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Welcome Kaitlyn Lemmer, APRN

Platte Valley Medical Clinic would like to welcome Kaitlyn Lemmer, APRN. Kaitlyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fort Hays State University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Clarkson College. She will be working alongside our new cardiologist Dr. Linda Ferrer. Kaitlyn has worked in the medical field for 10 years and is excited to begin treating patients both in the clinic and in the hospital. She is married and has a 20-month-old son. In her free time she enjoys playing golf, hiking and reading.

Welcome Dr. Linda Ferrer

Platte Valley Medical Clinic would like to welcome Dr. Linda Ferrer to the Cardiology team.

Dr. Ferrer earned her Doctor of Medicine from Los Andes University in Venezuela, graduating with high honors. She then completed the Cardiology Fellowship Program at Los Andes University Hospital and began practice as a Non-Invasive Cardiologist.

She has completed an Internal Medicine Residency at HCA Brandon Regional Hospital and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at HCA Healthcare Aventura Hospital & Medical Center in Miami.

Dr. Ferrer is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible in Cardiovascular Disease and Echocardiography. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and Level II Certified in Cardiovascular CT, Cardiac MRI and Echocardiography.

Linda is excited to make Kearney her home with her family and begin seeing patients. She enjoys biking, teaching and reading.

Notice to Our Infusion Therapy & Allergy Shot Patients

Platte Valley Medical Clinic is growing in many different areas and with that growth comes a few changes. The Infusion Room that is currently located on the second floor of our clinic is being relocated directly south of the Maternity Care Center on our campus.

Beginning July 12th, all patients that are scheduled for services in our Infusion Room will go to the new location. You will not need to check in at the front desk of PVMC. This will be complete at the new location.

For all patients receiving allergy shots, you will now need to schedule an appointment. These will no longer be available as a walk-in.

If you have any questions, please fell free to call us at 308-865-2263.

Sincerely,

Physicians & Staff of Platte Valley Medical Clinic

Vital Signs: Cervical Cancer and How Often to Get a Pap Smear

Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer death for women in the country, but over the last 40 years that’s all changed.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to women getting regular pap tests, which can find cervical precancer before it turns into cancer.

But how often should these tests be done? NTV’s Seth Denney speaks with Dr. Michele Krieger, obstetrician-gynecologist in Kearney.

Women have two screening options to detect cervical cancer, the pap test and the HPV. With both tests, cells are taken from the cervix and tested. For years, experts pushed for yearly pap smears, but they’ve learning something, cervical cancer takes much longer than a short amount of time to develop.

“To go from a normal pap smear to an abnormal would really be closer to a six-year period,” said Dr. Krieger. “So what they started to do was see how we could do pap smear and what would be the length of time we could draw them out.”

As long as a patient has a history of normal pap tests, Dr. Krieger points to a new recommendation, a pap smear every three years.

“I’m pretty money conscious, I don’t want to overdo procedures and cause people stress. I like that it’s costing less money because medicine is so expensive these days,” said Dr. Krieger.

The American Cancer Society conversely pushes an HPV test every five years, an HPV with a pap test every five years, or Dr. Krieger’s recommendation of just the pap test every three years.

“Anytime you have an abnormal pap smear you’re put in that yearly category for at least 25 years,” said Dr. Krieger. “That recently changed in October. We used to follow 20 years. Now it’s 25 years.”

 

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Michele Krieger, call Platte Valley Medical Clinic at 308-865-2263.

 

Original Air Date: NTV News Vital Signs 7/2/21

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standards

In accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) issued on June 10, 2021, Kearney Regional Medical Center has the following policies in place to minimize risk of transmission of COVID-19 within our facility.

  • All patients and visitors entering the facility will be screened for symptoms of, or high-risk exposure to COVID-19. Only healthy visitors will be permitted.
  • All persons shall remain masked at all times while in the facility.
    • Patients and visitors are allowed to wear cloth masks, or a hospital issued mask will be given to them if they are unmasked. A face-shield can be worn in place of a mask in certain situations if the patient or visitor has a physical limitation to wearing a mask. Accommodations may be allowed on a case-by-case basis when a person cannot wear a mask due to exemptions required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or due to religious beliefs consistent with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
    • Vaccinated staff may choose to remove their masks in non-patient care areas.

The following areas will have exceptions to this policy:

  • COVID-19 positive patient rooms: no visitors.
  • The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) & Emergency Room (ER): visitors may be limited at the discretion of the care team.

Individuals that are unwilling to follow Infection Prevention Policies will be asked to leave the facility. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.