Newman Regional Health Services
To learn more about our diabetes education sessions:
Diabetes education is an outpatient program for adults with diabetes or the parents of children with diabetes to learn to help manage the condition and make healthy choices. Since family support and involvement are important, a support person is encouraged to attend with the participant. Diabetes Mellitus education provides education and guidance specifically tailored to the needs of each individual. To find out if you qualify, please contact your physician.
Our diabetes education addresses the following:
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Diabetes disease process
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity
- Acute and chronic complications
- Psychosocial issues
- Health and behavior changes
The Newman Regional Health diabetes education program maintains the American Diabetes Association Award of Education Recognition for quality diabetes patient education since December 1998. The diabetes education team consists of dedicated professionals who have an interest and additional education in diabetes management.
Enroll in diabetes education by obtaining a referral and individualized treatment plan from your physician. Many insurance companies are now paying for diabetes education programs if ordered by a physician. Day and evening classes are available. Call (620) 343-6800, ext. 21803 for information.
The selection of diabetic shoes at Newman Medical Equipment is hand-picked for its ability to treat the diabetic foot with close attention to fashion.
They know looking good while you take care of your health is important.
Schedule of Events
2020 Diabetes Community Health Fair – APRIL 16, Anderson Building, Lyon County Fair Grounds, 4:30-6:00 PM (CANCELLED due to COVID-19 response plan)
- Blood glucose, blood pressure and foot screenings will be offered. Diabetes education information will be available regarding nutrition, medications, complications, foot care and exercise.
- Guest speaker: Wilma Malone, RD, LD, CDE – “Healthy Carbs to Stay in Charge of Your Diabetes”
- Refreshments are served and Gift Bags will be available.
2020 Diabetes Support Group Meetings – Continuing Education Classroom – 2nd Floor, Newman Regional Health 1301 W. 12th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801: 7 – 8:00 pm
- March 3 – Diabetes and Eye Care – Dr. David Miller, optometrist
- June 2 – Managing Stress- Libby Chanley, LMSW (CANCELLED due to COVID-19 response plan)
- Sept 1 – Vaccinations and Infection Prevention- Esther Knobloch, RN (CANCELLED due to COVID-19 response plan)
- Nov 3 – Grocery Store Tour at Country Mart – Wilma Malone, RD (CANCELLED due to COVID-19 response plan)
- Refreshments will be served and no reservation is necessary.
- The purpose of this group is to create a climate of support and education that will assist attendees’ efforts with their diabetes care, and/or the care of their friend or family member.
To learn more about our diabetes education sessions, contact us today.
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a physician or advanced practice provider who specializes in caring for patients admitted to a hospital. A hospitalist acts as a primary provider while patients are hospitalized, from admission through discharge and is in frequent contact with the primary care physician of the patient.
At Newman Regional Health, our hospitalist program includes a team of healthcare providers who provide care for inpatients and outpatient observation patients over the age of 18 who have been admitted to our hospital. Working closely with our emergency room physicians and a wide range of specialty physicians and clinical departments, our hospitalists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help patients get well and return home.
Newman Regional Health is dedicated to improving health in our communities by providing high quality care. The Hospitalist Program at Newman Regional Health is a team of providers who specialize in inpatient care for patients that are admitted into the hospital.
Benefits of a Hospitalist Program
- Shorter waiting time for a bed. The hospitalist helps speed up the process of getting patients admitted from the Emergency Room.
- Better communication. The hospitalist becomes the center point of communication for the patient, family, primary care physician, and specialists.
- Personalized, family-centered care. Hospitalists practice full-time in the hospital and are available to answer patient and family questions.
- Shorter hospital stay. The hospitalist acts as provider and coordinator of care eliminating much of the wait time for tests, results, and consultations.
- Quicker discharge. The hospitalist can give discharge approval more quickly as they are always in the hospital, to get patients on their way home sooner.
- Continuity of care. The hospitalist team work seven consecutive day shifts; the likelihood of having the same team during a patient’s stay is very high.
- Better quality of care. The hospitalist is nearby and will see patients several times a day, if needed.
Why did my family physician stop seeing patients in the hospital?
For almost 100 years, Newman Regional Health cared for hospitalized patients with a community physician model where physicians saw patients in their own clinic and also in the hospital if they had to be admitted. Over the years, increased physician specialization, severity of illness of hospitalized patients and the advent of electronic medical records in hospitals and physician clinics led to a dramatic increase in the amount of time it took to complete a patient visit in their clinic and admit, round on and discharge hospitalized patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will my primary care physician know about my condition?
At discharge, the hospitalist communicates with the patient’s primary care physician to discuss any additional treatment, arrange follow-up care, and prescribe medications. The hospitalist also sends hospital records to the patient’s primary care physician.
How do I contact the hospitalist about my care?
If a patient or family member has questions during their stay, ask the nurse to contact the hospitalist who is caring for them and they will be happy to contact the hospitalist team.
Will the hospitalist be involved in follow-up care?
A relationship with the hospitalist is usually limited to a patient’s time in the hospital. However, hospitalists do make themselves available to primary care physicians and specialists for consultations. Primary care physicians will continue to be a patient’s regular provider after their hospital stay.
Phone: (620) 343-6800 ext. 21202
Fax: (620) 341-7825
Conveniently located inside Entrance C, next to Main Registration, patients needing blood work, sample collection, screenings, and doctor ordered testing can save time by coming directly to the new lab area.
Open 8:00am – 5:00pm. After hours, patients can register in the Emergency Department.
The laboratory at Newman Regional Health provides accurate diagnostic test results and support services in a timely and cost-effective manner to our customers. Our laboratory is federally approved and licensed by CMS under CLIA to provide testing for Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Laboratory tests are performed upon the written order of a licensed healthcare provider. The laboratory is open and staffed 24 hours a day to assist you. No appointments are required for routine blood collection.
A comprehensive quality control program has been established to monitor for precision, reliability, and accuracy. All anatomical pathology specimens are reviewed by two pathologists before results are released. The laboratory department is committed to improving quality, processes, turnaround times, and customer service.
The laboratory is operated by pathologists who are board certified in anatomical and clinical pathology, as well as laboratory technologists, technicians, phlebotomists, and office support professionals.
- Hematology, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Coagulation, Serology
- Cytology and Histopathology
- Occupational Services
Hematology, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Coagulation, Serology
Routine hematology, chemistry, and urinalysis tests are available at all times. In addition, we perform a variety of specialized tests, including cardiac markers, BNP, drug-of-abuse screens, therapeutic drug levels, and toxicology tests.
Routine coagulation tests available include Protime/PT (with INR), APTT, fibrinogen, and D-dimer testing.
Routine serology tests such as mono test, streptozyme, C-reactive protein, rheumatoid factor, and pregnancy testing (qualitative and quantitative) are available at all times.
Our microbiology department provides identification of disease-causing aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. In addition, we perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing for most aerobic bacteria. We also utilize automated blood culture systems. Rapid antigen testing is available to diagnose infections such as strep throat, influenza, and RSV. We also offer a line of molecular testing to identify bacteria, viruses and parasites, that may be causing illness.
Our transfusion service maintains an inventory of blood and blood components for transfusion to our inpatients and outpatients. We routinely stock red blood cells of all blood types as well as fresh frozen plasma. Plateletpheresis packs and specially prepared red cell units are available by special order. The American Red Cross out of Wichita, Kansas is our blood supplier.
Cytology and Histopathology
The laboratory processes surgically removed tissue for interpretation by the pathologists at Peterson Laboratory Services, P.A. in Manhattan, Kansas.
The laboratory is a collection site for DOT and non-DOT drug testing, offering this service to Emporia and the surrounding communities. Breath alcohol testing (BAT) is also available.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Phone: (620) 343-6800, ext. 21802
Assistance with Diet and Lifestyle Changes for Total Wellness
Our registered dietitian works with patients individually to create a realistic meal plan and determines appropriate lifestyle changes needed for a healthy lifestyle. Medical nutrition therapy is provided on an outpatient basis per physician referral.
Many insurance companies are now paying for medical nutrition therapy if ordered by a physician. Please talk to your doctor about a referral.
Newman Medical Equipment
Phone: (620) 343-1800
Fax: (620) 343-1859
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Due to Covid-19, the lobby is closed. We offer curbside pickup with any order. We are open to provide shoe fittings for the diabetic with an appointment.
On-call 24 Hours a Day to Serve You With Oxygen and Hospice Services
RENTAL, SALE & SERVICE OF DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
Newman Medical Equipment sells the durable medical equipment and supplies you need in the home and community. Our medical equipment specialists will obtain the items you need and make special orders, if necessary. For some products, a rental option is available.
Walk-in customers are always welcome in our retail showroom. You may be able to find exactly what you need by visiting with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.
We make deliveries within 60 miles for specialized equipment.
REFERRALS FOR SERVICES
A physician referral is needed for medical equipment and supplies to be covered by insurance. A certificate of medical necessity may also be required.
PAYMENT FOR SERVICES
If you qualify, Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and most private insurance carriers will reimburse part or all of the cost of certain medical equipment.
Our billing specialist can answer your questions and file a claim with your insurance company. Call (620) 343-6800 x25108 for assistance. We accept all major credit cards.
Private pay arrangements are also available.
Please allow time for the insurance verification process required for many supplies and services.
With Patient Portal access, patients can view upcoming appointments, send messages, make payments, and view summaries of their office visits, lab results, medication list, immunizations, and vitals. Patients can also print these records from their portal, if needed. If patients would like to register for the portal, please call (620) 343-6800 ext. 23406
Newman Medical Equipment offers:
Home and portable oxygen systems and pulmonary medication devices allow patients with lung and heart problems to start or continue treatments at home as ordered by their physician.
- BIPAP / CPAP machines (including a wide selection of masks)
- Compressed oxygen
- Oxygen concentrators
- Suction equipment
- Portable Liquid Oxygen Units
- Large selection of footwear
- Compression socks
- Compression hosiery
- Breastfeeding supplies
- Breast pumps for sale or rent
- Breast milk storage bags
- Disposable bra pads
- Support belts
ORTHOPEDIC SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT
- Knee braces up to 4XL
- Lumbar support up to XXL
- Wrist braces
- Shoulder immobilizers
- Elbow braces
- Walking boots
- Back braces
- Rib belts
- Back braces
- Compression stockings
- Orthopedic braces
- Polar cubes
- TENS units
- Bath/tub chairs, commodes, and benches
- Chair lifts
- Grab bars
- Lift chairs
- Shoe horns
- Sock aids
- Seat cushions
- 4-wheel rollators
- Folding walkers
- Walkers with or without seats
- Hospital beds
- Over-bed tables
- Quad canes
- Support mattresses/surfaces
- Trapeze bars
- Wound care products (dressings, lotions, etc.)
- Ostomy supplies
- Urinary supplies
- Bariatric aids
- Mastectomy supplies (including breast forms and pocket bras)
- Blood pressure monitors
- Glucose meters
- Exam gloves
If you are a patient and need assistance, please notify your nurse or Care Coordination department at (620) 343-6800 ext. 24102.
Providing the Highest Quality Patient Care for Adults and Children
Newman Regional Health hospital practices total patient care to foster a close rapport between nurses, patients, families, and physicians, as well as other members of the healthcare team. Our highly trained nurses communicate with your physician and provide compassionate care to our patients. From a caring voice and an extra warm blanket to a late night snack and a friendly smile, our nurses make the difference.
Our caring pediatric nurses are specialty trained in surgical care, wound care, general medical outpatient treatment including infusion therapy and pediatrics. Our attentive nurses will take good care of your little ones while they are at Newman Regional Health. In addition to planning and providing care for each child, the nurses fill many roles, such as patient advocate and teacher.
The 17-bed medical, surgical, telemetry and pediatric unit is located on the third floor of Newman Regional Health. We offer private rooms complete with a family lounge.
Just a few of the many services offered by our 3rd Floor Nurses and professionals:
- Administration of IV medication
- Monitoring heart rhythms through cardiac monitoring (telemetry)
- Assisting with mobility of patents
- Providing education to patients and families regarding medications, dietary restrictions, and activity
- Providing disease specific education and how to effectively manage at home.
- Monitor patient vital signs and lab values and report abnormal values to the providers to assist them in determining the best treatment for our patients.
At Newman Regional Health, patients do not have to be physically moved to a different room or unit when they are transferred from acute bed status to skilled bed status. For our patients’ convenience, they remain in their own rooms if their status changes. We found that changing patients to “skilled” status and allowing patients to stay in the same room provides many benefits including:
- More time to recover following an illness or surgery
- Less expensive care than an acute hospitalization
- Helps to keep patients oriented to surroundings and staff
- Reduces the possibility of lost items
- Reduces relocation confusion for friends and family
As patients progress, one factor that always remains constant is the devoted attention of our highly skilled nursing staff.
In addition to “skilled” care, our nursing staff also provides services in
- Skilled Care Admissions
- In-Patient rehabilitation
- Medical Surgical care
- Group and public speaking about skilled care and rehabilitation
Contact the Skilled Nursing Department at (620) 343-6800, ext. 22295 or by mobile phone (620)794-0739 for more information.
The Care Coordination team at NRH works with patients, families, and the entire care team to advocate for and assist our patients with problem solving personal or environmental difficulties that may arise during an illness. We have excellent staff that strive to ensure that the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our patients are met, both while they are a patient, as well as after discharge.
Our staff facilitates post-discharge services including:
- Home health aides and hospice care
- Nursing home placement
- Home and community-based service referrals
- A variety of outpatient services
- Medical follow-up
We can also assist with arranging for requested pastoral or spiritual care through our Volunteer Chaplain program or contact with a specific clergy member identified by the patient.
The needs of the patient are addressed by providing social service support, crisis support, and discharge planning assistance.
Our Care Coordination team can also assist patients with the completion of advance directives such as living wills or durable power of attorney for healthcare.
Non-English speaking patients
Language interpretation and other communication services are provided for our patients who have needs.
All Care Coordination services, including interpretation, are provided at no cost to our patients. Our team consists of licensed social workers, registered nurse case managers, and clinical documentation improvement specialists.
Phone: (620) 343-6800, ext. 22298
Fax: (620) 340-6187
Inpatient Occupational Therapy
Helping You Achieve Independence
The occupational therapy staff at Newman Regional Health provides inpatient care for people of all ages, from pediatrics to older adults.
The goal of occupational therapy is to help people achieve the highest level of independence possible and to participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).
Examples of care may include:
- Use of adaptive equipment
- Activity modification
- Rehabilitative techniques
- Home modification
Outpatient Occupational Therapy
Newman Physical Therapy (Outpatient)
1024 W. 12th Avenue
Emporia, KS 66801
Phone: (620) 342-4100
Fax: (620) 340-6187
Following a thorough evaluation, an occupational therapist will tailor a treatment plan dedicated to restoring your maximum functional ability. Your therapist will work individually with you and will closely monitor your progress and modify your program as required.
Outpatient Services include:
- Custom upper extremity orthotic fabrication
- Pre-fabricated splint fitting and modification
- Strengthening/range of motion
- Joint protection training
- Wound, scar, and edema management
- Nerve desensitization
- Adaptive equipment and activities of daily living training
- Energy conservation training
- Work simplification
- Body mechanics and ergonomic protection techniques
Phone: 620-343-6800 ext 21637
Pain can arise from a wide range of diseases and injuries such as sprains, arthritis, cancer, autoimmune diseases and even poor posture. Often, pain becomes unbearable, and more conservative treatments and therapy fail to offer relief. Many patients turn to additional medications and procedures to find ways to manage the pain levels they are suffering.
Acute Pain vs. Chronic Pain
Acute pain generally is felt quickly after an injury and is temporary. Usually, once the injury has completed the healing process, the pain stops or becomes manageable with simple treatments and medication.
Chronic pain is generally diagnosed after a patient has felt it on a consistent basis for three to six months. Your primary care doctor can help you decide if you need treatment from a pain management specialist.
Newman Regional Health provides consultations, diagnosis, and treatment for both acute and chronic pain conditions. Our goal is to eliminate, reduce or control your pain levels so that you can improve your quality of life.
The pain management care practiced by Newman Regional Health works in coordination with your primary care doctor or specialist. We communicate with all types of care providers to understand the treatment goals and to ensure we are offering the best treatment options to manage your pain.
Conditions We Treat
We treat a variety of pain conditions. If you need a consultation, ask your primary care doctor or specialist for a referral.
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Muscle pain
- Pain that radiates into the arms or legs
- Spinal Stenosis
- Herniated Disc
- Leg Pain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Vertebral compression fracture
- Lower back fracture or trauma
- Pain resulting from car accidents and work injuries
Our Treatments & Services
Our Pain Management Physician has undergone specialized training in pain management during fellowships and/or residencies.
During your visit, they will go over the results of any imaging that was done, as well as discuss the treatment plan with you in order to help you work toward your goals.
Treatments we offer include:
- Epidural Steroid Injection
- Facet Joint Injection
- Trigger Point Injection
- Endoscopic Rhizotomy
- Spine surgery – Lumbar and cervical
Newman Regional Health Pharmacy
Take a virtual tour of the pharmacy
Phone: (620) 343-6800, ext. 21500
Fax: (620) 341-7836
We are extremely pleased to announce new services provided by the Clinical Pharmacy Team at Newman Regional Health here in Emporia, Kansas. These new services are provided as part of our ongoing mission to be your ‘hospital of choice’ when hospital care is needed. It is also our vision to do our part in keeping Newman Regional Health as one of the top 10 hospitals.
The pharmacists at Newman Regional Health (NRH) are all in the process of becoming certified as well trained Infectious Disease Pharmacists. What this means to you is that we will be a resource for you, your nurse and your physician when decisions are being made about your antibiotic therapy during your stay at NRH. Our clinical pharmacists will consult with you and your healthcare team on a daily basis. We will be there to discuss options with your physician and explain to you, our patient, the details of the antibiotic therapy that you receive. This is called our Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP). The purpose of this program is to ensure that you receive the best antibiotic choice for specific bacteria, in the correct dose, at the correct time while preventing duplication of therapy and helping to prevent drug resistance by the organism. We comply with evidence-based guidelines and best practices regarding antibiotic prescriptions and promote rational and appropriate antibiotic therapy to improve your clinical outcome. We are your ‘stewards’ of antibiotic therapy.
Another service we provide is assistance with pain management therapy. The intent is to keep you free of pain as much as is possible without sedation and other side effects for a better stay. These interventions will be done by our trained pain management pharmacists as they make rounds in the units, or in response to a request for a Pharmacy consult from your physician.
The pharmacist will be around to enable you to be involved in your care by discussing your medications with you during your stay as well as discussing your medication regimen upon your discharge. We, the Pharmacy Team at Newman Regional Health, are proud to provide these new services to you and be a part of your healthcare team. This is a small part of why NRH is one of the top 10 hospitals and your hospital of choice. Contact us today to learn more.
Here area few of the services that our Clinical Pharmacist provide the patients of Newman Regional Health:
- Counsel patients at time of discharge
- Counsel patients when high-risk medicines are prescribed
- Counsel new inpatients about their medicine therapy
- Consult with doctors and nurses about patient pain management therapy
- Joint Camp teaching
- Conduct diabetic education classes
- Consult on cardiac rehabilitation classes
- Serves as a member of Hospice team and medication reviews
- Rounding with hospitalist team
- Anticoagulant monitoring
- Renal dose adjustments
- Antibiotic stewardship
- Streamlining IV to PO therapy
- Narrow therapeutic medication monitoring (digoxin, phenytoin, etc.)
- Kineteic dosing (vanco, gent)
- Reconciliation of home medications vs. inpatient orders
Phone: (620) 343-6800, ext. 24595
Fax: (620) 340-6730
Inpatient Physical Therapy
Improving Your Function to Improve Your Lifestyle
The goal of physical therapy is to improve the patient’s functional ability to a level that will allow for the most productive lifestyle.
The inpatient physical therapy staff at Newman Regional Health provides post-surgical care for total joint replacement and hip fractures; rehabilitation following stroke, debilitating disease, or illness; and wound care for patients with amputations in the Wound Care Clinic.
Generally, physical therapy involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of “movement dysfunctions”. Physical Therapists examine patients and develop treatment plans that employ techniques that promote mobility, pain reduction, functional restoration, and disability prevention.
>We strive to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
A typical inpatient treatment session lasts about 45 minutes but is tailored to each patient and their level of progress.
Our physical therapists offer all types of specialty care, including:
- Balance retraining and vestibular rehabilitation
- Exercise therapy
- Gait training
- Hot and cold therapy
- Manual therapy
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Post-operative rehabilitation (hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, foot, ankle)
- Progressive strengthening
- Sports medicine
- Ultrasound therapy
Physical therapy can help relieve numerous orthopedic conditions, including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Tennis elbow
- Pitcher’s elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shoulder tendonitis
- Sprains and strains
Outpatient Physical Therapy
Newman Physical Therapy (Outpatient)
1024 W. 12th Avenue
Emporia, KS 66801
Phone: (620) 342-4100
Fax: (620) 340-6187
Patients with orthopedic and neurologic conditions receive outpatient physical therapy at Newman Physical Therapy. Sports medicine physical therapy and industrial rehabilitation are important components of the outpatient program. Outpatient physical therapists also perform worksite ergonomic and prevention programs specifically for the needs of a business.
- Custom foot orthotics
- Prenatal/postnatal care
- Preparation for labor and delivery
- Preparation for the post-partum body
- Preparation and restoration of the body for breastfeeding
- Low Back Pain
- Sciatic Nerve Dysfunction
- Urinary Incontinence
- Diastasis Recti
- Pubic Symphysis Pain
- Thoracic and Rib Cage Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Pelvic Health
- Core & Pelvic Floor Strengthening
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Pain Management
- Kinesio® taping
- Body mechanics and ergonomic protection techniques
- Dry Needling
Phone: (620) 343-6800, ext. 21551
Fax: (620) 341-7890
State-of-the-Art Medical Imaging Services for all Your Needs
Newman Regional Health’s Radiology Department is fully equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technology. Our advanced medical imaging services assist our providers in diagnosing medical problems quickly and formulating effective treatment plans. All images are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist, who works closely with the referring physician and nursing team.
Radiology services at Newman Regional Health include:
Computed tomography (CT), also known as a “CAT scan,” is a medical diagnostic tool that creates images of internal structures within the human body. CT scans aid physicians in diagnosing disease, viewing internal abnormalities, and assessing the extent of trauma. Newman Regional Health is equipped with a State of the Art Toshiba 160 Slice CT Scanner that provides highly detailed images of the human body.
The Toshiba 160 slice CT scanner non-invasively assists physicians in the diagnosis of a variety of anatomical areas, including spine, head, abdomen and chest. The Toshiba 160 slice CT scanner allows providers to simultaneously capture multiple wafer-thin images of a patient’s anatomy within seconds, shaving precious minutes off the exam time.
The Toshiba 160 Slice CT system compliments and extends the high range of quality diagnostic services that Newman Regional Health offers the residents of Emporia and the surrounding area. The Toshiba 160 Slice CT Scanner provides our providers with vastly improved image quality, and entry into new applications such as CT angiography and an overall enhanced diagnostic confidence on all studies.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) produces detailed images of the body’s organs and tissues without patient discomfort, exposure to radiation, or dye injections. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radiofrequency to produce computerized pictures.
For providers, MRI is advantageous in determining soft tissue disorders, including cartilage and ligament tears and herniated disks, but it also can be helpful in diagnosing bone disorders such as tumors.
Designed with the patient in mind, our Infinion 1.5T ultra-short bore MRI system is the shortest, most open high field scanner available. Our MRI is comfortable for patients because its design decreases claustrophobic feelings and exams are faster – about half the time of traditional open MRI. Our MRI has five times the power and produces the best possible images for providers than traditional open scanners.
A nuclear scan shows how well an organ functions. The procedure begins with the injection of small amounts of radioactive trace material (isotopes). The organ absorbs the radioactive material. The special camera on the nuclear scan detects the radiation in the organ. The camera moves at different angles and sends signals to a computer that constructs an image of an organ and its circulation. Nuclear scans help providers diagnose many conditions, including cancer.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create images. During ultrasound, a technician moves a small device on the skin. The device transmits signals that a computer converts into moving images. The image is displayed on a computer screen.
There are many uses for ultrasound including viewing a developing fetus, abdominal organ, thyroid, prostate, heart function, and blood flow through major vessels.
Sleep Disorders Center
Meet the Provider
Our Accredited Sleep Disorders Center Offers Diagnostic Sleep Studies
Sleep is vital to good health – sleep is an active state important for renewing our mental and physical health each day! If you, or a loved one are having sleep related issues, our staff at Newman Regional Health Sleep Disorders Center is here to help to ensure you have a good quality night of sleep!
Newman Regional Health Sleep Disorders Center is 2-bed sleep facility accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). We provide in-center (overnight or day) sleep testing (polysomnogram – PSG) diagnostic & titration studies. The center is fully-equipped with a home-like private bedroom to monitor patients during sleep. A caring, trained sleep technologist monitors the patient during the study after which a physician analyzes the results, patient history, and lab tests to make a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan.
Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT)
In addition to our in-center sleep testing, we also offer Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT) for those patients who qualify. With an HSAT, you are sleeping in the comfort of your own home. Not everyone qualifies for a HSAT—the patient for whom an HSAT would be appropriate is a patient with a high pre-test probability of moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and who does not have other significant health issues which would be better evaluated through in-center testing. An HSAT is somewhat less reliable for diagnosing a mild disorder. Your health care provider will tell you if an HSAT is appropriate for you.
Our sleep specialists identify and treat sleep disorders.
One such common disorder, sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening breathing problem that occurs during sleep.
It is estimated there are approximately 22 million adults who suffer from sleep apnea, but even more shocking is that 89% are undiagnosed.
Sleep Apnea is a breathing disorder which causes the patient to repeatedly stop breathing (apnea) or to have very shallow breathing, for ten seconds or longer; these pauses may occur as many as 20-30 times or more per hour! When healthy sleep is interrupted by these pauses, it puts a strain on the heart; Sleep Apnea can prevent oxygen from getting to the brain and body. This lack of oxygen not only interrupts a person’s sleep, but it also affects the entire body. Not getting enough oxygen night after night can lead to high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attacks or stroke – there are studies ongoing to research the impact on the brain.
There are three kinds of sleep apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea which is caused by a blocked or collapsed airway; Central Sleep Apnea which is when the part of the brain that controls breathing does not send the correct signals to the muscles that control breathing; and Mixed Sleep Apnea which is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea.
Of the three kinds of sleep apnea, the most common cause of sleep apnea is OSA; an obstruction or collapse of the airway; throat muscles are abnormally relaxed, tongue and tonsils are larger than normal, being overweight, or airway is smaller than normal.
If you have sleep apnea and it is not treated, or not treated properly, you are at risk for:
- high blood pressure
- irregular heart rhythms or heart disease
- heart attack
- pre-diabetes and diabetes, depression
- increased likelihood of driving or work-related accidents
Untreated sleep apnea causes physical and emotional stress on the body, and ultimately can lead to death. Long-term cardiovascular complications of untreated OSA can put you at risk of daytime sleepiness, depression, irregular sleep cycles, and poor sleep quality.
Treating OSA helps the management of the other medical conditions you might have, including metabolic or cardiac issues. Sleep apnea is very common in ppeople with atrial fibrillation (a quivering or irregular heartbeat) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart related complications.
How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Signs or symptoms include:
- loud or disruptive snoring
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- choking or gasping while you sleep
- morning headaches
- trouble staying asleep
- trouble concentrating
- unexplained sleepiness
- mood swings
- personality changes
- feelings of depression
- waking up often during the night to use the restroom
- dry mouth and sore throat.
Who is at risk for OSA? You are at an increased risk if you are overweight, have high blood pressure, male with a neck size of 17 inches or more, female with a neck size of 16 inches or more, male over the age of 40, or a female over the age of 50.
Our Sleep Specialist, Dr. Victor Salloum, MD, Pulmonary Disease Physician and Board Certified Sleep Specialist, sees patients at Newman Regional Health Specialty Clinic.
Sleep Studies can be scheduled Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays (days may vary – we do like to accommodate special circumstances if possible), with flexible hours available for shift workers. Our sleep professionals are ready to help you get a good night’s rest! For information on a sleep study or the Newman Regional Health Sleep Disorders Center, call 620-341-7722 or email us at email@example.com
Newman Medical Equipment sells the durable medical equipment and supplies you need in the home and community. Their medical equipment specialists will obtain the items you need and make special orders, if necessary. They carry CPAP and BiPAP machines, supplies, hoses and masks.
Speech and Language Therapy
Phone: (620) 343-6800, ext. 22276
The Newman Regional Health speech and language program address swallowing problems, speech-language impairments, voice disorders, and stuttering.
Newman Regional Health has speech and language therapists who provide inpatient, outpatient, and in-home services in residents of Emporia, Kansas and the surrounding areas.
Inpatient Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Therapy
The speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders.
Examples of issues addressed by the Newman Regional Health Speech and Language program
People who cannot make speech sounds, or cannot make them clearly
- Speech rhythm and fluency problems and stuttering
- Voice quality problems, such as inappropriate pitch or a harsh voice
- Problems understanding and producing language
- Cognitive communication impairments such as attention, memory, and problem-solving disorders
- Oral motor problems causing eating and swallowing difficulties.
Outpatient Speech Language Therapy
Newman Therapy Services (Outpatient)
1024 W. 12th Avenue
Emporia, KS 66801
Phone: (620) 342-4100
Fax: (620) 340-6187
Speech therapy provides services not only for correcting articulation of speech but regaining cognitive aspects of communication as well. Speech therapy also focuses on the swallowing mechanism and how to regain its functional use.
- Receptive language
- Speech function
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
- Executive function skills
- VitalStim – Pairs electrical stimulation with swallowing exercises to assist in strengthening muscles used in the swallowing process and restoring function.
- LSVT – Lee Silverman Voice Treatment LOUD is a program that improves the communicative abilities by focusing on the vocal loudness of patients with Parkinson’s Disease
- Modified Barium Swallow Study – Allows the therapist to assess the structures and function of the swallow with the use of radiology to determine appropriate diet consistencies, swallowing strategies and therapeutic plan of care.
Phone: (620) 342-6161
Fax: (620) 342-0087
Monday thru Friday
7:30am – 5:00pm
Unsurpassed Skill and Reassuring Comfort in Surgical Care
Surgeons at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS diagnose and treat medical conditions that require general surgery. From breast cancer to hernias, they utilize the most innovative therapeutic techniques and state-of-the-art surgical technology to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible.
As your surgeon, their goals are to improve your health and preserve your quality of life. Before recommending a treatment plan, they will evaluate your medical problem in relationship to your overall health, lifestyle, past treatment, and future goals.
They will explain every procedure, answer your questions, and help you understand your treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical. While they will advise you of their recommendations, they will ultimately allow you to make the final decision about how your treatment is to proceed.
Our surgeons treat a number of illnesses and conditions. If surgery is required, they have vast experience with all the latest procedures to correct your problem and return you to good health. We have a solid reputation for providing excellent surgical care and diligent follow-up care, resulting in exceptional outcomes.
Our experience, surgical skills, and medical knowledge include:
- Breast cancer
- Colon problems, including colon cancer
- Gallbladder disease / gallstones
- Stomach problems / stomach cancer
- Rectal bleeding / rectal cancer
- Skin lesions and skin cancers
- Thyroid cancer / thyroid surgery
- Capsule (pill) endoscopy for small intestine problems
- Video endoscopy for stomach problems
- In-office ultrasound of the breast
- In-office breast biopsy using the Mamatome Breast Biopsy System
Women’s Life Center
Phone: (620) 343-6800, ext. 24477
Fax: (620) 341-7813
We’ve been delivering babies and caring for mothers for over 90 years. For the staff of the Women’s Life Center, the miracle of new life never diminishes. At Newman Regional Health, every delivery is a special delivery. A comfortable, homelike birthing room allows for labor, delivery, and recovery to take place in the same room. These rooms are equipped with cable TV and WiFi so emailing your baby’s first picture, minutes after delivery, is possible using your own laptop. Cell phones may be used in the delivery rooms as well to text messages and pictures. Via Internet, your friends and family can even view the delivery live with the use of a webcam.
You can rest assured that while the setting is homelike, the medical equipment and care you will receive are state-of-the-art. We believe that the birth of a baby is a very personal experience. That’s why we offer options for delivery, positioning and comfort measures, anesthesia, and coaching support.
One of the first joys of parenting will be holding your baby. Infants are placed skin-to-skin immediately after delivery as recommended by the Kansas High 5 initiative. Cesarean section deliveries take place in Newman Regional Health’s delivery/operating room which is located near the other delivery rooms in the Women’s Life Center.
Our visitation schedules encourage family togetherness. Dad and other immediate family members may visit at any time. From 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. daily we observe a “quiet time” on the unit. We encourage moms and dads to rest during this time. Open visiting hours are at the mother’s discretion. For the protection of your newborn, all visitors must be free from communicable diseases.
Newman Regional Health is a High 5 Facility, a program encouraging the adoption of five evidence-based maternity care practices that support breastfeeding success. We are a Breastfeeding Welcome location from the Kansas Breastfeading Coalition, Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care, and a National Certified Gold Safe Sleep Champion.
Childbirth at Newman Regional Health
More than 40,000 babies have been brought into the world at Newman Regional Health’s Women’s Life Center. That’s more than 400 miracles of life each year! The Women’s Life Center features the LDR concept, where labor, delivery, and recovery all occur in private home-like birthing rooms.
Today, more than ever, the focus at Newman Regional Health is on the family. Birth is a very personal experience. The Women’s Life Center is designed to allow families the freedom to choose the birth experience most meaningful to them.
Parents enjoy the closeness and tremendous family bonding that occur during the earliest moments of life. After delivery, the nursing staff closely observes the mother and baby should complications arise. A lactation consultant is available for breastfeeding mothers who need assistance after delivery.
Breastfeeding products are available for sale or rent at Newman Medical Supply.
Becoming a Mom Prenatal Classes
Being pregnant and having a baby is a wonderful experience, yet it can be scary, too! Whether you are experiencing a pregnancy for the first time or the fourth time, each experience is different and can create new challenges and concerns. The more you can learn with each pregnancy, the better you will be able to care for yourself and your baby and the healthier you will both be.
- Learn everything about the Becoming a Mom Program: Click Here
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Labor and Delivery
As an expectant mother, you want the very best medical care to ensure that your baby is born healthy and that you stay strong enough to care for your newborn At Newman Regional Health we offer private rooms, the ideal setting during your special and very intimate time.
When you choose the Women’s Life Center at NRH, you’re choosing to give birth in a compassionate and comfortable environment. Our team of the most dedicated providers, certified nurse midwife, and nurses work together to deliver quality, attentive care for you and your baby.
Epidural Anesthesia for Labor
Epidural analgesia, sometimes called an epidural block, causes some loss of feeling in the lower areas of your body, yet you remain awake and alert. An epidural block may be given soon after your contractions start, or later as your labor progresses. An epidural block is given in the lower back into a small area (the epidural space) outside the spinal cord. You will be asked to sit with your back curved outward and to stay this way until the procedure is completed.
After the epidural needle is placed, a small tube (catheter) is inserted through it, and the needle is withdrawn. A continuous dose of medication can then be given through the tubing continuously and you will be given a button to self-administer extra doses. It is fine to lie on the catheter. It is soft and flexible. Although an epidural block will make you more comfortable, you still may be aware of your contractions. You can move when it is done, but you will not be allowed to walk around.
An epidural block with more or stronger medications can be used for a Cesarean delivery. In a sense the epidural can provide a margin of safety since the epidural can be “strengthened” quickly and safely in the setting of an unplanned Cesarean delivery. Patients with indwelling epidural catheters rarely require general anesthesia for their Cesarean section.
Out of all the options for pain control, epidurals provide the best and most reliable level of pain relief and patient satisfaction.
Anesthesia for Elective Cesarean Section
Cesarean births require anesthesia – either via an epidural, a combined spinal/epidural, or rarely, a general anesthetic. Your anesthesia provider will discuss the options available to you and remain with you throughout the surgery.
A spouse or support person is encouraged to be with you to participate in the birth experience. Any additional visitors present during the actual delivery must have prior approval from your physician and nurse. For your safety and privacy, please have all visitors use the waiting room and not wait in the hallways. The visiting policy will be adjusted based on current infection guidelines. We reserve the right to limit visitors under certain situations.
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to Covid-19 concerns, there have been several safety guidelines implemented for the programs conducted by the Women’s Life Center. Please call the Women’s Life Center for up to date information.
For more than 90 years, Newman Regional Health has helped bring babies into the world. For the staff of the Women’s Life Center, the miracle of new life never diminishes.
Mothers can enjoy ongoing support at the Parenting Center through the Weigh to Grow! class held Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings. We also offer prenatal classes to help prepare the mother for her upcoming birth experience.
Weigh to Grow! Mom’s Support Group
Weigh to Grow! is a support group for Moms whether they are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding their babies. Moms have a chance to weigh their babies and receive help with infant feeding. Come meet other new mothers with infants!
Support group times are on Tuesdays and Thursdays (excluding holidays):
Tuesday: 10 am – 12 pm
Thursday: 5 – 6:30 pm
The Parenting Center is located on the 4th floor of Newman Regional Health.
Personal Lactation Support
It sometimes takes infants and new mothers a little while to get used to breastfeeding. Experts in our Parenting Center provide personal lactation support to help you and your baby learn to work together to make sure nutritional goals are met – even after you go home. NRH employs International Board Certified Lactation Consultants: Gina Slayden, RN, IBCLC and Amanda Janzen, RN, IBCLC.
Gina Slayden, RN, IBCLC is available for private appointments or by attending our Breastfeeding Support Group. Gina can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (620) 343-6800 ext. 24477.
The NRH Breastfeeding Support Group meets Tuesdays from 10:00am – 12noon and Thursdays from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Stop by to see how your baby is growing, get breastfeeding support, or just talk with other moms.
Because hospitals play an important role in making the breastfeeding experience easier, Newman Regional Health is also a proud participant in “High 5 for Mom & Baby”, a program that aims to improve breastfeeding success in Kansas through hospital care that supports nursing moms and babies. We are proud to say our new moms have a very high breastfeeding rate of 90 percent.
Reliable sources for breastfeeding information:
- Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc
- Business Case for Breastfeeding
- High 5 for Mom & Baby
- La Leche League of Kansas: Video teaching hand expression of milk by the university of Stanford
- Kelly Mom, a website developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting.
Newman Regional Health Nursery
Newman Regional Health’s Nursery allows everyone to see your precious newborn baby for the first time and share the joy that your newborn baby brings. Newborns are listed on the WebNursery by first name and last initial only. Click on the logo below to view the babies!
Please note that baby announcements are posted about 10-14 days after Our 365 receives the film shipped from Newman Regional Health.
Newborn pictures are only posted if the parents have given written consent. If the baby you are looking for does not appear on the WebNursery, the baby’s parents should call Our 365 at (800) 433-0855.
Level II Nursery
The Level II Nursery is equipped to care for infants needing specialized care. Not only is the nursery for babies who need a little extra care, it is also for healthy babies of mothers who need some extra time to recover and rest after delivery. While no one likes to think about having problems with the birth of a child, it is reassuring to know that the staff of the Women’s Life Center is trained to respond to any unexpected emergency that may arise. Most infants who require specialized care remain near mother in our Intermediate Care (Level II) Nursery, which provides neonatal equipment and a specially trained staff to provide expert care around the clock for your baby.
When you and your baby are moved to the mother-baby unit, identification bands will be issued to you, your baby, and the baby’s father or support person. Someone with an identification band must be with the baby at all times. The baby may go to the nursery if no one with a band is available to stay with the baby. For safety and security reasons all hospital staff on the mother-baby unit are required to wear hospital ID badges. Your baby will wear a special ID band, which triggers an alarm if the baby is removed from the mother-baby area without authorization.
You are encouraged to keep your baby with you in your room. You and your baby are cared for as a pair, receiving your nursing care from the same nurse. This promotes educational opportunities along with open communication between you and your nurse.
Postpartum rooms include cordless phones, microwaves, and refrigerators. After delivery and a short recovery time, you will move to a private postpartum room. Our family-centered care is designed for the health, comfort, and enjoyment of your family. You may spend as much time with your baby as you choose, keeping your baby in your room 24 hours a day if you desire. Our nurses will help you learn about baby care, feeding, after delivery self-care, and other related topics. Snacks and beverages are available to you at any time. Every room is equipped with amenities including microwaves and refrigerators, all donated by the Newman Auxiliary. Twin-size sleeper sofas, donated by the Newman Regional Health Foundation, in all postpartum rooms give new dads or other family members a place to rest and stay overnight while staying with mom and child.
During your time with us, we want your attention to be focused on bonding with your baby. Rest assured, the Women’s Life Center provides advanced security system for the safety of your newborn.
You are encouraged to keep your baby with you in your room. You and your baby are cared for as a pair, receiving your nursing care from the same nurse. This promotes educational opportunities along with open communication between you and your nurse.
Baby & Me Tobacco Free
BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and post-partum population.
Safe Sleep for Infants
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