October 7, 2019
NORTON, Kan. – Dr. Dan Reimer will be the next doctor to join Norton County Hospital and Norton Medical Clinic on temporary assignment. He will be in Norton periodically starting in late October to provide additional coverage throughout the facility.
Dr. Reimer grew up on the island Eleuthera, where his parents served at a Christian high school for Bahamian students for 26 years. After spending a year at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Reimer lived a summer in Ecuador with two physicians to experience serving abroad in a medical capacity.
After observing surgeries in a mission hospital on the edge of the Amazon Jungle and watching how serving people through the practice of medicine can be such a great way to be integrally involved in a community, Dr. Reimer began pursuing his path toward medicine. Doors opened for him to work as an inpatient pharmacy tech, where he did molecular biology research for two years; he then attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Following a year of internal medicine residency, Dr. Reimer transferred to the three-year Via Christi Family Medicine residency in Wichita, given the program’s emphasis on full-spectrum training including operative obstetrics. He spent a year studying tropical medicine and serving in Africa for five months, where he learned to care for patients in an extremely resource poor setting.
Dr. Reimer returned to Kansas after that mission, and for the past four years he has been serving as a hospitalist at Via Christi and Newton Medical Center in Wichita. He has also served part time at several Emergency departments across Kansas, most recently in Leoti.
Dr. Reimer said he is looking forward to being part of the team at Norton County Hospital, where he will work one to two weeks per month at least through the summer of 2020. His goal is to take excellent care of patients and become a part of the community.
In his free time, Dr. Reimer enjoys volunteer short-term mission trips, good conversation, hearing peoples' stories, leading a Bible study with international students and intermittently going back "home" to the Bahamas. He said he would be happy to exchange stories of the Bahamas for home-cooked meals.
Norton County Hospital asks the public to please welcome Dr. Reimer during his temporary assignment. The hospital will continue to keep the area citizens informed of physicians temporarily working at its facility.