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  Quality Program Revamped, Shutt Promoted to QA Specialist
April 16. 2018
As part of its ongoing commitment to provide high quality patient care, West Holt Medical Services has revamped its Quality Assurance Program by implementing a new Quality and Performance Improvement Plan and promoting Registered Nurse Talya Shutt to the role of Quality Assurance Specialist. Read More


  Dr. Jarrod Wiegman Announces Retirement from Medicine: Transition Plan Announced
March 26, 2018

It has been almost ten months since Dr. Jarrod Wiegman underwent brain surgery to remove what was through to be a congenital or benign brain tumor. When Drs. Jarrod and Katherine Wiegman learned of the diagnosis of Stage 3 anaplastic astrocytoma brain cancer, perspectives and plans began to change. Read More
  Langan Presents Three $10,000 Donations
March 22, 2018

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Phyllis Langan presented checks for $10,000 each to West Holt Medical Services Foundation, St. Joseph's Catholic Church and The Atkinson-Stuart Country Club as requested by her late husband Joe Langan.
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  Hospital Has Long History of Community Support
February 15, 2018

West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson has served the healthcare needs of the area for more than forty years. Quality healthcare has always been a community priority for area residents, but one may wonder how West Holt Memorial Hospital came to be. Read More

  Dolores Batenhorst Keating Scholarship Recipients Named
February 16, 2018

West Holt Medical Services Foundation began managing a memorial fund in 2010 established in the memory of Dolores Batenhorst Keating. This year’s recipients are:  Sidney Braun of Atkinson, Victoria Novak of O’Neill, and Kayla Bouska of Stuart. Read More



New Centralized Patient Access Team Announced
February 12, 2018

West Holt Medical Services (WHMS) is proud to announce their new centralized patient access team. In an effort to implement a central registration and scheduling model, new roles were created. Current WHMS employees chose their top three preferred positions and were matched to the appropriate role based on their strengths.  Read More



WHMS one of the first Critical Access Hospitals in Nebraska to implement Centralized Patient Access Model
February 5, 2018
For the past five months West Holt Medical Services (WHMS) has been working on a plan to improve the patient scheduling and registration experience. Under the direction of Chief Operating Officer Tab Culbertson, WHMS plans to implement a centralized patient access model for the entire campus effective early March. Read More


  Poessnecker Accepts New Position at WHMS
February 5, 2018
Registered Nurse Jennifer Poessnecker has accepted the position of Specialty Clinic Charge Nurse.

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  New Imaging Team Leader Hired at WHMS
January 8, 2018
Radiologic Technologist Kylee Borg has joined West Holt Medical Services as their new Imaging Team Leader.
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  SIM-NE Training Enhances Life-saving Skills at WHMS
December 18, 2017
Employees at West Holt Medical Services recently completed emergency medical training through the UNMC Simulation in Motion-Nebraska (SIM-NE) program.  Read More


  WHMS Foundation Awards Scholarships
December 27, 2017
Christa Wentworth and McKenna Young have been awarded medical scholarships from WHMS Foundation. Read More

  Cardiac Rehab Program Receives Certification
December 8, 2017
West Holt Medical Services is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
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  Kim Shonebaum Promoted at WHMS
December 18, 2017
West Holt Medical Services is proud to announce the promotion of Kim Schonebaum, to the role of Environmental Services Team Leader.

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  Tracy Ludwig Promoted at WHMS
November 13, 2017
West Holt Medical Services is proud to announce the promotion of Tracy Ludwig, RN, BSN to the role of Director of Primary and Specialty Clinic Services. Read More


  Hospital Reports 11 Years of Positive Financial Performance
November 16, 2017

The annual meeting of West Holt Memorial Hospital was held October 30, 2017 at the Atkinson Public Library. The annual meeting was open to the public, corporate members and Board of Directors. Read More

  Physical Therapist Assistant Joins WHMS
October 13, 2017
West Holt Medical Services is proud to welcome Physical Therapist Assistant Sierra Wentworth to their rehabilitation team. Read More


  Carey Honored with NHA Caring Kind Award
November 3, 2017

West Holt Medical Services is proud to announce that their Licensed Practical Nurse, Misty Carey was recently awarded the Nebraska Hospital Association’s prestigious “The Caring Kind” award. Read More


  Full-Scale Emergency Exercise Planned for Atkinson
September 15, 2017

West Holt Medical Services is working with area agencies to conduct a full-scale emergency exercise on Thursday, September 28 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Atkinson. Read More


  Health Fair Labs Offered Week of August 28
August 21, 2017
West Holt Medical Services will host their annual health fair labs to provide blood panel screenings to the community at significantly reduced prices. These screenings provide baseline information on cholesterol, blood glucose, thyroid, liver and kidney and more. Lab draws will be performed on a first-come, first-served basis August 28 through September 1 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at 406 West Neely Street in Atkinson.  Read More


  Pulmonary Medicine Added at WHMS
August 14, 2017
West Holt Medical Services is pleased to announce they have expanded their outreach specialty care to include pulmonary medicine. Board certified pulmonologist Lon Keim, M.D. will begin seeing patients this fall on the first Wednesday of each month. Read More
  Wacky Bed Races to Benefit Patient Care
August 4, 2017
West Holt Medical Services Foundation will host their second annual Wacky Bed Races fundraiser on Sunday, August 20 at 1:00 p.m. as part of the Atkinson Hay Days Celebration.
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  WHMS Hires New Chief Operating Officer
July 10, 2017
After conducting a nationwide executive search utilizing recruiting firm B.E. Smith, West Holt Medical Services is pleased to announce that Tabitha Culbertson has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer. Read More


  HealthaPalooza Draws Crowd in Atkinson
July 31, 2017

West Holt Medical Services held its first annual HealthaPalooza celebration on July 27 at the Atkinson Community Center drawing approximately 500 people to the event. Read More


WHMS to Host HealthaPalooza Event July 27
July 3, 2017
West Holt Medical Services invites the public to attend its community appreciation event called “HealthaPalooza” on Thursday, July 27 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Atkinson Community Center. Read More


  Hospital Plans to Renovate, Public Invited to Community Q&As
June 19, 2017
To better serve its patients and families, and ensure effective delivery of its services, the hospital...
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Foundation Announces Spring Scholarship Winners
May 22, 2017
West Holt Medical Services Foundation is pleased to announce that Kassidy Jelinek and Samantha Sattler have been selected as our $500 spring 2017 scholarship recipients. Read More


Hospital Awards Healthcare Scholarships
June 12, 2017
West Holt Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce its selection of the 2017 healthcare scholarship recipients, Alison Stracke and Emma Laible. Read More
  National Hospital Week Celebrated May 7-13
May 7, 2017
National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the women and men who support the health and wellbeing of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart. Read More


  Donations Provide New Treatment Option For Therapy Patients
May 12, 2017
Soft tissue injuries can be debilitating and frustrating. West Holt Medical Services Foundation is pleased to announce that therapy patients now have an effective treatment option called the Graston Technique to help treat their soft tissue injuries. Read More
  Outsmarting Antibiotic Resistance
Medical Minute by Pharmacist Bri Hoffman
April 24, 2017

It's time to get smart about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance. Bacteria has become smart by adapting and mutating, further multiplying and spreading leading to antibiotic resistance. Learn what is happening in healthcare to prevent antibiotic resistance an what you can do to prevent it. Read More


  Jacque Steinhauser Promoted to Human Resources Coordinator
May 1, 2017

West Holt Medical Services is proud to announce the promotion of Jacque Steinhauser to the role of Human Resources Coordinator. Jacque has worked at West Holt Medical Services since 2002 serving in various capacities including, Marketing & Foundation Director and Business Office Clerk. In Jacque’s fifteen years of employment, she has been instrumental in... Read More


  Health Vitals Station Now Available at West Holt Medical Clinic
April 17, 2017
We are proud to provide a new health vitals station called the higi station to our patients and visitors. This free and easy to use self-serve station measures blood pressure, pulse, weight and body mass index (BMI). Read More

Dolores Batenhorst Keating Scholarship Winners Announced
April 7, 2017
Each year scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded to graduates from Holt County schools who are residents in Holt County pursuing a degree in the medical field.  This year’s recipients are:  Kassidy Jelinek of Atkinson, Cordele Matthews of O’Neill, and Jaden Schafer of Stuart. Read More


Dexter to Serve on Rural Health Advisory Board
March 30, 2017
West Holt Medical Clinic Nurse Practitioner April Dexter plans to be a voice for rural health care during her 2 1/2 year term on the Nebraska Rural Health Advisory Commission Board, an expert panel of 13 healthcare professionals. Dexter was appointed to the position by Governor Pete Ricketts earlier this year. Read More

Sports Physical Dates Announced
West Holt Medical Clinic in Atkinson will be providing sports physicals to all area students in grades 6-12 on May 1–4 and May 8–11 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. with extended hours from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Read More
  38 Performers to Take the Stage at Variety Show Fundraiser
Auditions were recently held for West Holt Medical Services Foundation upcoming Variety Show Fundraiser. Fourteen acts, a total of thirty-eight performers were given a golden ticket to advance to the live shows.
  Patient Portal Discussed at Atkinson Senior Center
This month Information Technologists Courtney Laetsch and Karrie Neptune discussed the benefits of using Patient Portal. The Patient Portal at West Holt Medical Services is an online platform that provides patients free, fast and secure access to their medical information.

Foundation Scholarship Deadline April 15

The Foundation is currently accepting and reviewing scholarship applications for our spring awards. Two scholarships will be awarded in the spring, each in the amount of $500. Students of any age currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a school or program which provides a course of study leading to a degree or a certificate in the areas of study in the medical or allied health field are invited to apply here.


The Beat Goes On with WHMS Cardiac Rehab
West Holt Medical Services celebrates the life-saving impact of cardiac rehab during National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week February 12-18.

Seeking Talent Acts to Perform in Variety Show Fundraiser  
West Holt Medical Services Foundation is looking for musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, comedy skits, or novelty acts to perform in its second annual Variety Show Fundraiser on March 18 and 19.
Audition applications are due by February 20 to be considered for auditions on March 1 and 2 from 6:00-9:00 pm...

Hospital Receives Level IV Trauma Designation
The Trauma Program at WHMS is proud to announce its re-designation as a Level IV Trauma Center. This means that when a patient comes to West Holt Memorial Hospital with a medical trauma, the staff are well-trained, equipped and have the proper protocols in place to stabilize the patient to admit here or transfer them to a Level I, II, or III facility if needed...


Nollette, Pacha and Mincer Join Foundation Board of Directors
Since 1982, West Holt Medical Services Foundation’s Board of Directors has provided financial foresight, oversight, and insight for the fundraising efforts of the Foundation. The Foundation Board of Directors is happy to announce the election of board members, Shirli Pacha, Curie Mincer, and Karen Nollette each for a three-year term...


Health Care Career Day Held
West Holt Medical Services hosted its annual Health Care Career Day on Friday, January 27. Eleven students from West Holt High School and Stuart High School attended.
The day began with a welcome from Chief Executive Officer, Bradley Pfeifer. Jessica Prussa, Foundation and Marketing Director facilitated a behind-the-scenes tour of each department...

Hospital and Foundation Board Members Receive Training at WHMS Retreat
West Holt Medical Services hosted a Board of Director's retreat on January 20 and 21 at Divot's Conference Center in Norfolk, NE. "The Retreat was a great educational experience for our Hospital and Foundation Board Members. It gave us...

Same Day Appointments Now Available at West Holt Medical Clinic
West Holt Medical Clinic now offers Same Day Appointments as a convenient, cost-effective way for patients to receive medical care for their minor injuries and illnesses.
Patients can make a Same Day Appointment for their cold, cough...Read More

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