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Ness County Hospital showing their support for the Ness City Eagles men’s basketball team. Good luck at state!!

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"The Skeleton Crew" Happy National Radiologic Technology Week! We have the BEST co-workers 😀

New Medicare cards are coming! Medicare is mailing new cards between April 2018 and April 2019. The new card has a Medicare Number unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. Your new card will automatically come to you—just make sure Social Security has your most up-to-date address. For more information, visit


Ness County EMS was surprised with a visit from a group of students from Western Plains High School on 12/14/2017. The Freshman and Sophomore Social Studies class taught by Jeff Jones presented a Thank you- basket of Christmas goodies to be presented to the EMTs in appreciation for their service in responding to emergency situations in Ness County. The students were then given a tour of the ambulances and allowed time to ask questions about EMS. We would like to thank the Western Plains students for thinking of us this Christmas and for their support throughout the year!

Pictured are the Western Plains students, Mr. Jones,  and Kathy Clouston, Director of Ness Co. EMS.

National Radiologic Technology Week

week of November 8-16


By Helene Pavlov, M.D.


Many of you are likely thinking “ho hum, who cares.” Read on and I guarantee the next time you go for an X-ray, CT scan, etc., you will think about saying “thank you” to the radiologic technologist who is helping to acquire your image.


Every profession and public issue on the planet has a designated week. A quick Google search uncovered a plethora of weeks used to celebrate just about everything from Administrative Professionals Week and National Health IT Week to the ever popular National Clown Week. So why does the week of November 8-16, stand out as so important amongst a sea of other “weeks”?


National Radiologic Technology Week is celebrated annually to recognize the vital work of Radiologic Technologists across the nation. The celebration takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the X-ray’s discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895. The week-long celebration calls attention to the valuable work of Radiologic Technologists. The highly technical images acquired by these healthcare professionals play an integral role in the medical process and in the lives of millions of patients.


Millions of images are acquired each and every day, however, not necessarily by Registered Technologists or RTs. An RT is responsible for capturing images using ionizing radiation (X-ray, CT, flouro), safely. They are also responsible for ensuring that the image they help to acquire provides the interpreting radiologists and referring physicians with the information they need to make, confirm or exclude a diagnosis accurately. The work of these professionally trained experts is vital to the healthcare industry and to quality patient care.


In order to be a Registered Technologist, an RT, one must graduate from a JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology) Accredited Radiography Program: Upon successful graduation, the person is deemed eligible to sit for the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist) Registry: After completing educational preparation standards, complying with ethics standards, and passing a certification exam, a person is certified by ARRT. Registration is the annual procedure required to maintain registration of the certification. Only technologists who are currently registered - have renewed within the past year - may designate themselves as ARRT Registered Technologists and use the initials “RT” after their names.


Based on the accuracy and clarity of your images, treatment decisions are determined by your physician, e.g., no further treatment needed; additional imaging required; surgery indicated, etc. An unclear or a poorly positioned image can result in a false negative examination and affect the interpretation. An examination may be reported as normal because the subtle or occult finding is masked or obscured by poor image quality. It is in the very early stages of a disease or a condition, when the finding is small and/or subtle that the diagnosis is most critical and when treatment can be the most effective. An early diagnosis limits unnecessary and prolonged pain and suffering; prevents a delay of necessary intervention, and more importantly, averts possible untimely mortality.

So, the next time you require an X-ray or CT examination for a medical concern, chat with your radiology technologist. Find out if they are an RT. Ask him/her about their training and think about saying “thank you” for doing a good job. Ultimately, your diagnosis and treatment may depend on their expertise.



Several different departments at the Ness County Hospital participated in “Bras for a Cause”.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Our goal is to help reduce the mortality rate from breast cancer through early detection and to remind women to please, go get your mammograms!

Valentines Ball 2017

A Career Fair for our area youth

Ness County Hospital recently participated in a career fair held in Ness City. Over 600 students attended the fair from 7 different schools.  The ages ranged from 7-12th graders that attended this career fair.  Students were able to view our hospital booth and get more information from some of our staff about scholarships, career choices, and general Ness County Hospital questions.  There was also a breakout session that members of our hospital spoke about students that were interested in the healthcare field attended.  Ness County Hospital staff spoke at these breakout sessions and provided the students with lots of information regarding the healthcare field. We are hoping to ignite a passion for the healthcare field in these students and hopefully some of these kids will be interested in working in our community!

This is pretty exciting to help educate our youth of opportunities and reasons to come back home after they get out of school.  We will participate in this Career Fair in February and help them see that hospitals are great resources for their futures.  We will man a booth from 10 to 2 and make a speaking presentation of some sort. 


Golden Belt Telephone Association, Inc., in partnership with Ness County Economic Development and Ness County Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a Career Fair for our area youth, Grades 7-12, on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the Ness City High School, Ness City.  The event will be free to all participants, and approximately 554 students from Ellis, LaCrosse, Ness City, Otis-Bison, Pawnee Heights, Sacred Heart School, and Western Plains plan to attend. 

This is an important way to educate youth on job opportunities in our area.  The hope is after their secondary education, they will be inclined to "Come Home" to live and work.  In order to offer a broad range of topics/areas of interest to the students, we are asking you to consider sponsoring the Career Fair in one of three ways:  1) give a monetary donation to help cover lunch and snack costs; 2) host a booth at the Fair; 3)be a speaker and present to the youth. 

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