News and Events

National Safety Month-Part 1: Water Safety Tips

NCH staff participate in the 3rd Annual Competency Days at NCH


New Physician Joins the Rawhide Rural Health Clinic

Mr. Gary Poquette, CEO and the Board of Trustees of the Niobrara Community Hospital are pleased to announce that Joleen E. Falkenburg, MD will be joining the Rawhide Rural Health Clinic as a full-time Family Medicine physician. Dr. Falkenburg will begin practicing in Lusk starting mid-September 2014.

The Doctor will see you now!  
Dr. Joleen Falkenburg with her first patient at NCH, Mrs. Ria Engebretsen.  

Dr. Falkenburg comes to Lusk after an 8-year career in Custer South Dakota at the Custer Regional Hospital and Custer Clinic. Dr. Falkenburg attended the University Of South Dakota School Of Medicine and completed her residency at Rapid City Regional Medical center in 2006. She brings knowledge of rural medicine and what it takes to serve Niobrara County’s population. Dr. Falkenburg’s family ranches north of Harrison and she is looking forward to the opportunity to grow her own practice in a rural community so close to her home.




Friday August 22, 2014 the Lusk Ambulance, Lusk Police Department, Lusk Fire Department and Niobrara County Sheriff’s department were busy on the scene.

Not the scene of a crime or accident but at the scene ofthe First Annual Safe Kids Safe Community event held by the Niobrara Community Hospital Trauma Committee. Over 200 individuals visited the West parking lot of NCH to learn about the emergency services available in Niobrara County and how to keep our kids safe and healthy. Other vendors represented at the event included Big Country Rehabilitation, Airlink services, Lusk EMS, Safe Kids of Wyoming and NCH. Participants had the opportunity to try on fire fighting gear, walk through a decontamination tent, tour an ambulance, learn about bike and seat belt safety and do physical therapy exercises. The NCH Trauma Committee sponsored and coordinated the event and donated door prizes and smoke detectors. Kids that attended were given a “Passport to Safety” with a prize at the end for visiting every station.NCH Trauma Coordinator Jennifer Arnold and Director of Nursing Brenda VanDewater manned the entrance booth to ensure all attendees had the opportunity to register for door prizes and learn about what the NCH Trauma Committee does.“I am just so excited to be able to begin working with the community and letting them know that we are not just here for healthcare but as a safety and health resource.” said Brenda VanDewater. NCH’s plans for future events include coordinating with the Niobrara Health Fair Committee and local schools to continue to educate and, hopefully, inspire kids and adults alike to be aware and proactive about safety in our community.


Musical Hands Youth Group Visits Niobrara Health & Life Center Extended Care Facility Residents

On December 9th Tracianne Zerbe's "Musical Hands" youth group visited the NCH ECF.  Musical hands is a youth sign language group taught and conducted by Tracianne Zerbe. The participants range in age from 6 to 16. Thank you so much for visiting NCH!


Electronic Medical Records and Financial System Implementation

NCH is in the process of implementing an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) System from CPSI. CPSI is a leading provider of healthcare information solutions for community hospitals, with more than 650 client hospitals in 47 states. CPSI EMR is certified as a complete electronic health record system.

We have already implemented CPSI’s Financial Systems solution which integrates seamlessly with CPSI EMR.

The new EMR system will connect all departments to bring together secure (HIPPA compliant) patient data in a way that will allow the hospital (and clinic) to achieve greater efficiency in operations, as well as providing a higher level of patient care to the community. The system includes integrated patient safety features to help ensure that medications, tests and therapies are administered accurately. Advanced, wireless point-of-care capabilities will bring the latest available information from other departments right to the patient’s bedside. Real-time patient care information will be available to caregivers regardless of whether the caregiver is in the hospital, clinic or on call.


Annual Staff Competency Verification Program

NCH conducted an annual staff competency verification program November 5th and 6th, 2013. Each department identified several key competencies for their staff. The purpose of the program was to get as many required skill verifications completed during these 2 days as possible. The programs included, but were not limited to:

  • Oxygen and Fire Safety
  • Hospital Safety Codes
  • CPR Recertification
  • Point of Care Testing
  • IV Skills
  • Phlebotomy and Blood Transfusion
  • Hand Washing and Blood Borne Pathogens


Niobrara County Hospital District Auxiliary

The purpose of the Auxiliary is to render service to NCH and its patients. Membership is open to anyone that is interested.

The Auxiliary is an outstanding benefactor for NCH and hosts many fundraising events throughout the year; such as, luncheon’s and book sales twice a year, the Christmas Bazaar and the Christmas Greens sale.

Contact NCH at 307-334-4000 extension 225 for more information about the Auxiliary.


New Professionals at NCH

Please welcome Lisa Willard, CNA; Terri Mohror, RN; Jennifer Arnold, RN; and Nancy Haley, RN.