401 S. Santa Fe Ave. Salina, KS 67401 | Phone: 785.827.0610 | Toll Free: 866.927.0610 | Fax: 785.827.8608

About Us

Opening our doors in 1999, Salina Surgical Hospital was the concept of a group of local community involved physicians and investors with a commitment to patient satisfaction and care. Salina Surgical Hospital and Salina Regional Health Center formed a joint venture to develop a state of the art entity with the mission to provide the highest quality healthcare services at a reasonable cost using modern, state-of-the-art technology in a friendly and caring environment by highly-skilled, compassionate staff in an effort to serve the people of Salina and its surrounding communities.

 

Salina Surgical Hospital is proud to be a partially physician owned hospital. Physician ownership means that the physician owners play a major role in deciding how Salina Surgical Hospital is run and what equipment and supplies are purchased by the hospital. Physician ownership reinstates the physician back into the decision-making role which allows our physicians to deliver the highest quality of dedicated service in the facility that they co-own.

 

In addition, being partially physician owned sets us apart because our medical staff has a direct investment in the quality of care you receive. This ensures you are treated with the respect, dignity, and compassion you deserve.

 

Our facility is comprised of four operating rooms, two endoscopy suites, and 16 inpatient rooms. Our friendly and professional staff is ready to care for you following a surgery or procedure, or answer any questions you may have along the way.

 

About Salina Surgical Hospital

Meet Our Team

Dr. David E. Smith, M.D., FACS is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Salina Surgical Hospital. Dr. Smith has been a member of the Board since the opening of Salina Surgical Hospital in 1999. He has been the Chairman since 2007.

Dr. Smith is Board Certified in General Surgery, and has been a physician at the Mowery Clinic since he moved to Salina in July 1981. Dr. Smith grew up in Liberal, Kansas, and received his undergraduate degree at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. He completed medical school at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and completed his residency at KU Medical Center in Kansas City.

As a practicing surgeon, Dr. Smith brings the clinical aspect to the Board's decision-making processes. His leadership style accommodates the frequently changing medical climate on the national, regional and local level. As a member of the Salina community since 1981, Dr. Smith has a sense of community needs, and strives to serve patients with this in mind. Dr. Smith has always practiced medicine in private practice, which reflects the sense of ownership that all the shareholding physicians possess. Having an active role in the day-to-day operations of Salina Surgical Center allows him greater flexibility and creativity to serve the needs of his patients in the most medically appropriate and efficient way, while always keeping the needs of the patient foremost.

"We give the patients a choice in where their care is delivered and a choice in delivery style."

Dr. Smith has a longstanding interest in laparoscopic surgery , and has extensive experience in gallbladder surgery and hiatal hernia repair.

Dr. Michael J. Johnson, M.D. has been the Medical Director for Salina Surgical hospital since 2006.

Dr. Johnson in Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. He has been in private practice in Salina since 1997 and is Clinical Assistant Professor for KU Medical Schools-Salina. Dr. Johnson grew up in Salina, attending Stewart and Lowell Elementary Schools, Roosevelt-Lincoln Middle, and South High Schools. He moved to Winfield, Kansas and graduated high school in 1980. He received an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy from KU in 1987, completed medical school in 1992 and his residency in orthopaedic surgery in Wichita and Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children in St. Louis, Missouri in 1997.

Having grown up in Salina, Dr. Johnson brings a unique and valuable perspective to Salina Surgical Hospital. He continues to be an active community member and promotes health and fitness through his participation in marathons, triathlons and adventure races.

Dr. Johnson's continued involvement as a practicing surgeon keeps him aware of the clinical and medical needs of the patients at Salina Surgical Hospital. As a private practitioner, his sense of ownership is reflected as a shareholding physician, allowing him the flexibility and opportunity to deliver the most appropriate and high quality medical and surgical care. His continued and close involvement with Salina Surgical Hospital reflects his dedication to patien-centered care.

"The physicians who work at Salina Surgical Hospital are all invested in Salina, all of whom live here, and are active in the community. I believe our hospital provides the patient with access to very experienced physicians, experienced nurses and staff, and an excellent nurse-to-patient ratio."

Dr. Johnson's general orthopaedic practice includes sports medicine, joint replacement and trauma care.

LuAnn Puvogel, MBA, BSN, RN is the CEO of Salina Surgical Hospital. Ms. Puvogel began her career in nursing in 1980 and gained valuable experience in critical care both as a staff nurse and 9 years in a leadership position. She joined Salina Surgical Hospital in 1999 as a peri-operative staff nurse. In December 1999, she became the Director of Nurses and in 2009 she began serving as the CEO.

LuAnn is involved with Physician Hospitals of Kansas as well as the national organization, Physician Hospitals of America. Locally, she is a member of the Health Care Advisory Council for Unified School District #305, the KWU Department of Nursing Advisory Committee, Rotary International, and is on the Board of Directors for Salina Area Technical College.

Ms. Puvogel received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Marymount College in Salina, KS and a Master of Business Administration from Kansas Wesleyan University.

"When you keep the patient at the center of what you do, you truly can 'Feel the Difference,' which is the trademark of Salina Surgical Hospital."

Jolene Glavin, MSN, RN has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Marymount College in Salina, KS and a Master of Science degree from Fort Hays State University She started her career as a staff nurse at a local hospital, eventually moving into management. In 1999 she helped lead the development of Salina Surgical Hospital from its inception and served as the Inpatient Supervisor. This included developing staffing plans, policies and procedures, documentation systems and the overall function of the nursing units.

In 2009 she began serving as the Director of Nurses of Salina Surgical Hospital. In this role she is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordination the clinical operations. Starting in 2013, she has served as the Project Manager for the electronic health record.

Carrie Kline, BSN, RN began working at Salina Surgical Hospital in 2001 as a staff nurse in the Peri-Operative Department. Ms. Kline was promoted to the Peri-Operative Supervisor in 2006. She is responsible for pre-admission testing, pre-operative care, and Phase I and Phase II recovery care areas for those patients undergoing surgical procedures. Ms. Kline is a member of the American Society of Perianesthesia Nursing (ASPAN). Ms. Kline received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Fort Hays University.

Joy Prendergast, RN has more than 25 years of surgical nursing experience. She began working at Salina Surgical Hospital in 1999 and was named the Surgery Supervisor in November of 1999. She is responsible for the daily operations of the Surgical Department which includes scheduling, staffing, budgeting, supplies, equipment and sterile processing. Ms. Prendergast is a member of Association of Peri Operative Registered Nurses and with her team of highly qualified personnel strives to perform outstanding care in the surgical setting. Ms. Prendergast received her Diploma in Registered Nursing from the Asbury School of Nursing in Salina, Kansas.

Misty Long, RN began working at Salina Surgical Hospital in 2000 as a Licensed Practical Nurse on the Inpatient Unit while working to complete her Nursing degree. Ms. Long continued to work on the Inpatient Unit as a registered nurse where she was then promoted to the Inpatient Supervisor in March of 2013. She leads a team of dedicated staff to provide patients with compassionate, high quality care on our Inpatient Unit. Ms. Long also coordinates our Red Cross Blood Drives as well as many of our drills such as our disaster drills, Code Blue Etc., throughout the hospital.

Krista Hardesty, RN began working at Salina Surgical Hospital in 2011 as a Registered Nurse in the Special Procedures Department. She was promoted to Special Procedures Supervisor in June of 2015. Her team of dedicated and knowledgeable staff provides patients with exceptional care in an outpatient setting. Ms. Hardesty received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Cloud County Community College.

Elizabeth Bishop is the Business Office Manager at Salina Surgical Hospital. She is a graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, KS with a degree in Business Administrations. Ms. Bishop has responsibility for overseeing all functions of the business department including patient registration, insurance billing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, collection of patient accounts and all other aspects of the business office operations. She also serves as the Human Resource and Benefits Administrator. Her over two-decades of experience in the medical field, and her background in accounting are a distinct advantage for our patients and staff.

Ms. Bishop is a member of HFMA: Healthcare Financial Management Association; KAHPAM: Kansas Association of Healthcare Patient Access and Account Management; SHRM: Society for Human Resource Management and SHRMA: local affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Serena Helvey BS, RN - Quality Supervisor is a registered nurse with more than 20 years experience in the healthcare industry. She began her career as a surgical floor nurse at a community hospital and then later went to a multi-specialty physicians practice. There she worked with several specialties, eventually becoming the Nurse Manager and then moved into Administration. After gaining valuable knowledge she went back to the hospital setting into Risk Management and Quality. Ms. Helvey is responsible for all services that reside in the Risk, Quality, Compliance, and Health Information Management departments at Salina Surgical Hospital

Mike Hirsch began working at Salina Surgical Hospital as the Dietary Supervisor in the fall of 2002. With the help of an expert staff, Mike is able to plan and provide almost 20,000 meals to Salina Surgical Hospital patients, their guests and hospital staff annually.

Mike has over 30 years of experience in the culinary arts field. He received his training and developed his skills while proudly serving in the United States Navy. When away from the hospital, Mike enjoys volunteering with many organizations in the Salina community.

Troy Nickel has been the plant engineer for Salina Surgical Hospital since 2001. Troy was the 2013 president of the Kansas Healthcare Engineers Association. He is an active member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers and is the 2014 ASHE Advocacy Liaison for the state of Kansas. Troy is responsible for Plant Operations, Biomed, safety and building maintenance.

Kipra Streit began working at Salina Surgical Hospital in March of 2000 as the chart/data entry clerk. In March of 2003, she was promoted to the Materials Manager. She is currently an active member of KAHRMM and AHRMM. Her job responsibilities as the materials manager include, maintaining an accurate inventory throughout the hospital, negotiating current and future vendor contracts, physician standardization, and helping assist hospital supervisors in product evaluations.

Timeline

 

Jun 29th, 1998   Construction begins
     
Sep17th, 1999   Construction completed
     
Oct 28th, 1999   First surgery, carpal tunnel release, is
performed by Milo G. Sloo, III
     
Apr 25th, 2000   First Total Knee Replacement by Gary Harbin, M.D
     
Nov 16th, 2001   First American Red Cross Blood Drive is held at Salina Surgical Hospital. Since that date, 30(?) additional blood drives have been held, collecting 455 (?) units of blood.
     
Dec 4th, 2001   First total hip replacement by Dr. Gary Harbin, M.D.
     
Jul 22nd, 2004   Ground-breaking and construction begins on expansion from 8 private rooms to 16 private rooms.
     
Aug 17th, 2005   Construction on the expansion completed and 16 private rooms become available for patient use.

Why Choose Us?

  • Elective Surgery and Digestive Health is all we do - those are our specialties.
  • Your elective, scheduled surgery / proceedure is our priority.
  • Our nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4.
  • Our nurses have an average of 20+ years nursing experience, which far exceeds the average for most acute care hospitals.
  • Our home-like atmosphere begins as you enter our front door and our standards of quality and comfort stay with you through your surgery and follow-up care.
  • Our Nursing Staff is trained in basic and advanced cardiac life support as well as in the use of the full complement of available emergency equipment.
  • Physicians are available, either on site or on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Because our patients are generally in good health, our rates of hospital acquired infection are lower than both the state and national averages.
  • Salina Surgical Hospital is a tax paying entity with our taxes supporting local needs. We also provide services for Medicaid patients, provide charity care and our charitable donations committee strives to find the most effective ways to give back to our community.
  • Salina Surgical Hospital provides employment for 120+ people.
  • Our dedication is demonstrated through our extensive Community Outreach

Community Outreach

  • Blood Drives: First Blood Drive was November 16th, 2001. Since then, four blood drives have been held every year.
  • Community charitable donations through Contributions Committee
  • Employee volunteerism at several local charities with donations to more than 25 local charities

Facts

  • Convenient location with easy access for the patient and their family to the service areas of our hospital.
  • Sixteen spacious home-like private inpatient rooms
  • Four state-of-the-art operating rooms
  • Two state-of-the-art special procedure rooms
  • All physicians are board certified or board eligible in their surgical specialty
  • Extensive outpatient and Inpatient surgical services in the following medical specialties:

    • Anesthesia
    • Digestive Health
    • Ear, Nose & Throat
    • General Surgery
    • Neurosurgery
    • Ophthalmology
    • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Orthopedics
    • Podiatry
    • Urology
    • Womens' Health