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Perioperative and Procedural Services – Great Bend

Hanna Demel, RN
Perioperative work is fast-paced with lots of teamwork. You need to be able to multitask and think critically about the next step. The best part is working together as a big, huge family." Hanna Demel, RN

Perioperative and Procedural Services

Operating Room and Pre/Post

A nationally verified Level IV Trauma Center, the hospital provides emergency surgical services around the clock. In addition, our surgical teams perform many advanced procedures that draw patients from rural Kansas, the state of Kansas, as well as from across the country. Our 4-bed operating room sees approximately 250–300 cases per month that include orthopedic, general surgery including GI, podiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, and the newest video technology for laparoscopic and arthroscopic surgery.

The coordination of staff, supplies, and equipment to care for surgical patients during and after surgery demands teamwork, critical thinking and attention to detail.

Perioperative Services: Procedural Areas


These nurses participate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who have a variety of gastrointestinal conditions. The nurses often assist with diagnostic and highly advanced therapeutic procedures such as colonoscopies and EGDs. This care area also offers nurses the opportunity to work closely with physicians in research studies that advance patient treatment.

Interventional Radiology

Our IR department serves inpatients and outpatients of all ages and acuity levels. Interventional Radiology provides minimally invasive procedures using imaging technology, and our nurses deliver complete patient care in a 33-bed pre/post unit. IR nurses provide patient prep and recovery, complete patient and family education and teaching, routine monitoring, and moderate sedation during interventional radiologic procedures. Because the patients vary greatly in type and acuity, IR nurses often care for ambulatory and critical care patients on the same day.

The nurse-to-patient radio in IR is usually 1:1. Further, nurses get the benefits of caring for critical care patients while not working holidays or weekends.


Radiology nurses care for patients of all acuity types, and they support all areas of radiology. Nurses support the radiology process by screening patients for contraindications to imaging processes, completing patient assessments, providing vascular access for imaging, and providing patient monitoring. In our breast imaging area, nurses assist physicians during procedures, work with patients during prep and testing, and provide extensive patient education.
We are an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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