Health care needs in the Johnson County community are served by several public agencies as well as private health care, dental and eye care providers.

Hospital Services

Among the public agencies serving the county is the Western Missouri Medical Center, an acute care facility, 403 Burkarth Road, Warrensburg. The nonprofit hospital provides emergency care, inpatient and outpatient, and rehabilitation services.

An elected board of five members, who serve five-year terms, determines policy and directs administrative staff in carrying out the policies. The board consists of Chairwoman Rita White, Vice Chairman Liz Fatka, Secretary Larry Purcell, Treasurer Dr. Patty Denney and the immediate past president is Greg Hassler.

Darinda Reberry is the chief executive officer. The board meets on the last Friday of each month at the hospital.

Inpatient services include an obstetrics department, medical and surgical nursing units, intensive care unit, telemetry unit and respiratory therapy.

Inpatient care is provided by a team of hospitalists, internal medical specialists who cover for local physicians on a daily basis.

Outpatient services include cardiac rehabilitation, cardiology, diabetes treatment and management, diagnostic imaging, oncology, laboratory services, neurology, pain center, physical and occupational therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, rheumatology, sleep laboratory, outpatient surgery, urology, pediatric, nephrology and wound care.

The hospital has specialists in general, bariatric and orthopedic surgery; cardiology; emergency medicine; oncology; internal medicine; neurology; obstetrics and gynecology; pain management; pathology; pulmonology; pediatrics; rheumatology; sleep medicine; sports medicine; urology and wound care.

The facility provides off-site services through two family practice clinics, Western Missouri Family Healthcare in Holden and Knob Noster; an orthopedic practice, Western Missouri Bone & Joint; Building Blocks Pediatrics and an internal medicine and pulmonology clinic at Western Missouri Internal Medicine. Central Family Medicine will be the third family practice clinic joining the hospital this year. A second internal medicine practice expands services to patients. The Express Care clinic in the Innes I building on the hospital campus provides immediate care for patients with low-level ailments who are unable to get a doctor’s appointment.

For details, call (660) 747-2500 or visit www.wmmc.com.

Public Health Johnson County Community Health Services, 723 PCA Road, established in 1975, is a county-owned, public health agency that provides home health, public health and hospice services to county residents.

The elected board consists of Chairman Alex Wales, Secretary Corky Burgin, Treasurer Kay Stauffer, members Gaynal Taylor and Rick Edwards. The board meets at 10 a.m. every fourth Thursday at the agency. The director is Anthony Arton.

The public health function focuses on preventing disease and injury by promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Services offered include immunizations; health screenings; testing for sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis; pregnancy tests; health education; CPR/AED and First Aid classes; child care provider support; car seat safety; lead testing; and animal bite case management.

The agency also serves as the local registrar for birth and death records and operates the Women, Infants and Children supplemental food program.

Environmental Public Health includes services and resources relating to sanitation and safety inspections of food establishments, child care facilities and lodging establishments. The agency offers free food safety training classes for food handlers and managers. Training covers all aspects of safe food handling. The ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Course and Examination, a nationally accredited course, is required by many restaurants for those in manager positions.

The agency administers regulations for the design, construction and major modification of all on-site wastewater treatment systems to protect and promote public health and to prevent the entrance and emergence of infectious, contagious, communicable or dangerous diseases, and offers technical assistance for all environmental public health concerns.

Home health care provides nursing assistance to home-bound people recovering from surgery or those who have conditions requiring regular medical care so they can remain at home. The agency has credentialed and trained teams of nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, certified nurse aides and a medical social worker who work with physicians to develop a personalized home health plan. Hospice care for terminally ill patients focuses on meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families. A trained team of nurses, physicians, medical director, nurse aides, social worker, chaplain and volunteers provide compassionate end-of-life care with a focus on managing pain and symptoms.

The agency collaborates with other agencies and groups to address health care needs in the community and improve the quality of life for area residents.

For more information, call (660) 747-6121 or visit www.Johnsoncountyhealth.org.

Ambulance Service

The Johnson County Ambulance District is a tax-supported entity formed in 2002 to provide emergency medical services and ambulance transport in the county.

The district is governed by a board of directors elected from six sub-districts in the county. Board members are Chairman Ray Patrick, Secretary Mary Kidd and Mike Wakeman, Violet Corbett, Alice Greife and Juanita Moore.

The board meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at district headquarters.

The district has grown to five ambulance houses located around the county to provide faster service to people experiencing medical emergencies.

Two ambulance houses are in Warrensburg, including the headquarters at 263 S.E. Business 13. Other houses are in Holden, Knob Noster and Pittsville in western Johnson County.

Ambulances are staffed by licensed emergency medical technicians and paramedics under the supervision of a medical director.

Chief Shane Lockard is in charge of the day-to-day district operations with the assistance of an operation and training division chief and battalion chiefs who supervise three shifts of ambulance personnel daily.

The agency also provides a variety of training courses for district staff and personnel from outside agencies. Courses include basic EMT training and refresher training, first aid, CPR, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support.

To contact the agency, call (660) 747-5735 or visit jocoamb.com.

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