Visitation Restrictions Implemented At Mitchell County Hospital

Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems continues to monitor the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic brings to our community. With the recent increase in numbers in Mitchell County, MCHHS will be restricting all visitors to help contain the spread of the virus into our facility. This visitation restriction will begin Saturday, July 11th and will be re-evaluated in one month. MCHHS encourages family members to utilize FaceTime, Skype, Zoom or phone to connect with your loved ones during this time.

“We understand this is a difficult time for everyone involved, but these restrictions are vital to our efforts to help prevent the spread of the virus to our patients and residents,” stated Jeremy Armstrong, CEO.

Please remember, it is important that you call the ER department prior to arrival for all non-emergent issues. Call first, 785-738-9348. This will help ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to take measures to protect the most vulnerable population during the ongoing changes with this pandemic. Together, as a community, we can help minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Please visit our website at to stay informed on the processes we have in place to maximize the safety of our patients, residents and staff. We appreciate your patience as we strive to provide quality healthcare close to home.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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