Services Offered At Fillmore County Hospital

  • Acute, Skilled & Extended Care

    Whatever degree of care you need, we want to provide it to you. Our acute, skilled, and extended care services are a result of this aspiration - care you need just the way you need it. Acute services are for patients who require intensive treatment from surgeries, injury, or illness. Skilled services are for patients who no longer need intensive treatment from surgeries, injury, or illness but still need rehabilitation care. Extended services are for patients who need a more extensive and long-term treatment. As our patient you will be given the care you need 24 hours a day so that you recover and can return to your daily life.

  • Aqua Therapy

    New to the physical therapy department in 2012 is aquatic therapy, also called hydrotherapy, a great alternative to traditional physical therapy. This form of therapy provides many more benefits than the traditional therapy performed out of water. Aquatic therapy is used to treat a variety of medical conditions and diseases.


    Fillmore County Hospital has partnered with Synergy Solutions of Independence to offer a unique approach to aquatic therapy called Phased ProgressionT. Water-based therapy allows our therapists to help patients progress through rehabilitation earlier and more rapidly, as well as provide opportunities for recovery that may not be attainable with traditional land-based therapy alone.

    Get stronger - faster
    Phased Progression is a holistic approach to physical rehabilitation which allows patients to begin rehabilitation earlier than when using traditional physical therapies. The proprietary aquatic and land-based techniques are proven to speed recovery times and return patients to an optimal level of functioning more rapidly than land based therapies alone.

    Less pain, more gain
    Experienced in these proprietary techniques, Phased Progression trained therapists use a set of established criteria to develop individual therapy plans. Every diagnosis has its own unique progression tailored specifically for each patient. Progress in aquatic therapy leads to land therapy procedures, which further strengthen the body's healing tissue.

    Water works
    The hydrostatic pressure of water during therapy reduces edema and inflammation pain. Water provides the buoyancy that allows body parts to move with minimal effort, while the rest of the body is supported and joints are decompressed. In water, viscosity increases resistance to moving body parts in direct proportion to a patient's efforts. And warm water encourages blood to flow to all joints and muscles, effectively "oiling the machine" for motion.

    "After working with patients both in and out of the water, I developed the Phased Progression approach to aquatic therapy. My patients harness the healing properties of warm water while moving in a more functional and therapeutic way. I've noticed significant differences with those who began aquatic therapy using Phased Progression. They made faster progress and were more comfortable during rehabilitation."

    Scott Hankins, Physical Therapist
    Developer, Phased Progression Therapies

    Advantages of Water-Based Therapy

       - Buoyancy - allows less stress on joints, bones and muscles
       - Hydrostatic Pressure - helps improve circulation and decrease swelling
       - Resistance - helps improve strength and balance
       - Temperature - helps relax muscles and improve range of motion

    Aquatics Therapy has proven to benefit patients with many different conditions, including:

       - Musculoskeletal disorders and conditions, such as total joint replacement, frozen shoulder and rotator cuff tear
       - Neurologic disorders and conditions, such as stroke, spinal cord injury and brain injury
       - Rheumatologic disorders, such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
       - Spinal disorders, such as spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease
       - Sports injuries

  • Behavioral Health

    Providing quality of care that stresses importance of dignity, respect, and helping our patients achieve an optimum level of functioning is what our behavioral health team does every day. Our program provides individualized treatment to senior adults who suffer from emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders through intensive outpatient treatment in a private and confidential environment. Those who can benefit from our care may have diminished quality of life by physical and emotional stressors, progressed or benefitted sufficiently with less intensive treatment, and declining mental health. Our behavioral health team's goal is to restore optimum mental and physical health, alleviate symptoms that interfere with the individual's ability to function, support the integrity of the family, and maximize independence. For question and more information, please call our Behavioral Health Clinic Program Director Stephanie Knight at (402) 759-3192.

    Click here to go to the Behavioral Health page.

  • Bone Density

    Bone densitometry is a widely used technique for measuring bone mineral density and diagnosing the presence of osteoporosis. To detect osteoporosis, doctors use a form of x-ray technology called dual- energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). DEXA is a quick and painless procedure for measuring bone loss. Measurement of the spine and hip are most commonly done.

  • Cardiac Rehab

    We believe by taking an active role in your health will help you enjoy a healthier future. Our Cardiac Rehab team can help. Most heart disease patients can help lower their risk of future heart problems if they make changes to improve their health. Building a healthier future is a partnership between you and the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who can help you change your health habits. You can play an active role in making these changes. Know your goals, make changes in your health habits and take your medicines correctly. Being educated on your own health can reduce future problems by helping you to react quickly to new or worsening symptoms.

  • C-Arm

    An imaging scanner intensifier, so named because of its configuration. C-arms have radiographic capabilities, though they are used primarily for fluoroscopic imaging during surgical, orthopedic, critical care, and emergency care procedures.

  • CT Scanning

    Computed Tomography(CT), also known as CAT scan, uses a limited beam of x-ray to obtain image data. The data is then interpreted by a computer to show cross sectional images of the body tissues and organs. Dense tissues, such as bones, appear white in the pictures produced by a CT scan. Less dense tissues, such as brain tissue or muscles, appear in shades of gray. Air-filled spaces, such as in the bowel or lungs, appear black.
  • Digital Mammography

    We are committed to the fight against breast cancer and want you to feel empowered by the opportunities we provide in women's health. One of the most important being mammography. A mammogram is done to help screen for or detect breast cancer. Many small tumors can be seen on a mammogram up to two years before they can be felt by a woman or her doctor. Cancer is most easily treated and cured when it is discovered in an early stage, so regular mammograms can greatly increase cure rates of breast cancer and other breast conditions. Therefore, many organizations, including the American Cancer Society, recommend an annual mammogram for women over 40. Fillmore County Hospital takes this data and the health of the women in our community seriously. We are certified by the Department of Health and Human Services as an FDA approved mammography facility and have been accredited by the American College of Radiology in order to make sure we are providing you with the most up-to-date and accurate results possible. Our dedication has been recognized by the Pink Ribbon Facility for the "exceptional commitment and support" that we show our patients. For more information or to schedule your mammogram, call our Radiology Department at (402) 759-3252.

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  • Doppler

    A Doppler ultrasound test uses reflected sound waves to see how blood flows through a blood vessel. It helps doctors evaluate blood flow through major arteries and veins, such as those of the arms, legs, and neck. It can show blocked or reduced blood flow through narrowing in the major arteries of the neck that could cause a stroke. It also can reveal blood clots in leg veins (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) that could break loose and block blood flow to the lungs (pulmonary embolism).

  • Echo

    An echocardiogram (echo) is a heart test that is used to diagnose heart disease and evaluate heart function. There are several types of echocardiograms that may be done for various reasons. The different types require different preparation. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how each type of echocardiogram is done, why it is done, and much more.

  • Emergency Room Services

    In an emergency, we know that you want things done quickly, concisely, and, above all, well. Every emergency is of the greatest importance to us and we are dedicated to treating each patient with our best care. An emergency may come as a surprise, but we're always ready. We want to serve and help you to the best of our abilities any day at any time. Fully qualified staff are on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week. You're emergency is our emergency and you can be sure we'll be ready for it. We've already been planning ahead: our county EMS ambulance services will get you to care as fast as possible and two new trauma bays as well as a new triage room mean that we are fully equipped to deal with whatever comes our way. They were built to allow our patients privacy and plenty of space for your vital comfort and quality of care.

  • Fluoroscopy

    Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique commonly used by physicians to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient through the use of a fluoroscope. In its simplest form, a fluoroscope consists of an X-ray source and fluorescent screen between which a patient is placed. However, modern fluoroscopes couple the screen to an X-ray image intensifier and CCD video camera allowing the images to be recorded and played on a monitor.

  • Labor & Delivery

    Though there's no place quite like home, our Labor and Delivery service comes close. We know the peace, happiness, and welcome that you want your baby to feel upon arrival - you want your baby to feel at home. We've designed a room to inspire just that atmosphere. From full size showers to a 36" flat screen TV with all your favorite TV channels, it was made to keep you comfortable. Even the little things have not escaped our consideration. Calming earth-toned walls and windows that allow the natural light to warm and brighten form a backdrop perfect for your baby's first moments.

    But what would home be without family and friends? The most important aspect in creating a home is allowing for space to interact with those we love. Our new rooms are spacious enough to allow for family and friends to visit, and for dad, we've provided a bed just for him. And we haven't just fixed things up for dad, the baby gets to stay too. Each room is technically advanced for your baby to be assessed and cared for by the nurses all in the same place - by your side. We've done all this because we know, there's no better way to start a journey than at home.

    Click here to go to the OB page.
  • Laboratory

    Our laboratory is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by technicians who have studied and earned a Medical Laboratory Technician degree from an accredited college. This two year course of study focuses on performance of various lab tests, study of disease states and human anatomy, chemistry, math, and numerous other areas of pathology to provide local clinical providers with the information and tools they need to diagnose and treat our patients. In addition to the campus learning, the MLT students participate in clinical training at local hospitals and clinics to round-out the lab technician's skills and knowledge.

    We have increased the number of tests performed on-site in the past 10 years, so that most of the routine blood and other body fluid tests are able to be completed within 1/2 - 1 hour after collection by our experienced phlebotomist. This allows patients to arrive at our hospital lab prior to their clinic appointment and have lab tests done by the time they see their provider. More complicated tests are delivered to a reference lab in Lincoln in the early morning and early evening on weekdays, and once in the morning on the weekends. This ensures that these specimens are tested as soon as reasonably possible.

    No appointment for lab work is needed prior to arriving at the hospital. We are available for routine testing from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm M-F, and from 8:00 am until 1200 noon on the weekends and holidays. After a short check-in with the admissions staff, patients are escorted to the blood-drawing area and their sample(s) collected. It is usually wise to be sure the clinic provider has provided the laboratory with orders prior to coming to the lab, or there may be a delay in testing or a chance the patient may need to return to the lab for additional blood collection.

    "Should I come in fasting?"

    For many tests, fasting is preferred and your clinic provider will usually tell you if it is needed. Fasting means no food for 8 - 10 hours prior to the blood collection. But, some water is encouraged as this usually allows the veins to be located easier. So, a glass of water or a small cup of black coffee usually does no harm.

    We are able to share test results with our local clinics as well as area healthcare providers (such as Lincoln, Hastings, Grand Island, Omaha, etc.) as soon as they become available from our lab. Computerization makes this process more accurate and easier to access past lab test results. We have several lab instruments directly connected to the computer system which allows for faster reporting and less chance of clerical errors in transmission of data.

    Our lab performs chemistry such as basic and comprehensive profiles, cholesterol studies, hematology (blood counts), urinalysis, coagulation studies, blood bank, serology, and numerous other hard-to-pronounce tests ordered by your healthcare provider.

  • Lifeline

    We want to protect you against threats to your independent living. In three easy steps, get the help you need 1) Simply push your Lifeline Personal Help Button. If you have our NEW Lifeline with AutoAlert*, you will get an added layer of protection as it will automatically place a call for help if it detects a fall and you are unable to push your button. 2) No matter the time or day, a trained Lifeline Response Associate will answer your call, access your profile, and assess the situation. 3) After assessing the situation, our associate will contact a neighbor, family member, or emergency services based on your specific needs, and follow up to confirm help has arrived. For more information or to setup an appointment, Please call Kim at (402) 759-3167 Ext: 460.

  • Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

    Lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. There are 94 million smokers in the United States, many of them at high risk for lung cancer.

    A study was done by the National Cancer Institute where the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) compared CT scans with chest x-rays to screen for lung cancer. The CT scans were found to reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20%.

    Based on these results, Fillmore County Hospital has created a low-dose CT lung cancer screening program for patients meeting the following criteria, which are considered high risk:

       1. No weight loss greater than 10 pounds in the last month.
       2. No chest CT scan in the last 12 months.
       3. Men or women between the ages of 55 and 74.
       4. Have a 30-pack year smoking history.
       5. If a current or former smoker, must have quit within the past 15 years.

  • MRI Scanning

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radiowaves and a strong magnetic field rather than xrays to produce detailed images of body tissues and organs. The magnetic field "excites" and then "relaxes" protons in the body, emitting radio signals. The radio signals are processed by a computer to form an image.
  • Nuclear Medicine

    Nuclear medicine is a separate modality within the field of radiology. It uses radioactive tracers to show the function of different organs within the body. These tracers are most often given to the patient by intravenous injection, although some studies require the swallowing of a radioactive capsule. The camera used in nuclear medicine then detects the gamma rays being emitted from the patient, forming an image on the computer screen. For most studies performed in nuclear medicine, the radiation to the patient is comparable to that of a chest x-ray. As with any study in radiology, the patient should tell the technologist if there is a chance of pregnancy or if the patient is breastfeeding.
  • Occupational Therapy

    We specialize in ensuring that our patients receive full rehabilitation in every aspect of their lives. Occupational therapy helps people from every stage of life participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. These include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

  • Orthopaedics

    Dr. Travis Stoner and Josh Reiners, PA-C are committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of orthopaedic care possible. Along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems, they strive to integrate the doctrine of prevention in all their treatment plans as a way to alleviate possible future difficulties.

    They are pleased to have you as a patient. If you have any questions, always feel free to contact the office and their trained staff will assist you in any way possible.

    Click here to go to the Ortho page.
  • Physical Therapy

    We strive constantly to help our patients get back to their day-to-day lives. Physical therapy is a type of treatment you may need when health problems make it hard to move around and do everyday tasks. It helps you move better and may relieve pain. It also helps to improve or restore your physical function and your fitness level. Physical therapy can help with recovery after some surgeries. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy for injuries or long-term health problems. We have two full time physical therapists with the goal of making daily tasks and activities easier for you.

    Comprehensive rehabilitation to meet your therapeutic needs:

       - Post spinal surgery                                                              - Sports rehabilitation
       - Post hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow,                           - Muscle weakness
         and wrist surgery                                                                  - Limited range of motion
       - Neck and Back pain                                                             - Tendonitis / Bursitis
       - Spinal Stenosis                                                                     - Frozen shoulder
       - Upper extremity / hand impairments and injuries          - Rotator cuff tear or impingement
       - Degenerative disc disease                                                 - Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Pulmonary Rehab

    There are many facets to our outpatient Pulmonary Rehab Program, highlighting how crucial lung health is. At Fillmore County Hospital (FCH), we're doing everything we can to meet the complicated medical and emotional needs caused by emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis and other lung diseases. Our services range from prevention and education to informational groups where people can continue education and share their experiences and feelings with others. Our state-of-the-art rehab clinic can help break the cycle of increased shortness of breath and decreased activity.

    If you have shortness of breath or COPD, you will likely benefit from attending the program. The exercise will improve your breathing and functional ability. The education will improve your ability to care for yourself and the emotional support you receive will help you to cope with your condition.

    The goal is to help our patients lead full, satisfying lives maintaining the highest functional capacity possible. Pulmonary Rehab can help by:
         - Decreasing your respiratory symptoms and complications
         - Helping you better understand and manage the physical and emotional aspects of your disease
         - Improve and maintain your physical conditioning
         - Reduce hospitalizations

    The qualified staff uses a holistic approach to your care considering your functional ability, health, and emotional needs. It starts with a consultation and evaluation with our pulmonary rehab specialist to see if the program is right for you. Once you join the program, you receive a written care plan that includes appropriate exercises, education, and emotional support. It is also the only program that coordinates Behavioral Health as a component. Treating the patients as whole has increased their progress. The Pulmonary Rehab team is comprised of specialists who care for people with chronic pulmonary disease, including medical director, respiratory therapists, behavioral health therapist, and dietitians (if ordered).

  • Respiratory Therapy/Sleep Studies

    Sleep is a vital, and often overlooked, part of your health. A person that lacks a steady amount of sleep may feel tired upon waking in the morning, morning headaches, excessive tiredness throughout the day, or experience disruptive snoring, waking from sleep gasping air or shortness of breath when waking from sleep. It is difficult for a person suffering from sleep apnea to recognize it, but it can be recognized by another witnessing the event. In order to assist in recognizing and treating this condition, we have a fulltime Respiratory Therapist who is registered in conducting sleep studies. Our therapist conducts multiple studies each month and has seen improved quality of life for its participants.

  • Specialty Clinic

    In order to make your health a harmonious part of life, we are bringing specialists to you. Our Specialty Clinic consists of over 20 visiting specialists in 18 different specialties so that you can have the knowledge and care you need within a few miles of your own door.

    Click here to go to the Specialty Clinic page.

    Audiology is the branch of science that studies hearing, balance, and related disorders. Employing various testing strategies, audiology aims to determine whether someone can hear within the normal range, and if not, which portions of hearing are affected and to what degree.

    Study of the heart. Medical diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defections, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology.

    Study of the skin and its diseases. A dermatologist takes care of diseases, in the widest sense, and some cosmetic problems of the skin, scalp, hair and nails.

    Ears-Nose-Throat (Audiology)
    Study of the ear, nose and throat.

    Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine concerned with digestive diseases.

    Oncology is the study of cancer. Hematology is the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, blood diseases, etiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention of blood diseases.

    Interventional Radiology
    Interventional radiology is a medical sub-specialty of radiology which utilizes minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. The concept behind interventional radiology is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes.

    Study of central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effector tissue, such as muscle.

    Study of the female reproductive organs.

    Study of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.

    Study of the foot, ankle, leg and lower back

    Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
    The use of surgery to restore the form and function of the body.

    Study of the mind, occurring partly via the study of behavior.

    Study of the respiratory tract.

    Operative manual and instrumental techniques on a patient to investigate and/or treat a condition such as disease or injury or to help improve bodily function or appearance.

    The study of the urinary tracts of males and females and on the reproductive system of males.

    Study of the vascular system or arteries and veins.

    Wound Care
    Care of wounds that have resisted healing.
  • Speech Language & Swallowing Therapy

    From evaluation to treatment, our speech pathologists work with those of all ages to improve and cure speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. A speech-language pathologists job varies with both their goals and the patients needs. Education, research, and development of new treatments can all be a part of the speech-pathologist's role. Whatever they may be doing, the goal is still the same: to give you the freedom to communicate and express yourself as easily as possible. Our speech-language pathologists are here to work with you and make this goal a reality.

  • Surgery

    Our surgical team continues to make a difference in the lives of our community members every day and is capable of handling an array of surgeries. They work hard to assure the safety and wellbeing of their patients. The surgical unit includes an operating suite and a scope room fully equipped with the latest technology for any elective and emergency procedures. It is our goal is to give patients and those who love them the peace of mind that they are in good hands.

  • Ultrasound

    Ultrasound imaging, sometimes called sonography is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body by using high frequency sound waves. As sound passes through the body, echoes are produces that identify how far away an object is, the size of the object, its shape and consistency (solid, fluid or mixed). Ultrasound can also measure the flow of blood using a specialized method called Doppler ultrasound. No radiation is used with ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, thyroid and testicles.
  • X-Ray

    Radiography or x-ray, as it is most commonly known, is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones. X-ray images of the skull, spine, joints and extremities are performed daily. The images of the injury may show very fine hairline fractures or bone chips; it can even show proper alignment and stabilization during the healing process.

    Radiography involves exposing part of the body to a small dose of radiation to produce an image of the internal organs. When x-rays penetrate the body, they are absorbed in varying amounts by different tissues. For example, ribs are dense and will block much of the radiation and will appear white or light gray on the image. Soft tissue such as the lungs will appear darker because more radiation can pass through it to expose the film.
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