions
  • Mental health
  • Referrals needed
  • Yearly or routine physical exams
  • KDOT Physicals
  • Pre-operative physical exam

When to Use Emergency Care or call 911 from home

  • Severe trauma or injury
  • Chest pain (suspected heart attack or stroke)
  • Amputation of limbs or deep wounds with severe bleeding
  • Sudden confusion, weakness, dizziness, numbness, severe headache
  • Difficulty speaking or breathing
  • Head injury
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • New onset of Seizures
  • Major burns involving the face, dorsal surface of hands, fingers, large areas of the body
  • Vomiting blood
  • Smoke or chemical inhalation
  • Poisoning, overdoses
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Pregnancy complications over 20 weeks including labor, bleeding, fluid leakage, decreased fetal movement
  • Abdominal pain – Severe or if it includes fever or abnormal vital signs
  • Pediatric illnesses – when infant is less than 3 months of age
  • Post-operative complications
  • Foreign object in eye

Community leaders break ground at Wamego Health Center

After years of planning and fundraising, Wamego residents finally witnessed the first step toward Wamego Health Center’s first upgrade in more than a decade.

The $10.8 million construction project, funded by Ascension Health and local donors through the Wamego Community Health Foundation, will improve the appearance, flow and functionality of the facility’s outpatient services and provide additional safety measures for staff and patients.

“I want to acknowledge our amazing staff,” said Steve Land, Wamego Health Center administrator. “These dedicated employees are the heart of WHC and the proud tradition our community has come to expect. Without their demand for excellence and growth, this expansion would not have been possible or necessary.”

“The dirt-turners we have today represent so many businesses and individuals in our community who have contributed to our success,” Land said. “We could probably line up 100 shovels with the amount of work it’s taken to get to this spot.”

Dwight Faulkner, president of the Wamego Hospital Association and vice president of Bank of the Flint Hills, thanked the donors and volunteers who contributed to the project.

“This is a great day for our community,” Faulkner said. “We’re blessed to have such a wonderful community in Wamego, we’re blessed to have such a wonderful staff at Wamego Health Center and we’re blessed to have such a great partnership with the city of Wamego, Via Christi and Ascension Health.”


Local donors included:

  • Ascension and Via Christi Health
  • The White Family & Bank of the Flint Hills
  • An anonymous donor in honor of Pinky Barker
  • International Organization of Odd Fellows No. 80
  • Kaw Valley State Banks
  • WTC
  • Bennington State Bank
  • Rob & Jan Eichman & Midwest Concrete Materials
  • Don & Shawn Coleman & Tri County Insurance
  • Central Mechanical Construction
  • CoBank


Face of the Future

Beginning in late summer, Wamego Health Center will break ground on its first construction project in roughly 10 years. From the front entryway to the emergency room to the surgery and laboratory departments, the outpatient care departments will receive a face lift, new safety features and equipment, and renovations to help us better care for you, our community members.

We understand that there might be some headaches when it comes to navigating around a construction area or finding a parking spot close to the entrance, but rest assured, we will all benefit from this yearlong project and we will do our best to accommodate your needs and listen to your concerns.

Please take a moment to view our master site expansion video here: