Allergy and Asthma
We help and support the wide range of those who suffer from allergies, asthma, and disorders related to the immune system. From managing gastrointestinal disorders due to food, to asthma-related breathing issues, to diseases associated with autoimmune issues and everything in between, we’re here to help you live a full and health-filled life.
Kearney Regional Medical Center is proud to partner with Sonno Anesthesia for anesthesia needs.
The integrated team of Anesthesiologists and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) seek to provide you with the best surgical experience with adequate pain control, management of side effects, and education you need to feel at ease and return home with the best outcome.
Angiography is a test that’s used after someone has experienced anything from chest pain to mini-stroke symptoms. It’s a test where dyes and x-rays help practitioners look at blood vessels, arteries, and veins. The resulting pictures are called angiograms. Angiograms are used to diagnose narrowing, blockages, or bulging and ballooning in vessels anywhere in the body, from head to toe, including:
- The arteries feeding the heart muscle
- The arteries going to the brain
- The arteries feeding the arms and legs
- The arteries feeding the kidneys
- All of the vessels going to and coming from the lungs
If a doctor has requested you receive an angiography, our experienced practitioners will make sure you’re as comfortable as possible.
BCBS Total Knee and Hip Replacement
Kearney Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a Preferred Center for total knee and hip replacement surgeries.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will waive deductible and coinsurance* for inpatient surgical facility charges for eligible members who receive their total knee or hip replacement at Kearney Regional Medical Center.
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, helps people with extreme obesity to lose weight. It may be an option if you cannot lose weight through diet and exercise or have serious health problems caused by obesity.
There are different types of weight loss surgery but the most common often limits the amount of food you can take in. Some types of surgery also affect how you digest food and absorb nutrients. All types have risks and complications, such as infections, hernias, and blood clots. Many people who have the surgery lose weight quickly, but regain some weight later on. If you follow diet and exercise recommendations, you can keep most of the weight off. Medical follow-up is also very important.
You’ll see a cardiologist if you need any help with your heart and blood vessel health. We’re proud to have Platte Valley Medical Clinic on site to serve you with their team of excellent cardiologists. They’ll work with you to find, treat and prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
From fast treatment during a cardiac emergency to helping you manage your heart health for a lifetime, the experienced team at Platte Valley Cardiology is prepared to serve you.
- Invasive Cardiology
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Echo Vascular Services
- Heart Rhythm Management
- Heart Failure Clinic
- Anticoagulation Clinic
- Life Vest
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Venous Ablations
A cardiothoracic surgeon is a specialist who operates on the heart, lungs and other thoracic (chest) organs. As well as performing surgery, they also diagnose and treat diseases of these organs.
Care Coordination at KRMC is a patient-family-centered, team-based model designed to help patients and their support system navigate the ever-evolving healthcare system.
KRMC Care Coordination strives to facilitate efficient patient-centered transition of care while in the hospital and proper transition after hospitalization. Our team has 52 years of combined nursing experience, 31 years of social work experience, and additional experience in psychology, criminal justice, health science and healthcare management.
Chronic Disease Management
Through regular check-ups, screenings, education and coordinated treatment, we hope to help those with chronic diseases minimize discomfort and prevent any adverse long-term effects. Our goal is to improve quality of life and bring daily hope to those who are living with a chronic disease.
Dental Surgery/Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS or OMS) specializes in surgery of the face, mouth, and jaws. We’re proud to partner with surgeons from the Kearney community to bring you the best in oral and maxillofacial care.
Diabetes Management and Counseling
We’re here to help you live your best life in spite of diabetes. Through education and support, checkups, treatment, eating & exercise strategies, and one-on-one counseling, we’ll work with you to prevent complications, manage your blood sugar, and keep you as active and healthy as possible.
Diagnostic radiology refers to non-invasive imaging scans to diagnosis. Tests and equipment used sometimes involves low doses of radiation to create highly-detailed images for physicians to read.
Examples of diagnostic radiology include:
- Computed Tomography (CT) Scans
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scans
- Nuclear Medicine Scans
- Radiography (X-rays)
ERCP is a procedure that allows your doctor to observe the pancreatic and bile ducts and is used to diagnose diseases of the gallbladder, biliary system, pancreas, and liver. The procedure combines endoscopy and x-rays to get a clear picture of the bile and pancreatic ducts.
ERCP Patient Procedure
Ear, Nose and Throat
Our ear, nose, and throat physicians are trained in a wide range of specialties involving the head and neck. Just a few things they diagnose, manage, and treat are:
- Hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, and tinnitus
- Facial and cranial nerve disorders
- Congenital disorders of the outer and inner ear
- Allergies, sinusitis, smell disorders, polyps, nasal obstruction, and rhinoplasty surgery
- Diseases of the larynx (voice box) and esophagus
- Voice and swallowing disorders
- Benign and malignant tumors, facial trauma, and facial deformities
At KRMC, we’re able to test and monitor for epilepsy and other brain disorders through electroencephalograms (EEG). For an EEG, small, metal discs called electrodes are attached to the scalp and detect electrical impulses that are active all the time. The activity shows up as wavy lines on an EEG recording and helps doctors to diagnose and treat any abnormalities.
In addition to our robust team of cardiologists, we also offer electrophysiology services. This test studies the electrical activity of your heart to find where an arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) is coming from. These results can help you and your doctor decide whether you need medicine, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation, or surgery.
Our Emergency Services team is specially trained to treat all your emergent and critical needs conveniently in our Emergency Room 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We provide you with little-to-no wait time, while caring for you with the highest level of emergency care, day or night.
We are part of the Advanced UNMC Telestroke program®, and a Certified Primary Stroke Center, which means we can quickly and accurately treat strokes where time is of the essence.
We work with many Emergency Medical Service providers and hospitals throughout Nebraska and Northern Kansas. If you are in need of emergency transport, your EMS crew may ask where you’d like to go. Just say, “Take me to Kearney Regional” and you’ll experience the highest emergency care within minutes!
Endoscopy is a useful, minimally invasive procedure performed by doctors to see inside of your body. It involves the insertion of a long, thin tube with a powerful light and a tiny camera into the body to observe an internal organ or tissue in detail.
Doctors use it to observe the following:
- Urinary tract
Endovascular Medicine (Blood Vessels)
Endovascular treatments are an innovative, less invasive procedure used to treat problems affecting the blood vessels.
If you experience peripheral arterial disease (a common type of vascular problem in the leg, aorta or carotid) or any other problems with blood vessels, you’ll work with an endovascular specialist.
Through regular check-ups, screenings, education, and coordinated treatment, we hope to help those with chronic diseases minimize discomfort and prevent any adverse long-term effects. Our goal is to improve quality of life and bring daily hope to those who are living with a chronic disease.
Services offered at Platte Valley Medical Clinic:
- Acute and chronic condition care
- Allergy and asthma treatment
- Baby, child and adolescent (teen) care, including well-child visits
- Depression screening and care
- Ear, nose and throat conditions
- Family planning and pregnancy support
- Heart disease prevention education
- Management of heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma and other chronic conditions
- Men’s and women’s health services
- Nutritional counseling
- Pain management
- Preventative care
- Referrals to specialists when needed
- School, camp and sports physicals
- Sleep medicine and support
- Stitches and related care for minor wounds, sprains, injuries and fractures
- Treatment of common illnesses, such as colds and flu
- Vaccinations and immunizations
- Vascular Care
- Weight management
- Wellness exams and care for all ages
You’ll work with a gastroenterologist if you have any questions or concerns with digestive organs. The most common problems that gastroenterologists help overcome are colon polyps and cancer, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, nutritional problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and pancreatitis.
You’ll be seen by a general surgeon if you have a condition that doesn’t require a specialist. General surgeons cover a broad spectrum of diseases and will work with you to diagnose, treat, and manage your health. Sometimes you may see a general surgeon and not even need surgery.
However, if you do need non-specialized surgery, you’ll work with a general surgeon for the entire process including preoperative, operative, and postoperative. If you ever need emergency surgical treatment, you may also be under the care of a general surgeon.
Our geriatric care specialists help the elderly experience healthy aging. Through diagnosing, managing, and treating illness or chronic conditions in the context of the aging body, our physicians aim to achieve their patient’s highest priorities and quality of life.
We partner with local gynecologists to provide you with the best in women’s care. You’ll use KRMC’s gynecological services if you ever need treatment for problems and diseases of the female reproductive system such as breast and hormonal problems, urinary tract and pelvic disorders, and cancer of the cervix.
- Physical Exams
- Menstrual Disorders
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Minimally Invasive Surgery including Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgery
- Prolapse Surgery
- Gynecology Cancers
- Infertility Treatment
A hematologist is an internal medicine doctor who specializes in disorders relating to blood. They’re able to diagnose and treat both adults and children and are also trained in pathology, which is the branch of medicine that examines body tissues and blood. If you ever have anemia, blood clots, sickle cell disease, or other types of blood disorders, you’ll work with one of our highly experienced hematologists.
Being in a hospital can be a stressful experience. To help ease any stress, anxiety, or difficulty, we have a team of hospitalists, physicians trained to treat patients in the hospital, to make sure you are getting the care you need.
Our physicians will care for you round the clock by consulting and collaborating with any specialists you may have, communicate with you and your family members, and make sure your discharge is smooth and expedient.
Immunizations and Vaccinations
Vaccines work with your body to reduce your risk of life-threatening illnesses. Through vaccination and immunization, people of all ages now live longer, healthier lives. At Platte Valley Medical Clinic and KRMC, we provide the vaccines you and your family need to avoid both serious illness and the yearly flu.
For those who have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or kidney failure, we’re able help with routine inpatient dialysis treatments to ensure that their blood is filtered properly. Dialysis takes over the function of the kidneys by filtering the blood through a machine and pumping it back into the bloodstream. We do everything we can to ensure a comfortable and safe process.
Intensive Care (ICU)
If you or a family member are experiencing intensive care, you’ll be under the care of a coordinated team led by a critical care specialist (sometimes referred to as an intensivist).
Your critical care specialist will be highly capable in a broad range of conditions as well as the procedures or devices that may be needed to provide you the absolute best care. Our critical care specialists will also help you and those closest to you with any difficult decisions that tend to arise in critical care or intensive care unit situations.
Our care team is here to ensure high-quality, state-of-the-art care for you or your loved one.
Internal medicine doctors specialize in caring for adults of all ages. You’ll see an internist for any preventative care, complex or difficult-to-diagnose conditions, or to treat chronic illness.
We’re proud to have Platte Valley Medical Clinic on-site to provide you with the best possible care for your internist needs. Platte Valley Medical Clinic has been providing excellent care to Central Nebraska, Northern Kansas, and beyond for over 60 years.
Internal Medicine Services:
- Chronic Disease Management
- Diabetes Management
- Diagnosis and treatment of common medical conditions and injuries
- Disease Prevention Guidance
- Geriatric Care
- Heart Disease prevention and care
- High cholesterol management
- Hospital care and hospital follow-up visits
- Well-woman exams, family planning and general reproductive health
- Wellness exams for men
Interventional cardiology deals specifically with catheter-based cardiology treatments as well as the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease, vascular disease and acquired structural heart disease. We’re proud to have Platte Valley Medical Clinic and their excellent team of cardiologists on site to bring you the best in interventional cardiology care.
“Interventional Radiology” (IR) refers to a range of techniques which rely on the use of radiological image guidance (X-ray fluoroscopy, ultrasound, computed tomography [CT] or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]) to precisely target therapy.
Interventional radiologists both interpret imagery as well as perform the minimally invasive surgical procedures, usually as an alternative to open and laparoscopic surgery. There’s hardly any area of hospital medicine where IR has not had some impact on patients and their success.
Our skilled laboratory professionals are equipped to perform tests on clinical specimens and analyze the results to help your doctor make accurate diagnoses. We’re also able to conduct lab draws for work and health screenings.
The staff at KRMC encourage every opportunity for parent-infant interaction and support early breastfeeding. Our board-certified lactation consultant is on-site and available for inpatient and outpatient visits, as well as consultation after you leave the hospital.
Victoria Molina, M.S., IBCLC, CPST
Kearney Regional Medical Center
The Breast Imaging Department medical staff has expertise in both benign and malignant breast diseases. The technical staff is certified by the national American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT) both in radiology and mammography.
3-D Breast Tomosynthesis is a state-of-the-art technology that produces three-dimensional mammograms and is available at Kearney Regional. The technology, which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, uses X-ray imaging and high-powered computing to produce three-dimensional mammograms that provide more detailed views of breast tissue layers than conventional breast imaging.
Digital mammography is the most technologically advanced equipment available for the early detection of breast abnormalities. Early detection provides the best chance to treat breast cancer successfully. With the use of digital technology, screening mammograms can now be performed within 10 to 12 minutes. Images are obtained and stored electronically, thereby allowing them to be viewed at any location. Electronic storage eliminates lost films.
Women’s imaging services:
- Full-Field Digital Mammography
- Breast Ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Stereotactic Biopsy
- Screening Mammogram
- Diagnostic Mammogram
- Breast Ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
- Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy
- Fine Needle Aspiration (cyst)
- Pre-surgical Needle-Wire Localization
- Galactogram (Ductogram)
- Drainage Procedures
Welcome your little one to the world in the care and comfort of our attentive, highly-skilled staff. You’ll experience:
- An intimate and soothing environment with private suites.
- 24-hour care by doctors and nurses
- The best in care for your newborn
- Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- The region’s most advanced technology
- On-site lactation services
Learn more about our maternity services
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
We’re here to give your baby the best possible start in life. If your baby needs extra care, our Level II: Advanced Newborn Care neonatal intensive care unit has private rooms for you to bond with your baby while receiving optimum care with state-of-the-art technology. Not only will you experience a close knit team of nurses who care about you and your baby’s health, but you’ll also have a team of doctors focused on your success.
Our neonatal intensive care unit is specially designed to treat babies born at 32 weeks or older who may need specialized care.
If you have any issues with your kidneys, you’ll see one of our highly experienced nephrologists. Nephrologists are educated in internal medicine and then undergo more training to specialize in treating patients with kidney diseases. They commonly treat chronic kidney disease (CKD), polycystic kidney disease (PKD), acute renal failure, kidney stones, high blood pressure, and all aspects of kidney transplantation and dialysis.
You’ll see one of our neurologists if you are experiencing issues with your nervous system. The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates body activities. It has two major divisions:
- Central nervous system: the brain and spinal cord
- Peripheral nervous system: all other neural elements, such as eyes, ears, skin, and other “sensory receptors”
A doctor who specializes in neurology is called a neurologist. The neurologist treats disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, such as:
- Cerebrovascular disease, such as stroke
- Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis
- Headache disorders
- Infections of the brain and peripheral nervous system
- Movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease
- Neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Seizure disorders, such as epilepsy
- Spinal cord disorders
- Speech and language disorders
Neurologists do not perform surgery. If surgery is required, they will connect you with a neurosurgeon.
Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, or radiopharmaceuticals, to examine and treat diseases in a safe and painless way. It’s a great way to learn more about your body without having to have surgery or perform other more expensive or invasive diagnostic tests.
If you ever need eye surgery, we partner with local ophthalmologists to make sure you experience the best possible results.
The only facility outside of Lincoln and Omaha to be named a Preferred Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield for Total Joints; come see the Orthopedic Specialists at Kearney Regional Medical Center.
Orthopedic and Spine Surgery
We provide award-winning, comprehensive orthopedic and spine services to get you back on your feet.
The orthopedic and spine department at Kearney Regional Medical Center is proud to be:
Our orthopedic and spine physicians offer services to our patients in Kearney and also to those in the surrounding mid-Nebraska area.
Pain is unique to each person. We work with our patients to find the right management solution that brings them the highest quality of life. We partner with local pain management doctors to bring relief close to home.
A pathologist examines bodies and body tissues and performs lab tests. A pathologist helps other health care providers reach diagnoses and is an important member of the treatment team.
For young ones that have any surgical dentistry procedures, Kearney Regional is proud to partner with Kearney Pediatric Dentistry of Kearney, NE.
The Kearney Pediatric Dentistry office provides a unique family dental experience that is comfortable, friendly, fun, safe and effective. They are professionally staffed and strive to combine just the right mix of personal care, new technology and continuing education.
Pediatricians provide quality health and medical care to infants and children up to 18. In addition to caring for acute and chronically ill children, they also manage and monitor the general health and well-being of the children under their care at every stage of development.
We partner Family Physical Therapy to bring you the best in inpatient and outpatient physical therapy services. Their team of licensed and trained therapists will provide in-depth evaluations and therapeutic plans to improve, develop, correct, rehabilitate, and even prevent the worsening of physical functions that may have been lost, impaired, or reduced as a result of acute or chronic medical conditions or injuries.
At Platte Valley Medical Clinic, we provide physicals for all stages of life. Whether sports, school, camp, or work-related, we can get you the assessment you need.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Kearney Regional is proud to partner with Dr. Joel Atchison with Central Plains Aesthetic Surgery in Kearney, Nebraska. Dr. Atchison has been serving the Kearney, Nebraska area in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery for almost 20 years and has an impressive track record across all of central Nebraska.
Reconstructive surgery is performed to treat structures of the body affected aesthetically or functionally by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally done to improve function and ability, but may also be performed to achieve a more typical appearance of the affected structure. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic plastic surgery includes surgical and nonsurgical procedures that enhance and reshape structures of the body to improve appearance and confidence. Healthy individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations are appropriate candidates for cosmetic procedures. Plastic surgery is a personal choice and should be done for yourself, not to meet someone else’s expectations or to try to fit an ideal image. Because it is elective, cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance.
Dr. Scot Bandel, DPM, specializes in comprehensive surgeries and innovative treatments for the foot and ankle. He has the knowledge and experience to keep active feet moving, in comfort and good health. His podiatry expertise adds another element of experience to our outstanding surgical team. The wide range of treatments and surgical procedures he performs includes:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ankle arthroscopy
- Athlete’s foot
- Bunion deformities
- Diabetic foot care
- Digital deformities – hammer toes
- Flat feet
- Foot and ankle
- Foot orthotics
- Heel pain & heel spurs
- Ingrown toenails
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sports related injuries
- Tarsal tunnel
- Tendon injuries
Primary Care Services
From sniffles to disease management and everything in between, we’re here for you and your family. Our primary care physicians get to know you and make sure you have the best in personalized care.
- Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
- Chronic Disease Management
- Diabetes Management and Counseling
- Ear, Nose, and Throat
- Family Medicine
- Geriatric Care
- Immunizations and Vaccinations
- Internal Medicine
- Wellness Exams
When breathing is a problem, life is full of limitations. Pulmonary disease is one of the most devastating diseases in the nation and the third leading cause of death. The lung and respiratory professionals at Platte Valley Medical Clinic have the tools, technology and expertise to help you breathe easier.
Conditions We Treat at PVMC
- Lung Cancer
- Post lung transplant care
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Pulmonary and cystic fibrosis
- Sleep Apnea
After surgery or a procedure, you may need specialized care to get you back to your everyday life. We offer the following services to make sure you have excellent recovery care. We also offer these services for outpatients.
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Cardiac Rehab
- Pulmonary Rehab
You’ll work with one of our respiratory therapists to help care for your lungs or any other cardiopulmonary disorders. Our respiratory therapists work closely with your doctor to diagnose, treat, and monitor your condition. Depending on your level of illness, you may work with a respiratory therapist in either an inpatient or outpatient setting.
If you’re experiencing difficulties with sleep, our sleep medicine specialist can help diagnose and monitor any problems and work with you to find the treatment you need. Sleep medicine specialists use aspects of internal medicine, pediatrics for children, psychiatry, neurology, surgery, and epidemiology for the best care possible.
Kearney Regional Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska for meeting the rigorous selection criteria for spine surgery set by the Blue Distinction+ Specialty Care program.
Blue Distinction+ Centers are nationally-designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.
A stress test helps evaluate your heart health. Through exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike, your heart will be monitored to determine how well your heart works during physical activity. Because exercise makes your heart pump harder and faster, a stress test can reveal any problems with blood flow in your heart.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses high-frequency sound waves to view inside the body. Ultrasounds are also used to view any internal swelling or infection, help guide biopsies, diagnose heart conditions, assess damage after a heart attack and more. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.
Urology problems can be a big disruption to daily life. We partner with Kearney Urology Center to bring relief to men and women who are dealing with diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract as well as the male reproductive organs.
If you ever have circulatory system problems, you’ll be seen by a vascular surgeon. While vascular surgeons are trained to operate, they prefer to help you find other ways to keep your circulatory system healthy. If all of the other options have been tried, you’ll be in good hands with our expert, compassionate surgeons.
A big part of being healthy is through early detection and prevention. Through regular wellness exams, you’ll be able to ensure your overall health as well as find any issues early on. We conduct wellness exams for men, women, and children at all stages of life.
We treat all kinds of wounds including burns, diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, surgical wounds, pressure ulcers, and wounds that just won’t seem to heal. Our team will work with you to make sure you have the education and resources you need to help you heal your wound.