News Release

Upcoming free session will help patients better understand their lab results

September 1, 2016

NORTON, Kan. – The Norton County Hospital and Norton Medical Clinic will begin offering free community educational programming on a regular basis in a series of sessions called “Health Check.” The first session will take place Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Land Electric Cooperative basement, 14935 US-36, Norton. The session, titled “What your blood says about you” will be led by family physician Dr. Glenda Maurer.

The hospital and clinic are pleased to partner with the Norton County Health Department and Home Health for this first educational session. The health department is hosting its low-cost blood draws on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Because the hospital’s medical staff has expressed interest in doing more community programming, all entities collectively felt an educational session explaining the lab results would be beneficial.

“Regular blood draws are important so you can stay on top of your overall health and monitor certain health conditions that you may already have,” said Leslie Pfannenstiel, administrator and registered nurse at Norton County Health Department and Home Health. “This screening has helped some people identify cancer, cholesterol and diabetes. Make this your first step in living a healthier life and preventing life-threatening diseases.”

“What your blood says about you” will provide the community with a great opportunity to relax, sit back, ask questions and learn, according to Dr. Maurer. “We have reassured many people who had concerns about their health based on their results, as well as diagnosed treatable illnesses and conditions such as thyroid disease, diabetes and leukemia (from the blood draws),” she said.

Anyone is welcome to attend the Sept. 21 session and if possible, bring their lab results and specific questions for Dr. Maurer. A light snack will also be provided. An RSVP is not required, but it is appreciated by Friday, Sept. 16 to plan accordingly for snacks. To RSVP, or if you have any questions, contact Katie Allen, Norton County Hospital communications and foundation director, at or 785-877-3351.

The Norton County Hospital and Norton Medical Clinic will announce more “Health Check” sessions in the near future. For more information about the Norton County Hospital and upcoming sessions, visit its Facebook page at