Centered Around You
At Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, we are focused on delivering the quality patient care you have come to rely on. As a full-service critical access hospital serving patients in and around Larned, Kansas, our team of trained physicians, nurses and other professionals are committed to putting patients first and working collaboratively to provide the best care possible to you and your loved ones, right here in your local community. From family medicine to post-surgical care, we provide all the care needed for a happy, healthy life.
Among our ever-expanding list of services available at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, we provide compassionate, personalized and expert care in the following areas:
- Family Medicine
- Acute and skilled nursing
- Cardiac and pulmonary rehab
- Emergency care
- High-complexity laboratory services
- Imaging, including CT, MRI, and Digital Mammography
- Operating room procedures
- Pain Clinic
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy
- PICC line placement
- Respiratory therapy
- Sleep center
- Specialized nursing services
- Wound care
With a common mission, vision and set of values that guides everything we do, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital is focused on caring for our community – and everything we do is centered around you.
Our Mission: To improve the quality of life for the communities we serve through exceptional healthcare and service excellence
Our Vision: To be the best critical access hospital in rural America
Taking responsibility for our actions
and resources entrusted to us
Willingness to envision and explore new
approaches to improving quality of life for all persons
Encompassing honesty, ethics and doing the
right thing for the right reasons
Commitment to providing top-tier service
and compassionate care
Sustaining commitment to working together
Dedication to successful business practices
We invite you to experience our brand of hometown healthcare – and learn more about how we are leading rural health in our local community, always.
Leading Rural Health
As a HaysMed partner, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital collaborates closely with the specialists available at nearby HaysMed. Whether through our HaysMed Specialty Clinic in Larned, or through referral to specialty services available on the HaysMed campus, everything you might require for all your health needs is closeby and accessible.
As a member of the Northwest Kansas Alliance, a group of critical access hospitals across the region, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital is part of an evolving model of rural healthcare that will be sustainable for generations to come. Your health is very important to us, and we’re giving you every reason to choose Pawnee Valley Community Hospital for your local medical needs in Pawnee County, Kansas.
Our goal is to keep your healthcare local by bringing all the best in healthcare home to you – right here where you need us.
Awards and Accreditation
Excellence in care is something you can immediately recognize when you experience it, but accreditation and awards help to highlight where exceptional care can be found. We have a long history of licensure and accreditation, along with awards, that help to assure you that high-quality healthcare is what you will find at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. We bring our best to everything we do because caring for you is where we have always sought to excel.
Our most recent awards and certification include:
- United Way Pacesetter Award
- Mammo Accreditation (American College of Radiology)
- Pharmacy Inspection (Kansas Board of Pharmacy)
- Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) License
- Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Licensure/Accreditation
- Life Safety Certification
- Sleep Lab Accreditation (American Academy of Sleep Medicine)
- VA Choice Provider Site
Our Administrative Team
A Message from Our Administrator:
With our commitment to your long-term health and wellness, we continue to lead rural health in our local community – always. From providing convenient primary care to ensuring advanced specialty care through our HaysMed partnership, all of us at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital are focused on providing the highest quality, most comprehensive, local healthcare. As we work together for a healthier community, everything we do is centered around you.
With personalized care that is second to none, we’re giving you every reason to choose Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. As part of our mission to be the best critical access hospital in rural America, we continue to increase access and improve services. With our vision for the future and your ongoing support of our mission, we will only strengthen our role as rural health leaders for generations to come.
Our partners, all of them, are the people who make Larned and our surrounding communities an amazing place to live, work and grow. Whether you are a patient, physician, provider, associate, donor, leader, volunteer or friend of Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, we are guided by our enduring commitment to you – and to everyone that makes up this great community.
Melanie Urban, Administrator
Pawnee Valley Community Hospital
Our Administrative Team
Melanie Urban, BSN, RN, serves as Administrator of Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. She has over 30 years of healthcare experience in administration, risk management, accreditation, quality, infection prevention, associate health, case management, and nursing. Melanie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fort Hays State University in 1993.
Melanie serves on numerous community organizations in Larned, including the Lions Club and Local Emergency Planning Committee. She is a past president of the Kansas Association of Risk and Quality Management. Melanie is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Director of Human Resources
Leonard Herrman serves as Director of Human Resources for Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. He is responsible for administrative support and oversees Human Resource programs, including recruitment, onboarding, performance management, benefits, and safety. Leonard is passionate about solving problems and helping people advance in their careers.
Previously, Leonard served as Director of Human Resources at the Larned State Hospital and has 30+ years of military and police officer experience.
Leonard received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Baker University and a Master of Public Administration from Wichita State University. He serves as the Larned Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Chief and Larned Area Chamber Ambassadors member.
Director of Nursing
Cindy Burton, RN, serves as Director of Nursing at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. She comes to PVCH with vast experience in nursing leadership. Cindy has been at PVCH for three years and is responsible for all aspects of nursing care at the hospital, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services. She also works with pastoral care services and materials management. She is passionate about providing great quality care for all the patients served throughout PVCH.
Cindy graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1987. She serves on the Nursing Advisory Board at Barton County Community College, and has served many roles in nursing throughout her 35 years as a Registered Nurse.
Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Family Medicine Office Manager
Jewel Davis serves as Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Family Medicine Office Manager. She comes to PVCH with 24 years of experience in business accounting, human resources, and office management. She is motivated and experienced in various high-level personnel management and corporate scenarios, contributing to smooth and productive operations.
Jewel has been at PVCH for two years and is responsible for administrative support as she oversees the clinic’s daily operations. She is also the liaison between patients, their families, and additional care staff. Jewel is passionate about providing the best patient experience with the highest level of patient care.
Jewel graduated from Pratt Community College with a Business Management degree. She is a Larned-area native and serves on the Medical Assistant Advisory Board at Barton County Community College.
Code of Conduct
At Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, we are committed to excellence at every level. The Corporate Ethics and Compliance Program for Pawnee Valley Community Hospital is comprised of policies, procedures, and processes that put into practice our Board of Directors’ commitment to conduct all operations in a manner consistent with all applicable legal requirements and the highest ethical standards.
As part of this Program, the Board of Directors has adopted this Code of Conduct to provide standards by which our Associates shall conduct themselves to protect and promote organization-wide integrity and enhance Pawnee Valley Community Hospital’s ability to achieve its mission.
Assessing Our Community Health Needs
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act set forth requirements that hospitals perform a Community Health Needs assessment every 3 years to determine health needs of the community. The needs assessment is a primary tool used to determine our community benefit plan, which outlines how we will give back to the community in the form of health care and other community services to address unmet community health needs. These reports each present a summary that highlights the data findings, and presents key needs and opportunities for action.
Community Health Needs Assessments
Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Auxilary
The Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary is comprised of over 100 committed community volunteers of all ages, genders, and walks of life. The Auxiliary not only keeps the public up-to-date on the needs of the hospital, patients and medical staff, but also helps the hospital carry out special programs designed to enhance the wellbeing of our community.
The Auxiliary shares in the humanitarian work of the hospital by providing financial aid to special hospital projects through their fundraising efforts. This dedicated group of men and women give their time and talents for the benefit of their friends, family and neighbors in this community.
Pawnee Valley Community Hospital has one of the most active auxiliary groups in the state of Kansas. Its Auxiliary actively participates in the following projects:
Angel Tree Project – This project collects donations of clothing and toys for children at Christmas.
Healthcare Appreciation –In September, snack trays are taken to doctors, EMS, fire departments, etc. to thank them for their service to the community.
Employee Appreciation Day – Auxiliary members provide special treats for all PVCH employees annually.
Equipment & Furnishings – Through its fundraisers, the Auxiliary has provided several pieces of equipment for the hospital, including recliners, wheelchairs, defibrillators, thermometers, whiteboards, and wall clocks. They also have provided funding for a Lab Analyzer, two Sure System units for environmental services, and the Healing Garden.
Gift Shop – The Auxiliary operates the hospital gift shop as a service to the staff and public.
Sixth Grade Health Fair – This event is held to provide information about healthcare, hygiene, peer pressure and making good choices. They work closely with the schools and the community to provide these educational resources for sixth graders.
Luminaries – One of the largest fundraisers of the year, Luminaries light the front lawn of the hospital throughout the month of December in remembrance and in honor of family and friends.
Nursing Scholarships – Four nursing scholarships are given annually for $500 each.
Diagnostic Imaging Escort – For mammogram patients, PVCH auxiliary members provide an escort to the mobile unit.
Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation
The Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation was formed in 2012 and is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to advance quality healthcare in Pawnee County. The Foundation, in partnership with their donors, seeks to meet both immediate and long-range healthcare needs in Pawnee County.
The Foundation is guided by a group of local Trustees who have been selected for their leadership roles in the community, along with their vision for the success of the Foundation. Each Trustee understands the value of quality healthcare for the citizens of Pawnee County and knows the importance of staying on top of advancing healthcare.
From our Healing Garden and Legacy Tree to our state-of-the-art 3D mammography capabilities, 64-slice CT scanner and wide bore, short-tube 1.5 Tesla MRI technology, the Foundation has invested resources to provide exceptional care, technology and necessary resources to our hospital and community.