Morning Medical

Salina Regional's Morning Medical is a 3 minute medical information segment hosted by SRHC's Mike Mattek that airs every Wednesday morning on KSCW (Ch. 5 Cox Communications) during Eyewitness News This Morning.

Below are several of the segments produced previously.


No Hit Zones
Listen in as Dr. Zuccarelli, M.D., explains No Hit Zones and a parenting strategy which is meant to maintain nurturing environments for children and build strong parent-child relationships.


Looking for a pediatrician? Meet Dr. Schwerdtfager
Salina native, Julianne Schwerdtfager, M.D., has been with Salina Pediatric Care for over a year now and has been a great addition to the team! Watch her interview here.

Salina educating nurses at the KU School of Nursing-Salina
The KU School of Nursing is a proud addition to the Salina community! Nursing students have the opportunity to pursue an education under the same curriculum used at the KU School of Nursing in Kansas City while experiencing hands-on training at Salina Regional Health Center.

Dr. Natalie Davis joins Salina Women’s Clinic
Salina Women’s Clinic is pleased to welcome Dr. Natalie Davis, Obstetrics and Gynecologist, to the practice!

Migraine relief and moving forward
Migraines can be a sign of an underlying condition. Dr. Doug Davis is a specialist in neurology and touches on available treatments to help provide migraine relief.

Breast Health
Know your breasts. If there is any lump, discharge or changes in skin, size, or color, contact your doctor. Salina Regional Health Center is one team working together for your total breast healthcare.

Minor Emergency Care
When there’s a sudden illness or injury that doesn’t require emergency room care but needs immediate attention, you can trust either of our two urgent care facilities, Salina Regional Urgent Care Clinic or StatCare to help.

Hospitality Home celebrates 25 years!
The Rebecca A. Morrison House was established to provide patients, families and caregivers lodging while their loved one is receiving medical care in Salina.

Fe for a Cure Race/Walk 2018
This event supports cancer awareness for all types of cancer and thanks to generous sponsors, 100% of entry fees goes directly to supporting cancer patients at Tammy Walker Cancer Center.

Salina Regional Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic Testimonial
Linda Loder is dominantly left-handed, so she feared the worst when an in-home fall shattered the ball of her left shoulder leaving her hand and arm limp. Dr. Timothy Hawkes of Salina Regional Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic performed surgery and with the support of the orthopedic clinic, her husband and her determination to get better, Linda was able to regain function and control of her left arm.

Eat your way to health
We’ve all been bombarded with the fact that too much food or the wrong kinds of food can cause obesity and a variety of health problems. But what about food for healing? Dietitian Crystal Bertrand emphasizes the value of food.

Restimulating nerve function with physical therapy
You might be surprised to know that physical therapy is beneficial for more than just injury or surgery recovery. Methods in physical therapy can help encourage and restimulate the frozen nerves.

Special Procedures upgrades to “gold standard” care
The Special Procedures area of Salina Regional Health Center recently upgraded their equipment and work space. By keeping up-to-date on national health standards, Salina Regional Health Center maintains patient safety and continues to provide leading care to all patients.

Become a CMA! New training program at SRHC
Become a Certified Medical Assistant in the first CMA apprenticeship program in the State of Kansas! This is a great career option for those interested in joining the healthcare field or even for those already employed in healthcare but seeking advancement.

Held captive by chronic wounds?
For people with wounds that do not heal on their own, pain, embarrassment and immobility can be confining and restrict daily activities. Dr. Justin Klaassen, D.O., explains the skilled and compassionate care provided by specialists at the Wound Care Clinic.

Collecting cancer data to help save lives
The cancer registry at Tammy Walker Cancer Center affects more than doctors and cancer patients – the data collected is beneficial for you too! Pam Ehlts explains the integral role of collecting cancer patient data.

Morning Medical | Freeing loved ones to be loved ones
Hospice of Salina is here to make sure last days, weeks and months are spent with a strong sense of dignity and personal worth.

Sun, fun, and the Fitness run! COMING June 9
A fine morning, and YOU at the starting line of the most anticipated athletic competition of the Smoky Hill River Festival! Join us for the 39th annual running of the Festival Fitness Five race, walk and children’s races! A competitive and fun-filled event for the entire family!

Producing doctors for Kansas
Salina Regional Health Center is proud to be a part of the movement to educate and train future physicians of Kansas at the KU School of Medicine Salina Campus.

Held captive by chronic wounds?
For people with wounds that do not heal on their own, pain, embarrassment and immobility can be confining and restrict daily activities. But there’s good news: effective treatment can help heal wounds! Dr. Justin Klaassen, D.O., explains.

The will to fight, a powerful medicine
Rehab manager Heidi Sweet and Psychiatric Intern Andrew Crisco have seen recovery take place faster in patients with a will to fight versus patients who give in to hopelessness and doubt.

Kansans take heart! Cardiothoracic surgery at SRHC
With heart disease being the number one killer in the United States, cardiothoracic surgeon Richard Toon, M.D., provides a critical service to Kansans. He performs surgery on some of the most vital organs in the body – the heart and lungs.

Need a Doctor?
Meet Dr. Bradley Irvin, M.D., a family medicine physician at COMCARE. Dr. Irvin treats patients from newborn age to geriatrics with special emphasis training in pediatrics.

Weight Management Program offered at Lindsborg Family Health Care Clinic
Lindsborg Community Hospital realizes that navigating weight loss alone can be difficult, which is why they are offering support through an evidence-based, team-approach weight loss program. Greg Lindholm provides details on the new program called Medically Supervised Weight Management.

Meds to Beds Program
Pharmacist Carleigh Cozad shares about the expanded services provided at Salina Regional Outpatient Pharmacy and introduces the new Meds to Beds program.

Meet Krista DeWitt, D.O.
Need a doctor? Meet Dr. Krista DeWitt. COMCARE recently welcomed Dr. DeWitt to their team! She’s a skilled family medicine physician with a Kansas background and a heart for her patients.

Opioid Abuse Crisis
The opioid crisis reaches all areas of the United States including our Kansas home. Emergency Medicine physician Dr. David Dupy shares about Salina Regional Health Center’s response to the widespread abuse.

Accuracy matters, choose 3D mammography
Why wouldn’t you choose the most accurate mammogram? The Hologic® Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exam can find up to 65% more invasive breast cancers than 2D mammography alone.

Preparing for the undesirable
Tornadoes, floods, mass casualties – only a few of the scenarios Salina Regional employees need to be prepared to address should a man-made or natural disaster invade a normal day. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Greg Brockway works with a team to develop and maintain plans of action for regional hospital response.

Comcare Patients Use Valuable Online Resource
COMCARE patients are signing up for convenience and peace of mind when they open a Patient Portal account. Jennifer Tillman, Team Lead at COMCARE on Santa Fe street, provides details on the benefits of having an account.

Preventing the spread of illness
In a hospital where ill patients are taken care of every day, how do doctors and nurses keep from spreading and contracting illnesses? Infection Preventionist Bethanie McDowell shares what safeguards are in place to prevent the spread of illness in a hospital setting.

Dry Needling for Muscle Pain
Dry needling involves the stimulation of muscles through the insertion of thin filament needles into muscle and trigger points in order to relive tension. Physical therapists Denice Justus and Holly VanCleave describe and prescribe.


CertaScan, documenting newborns digitally
Newborn footprints have traditionally been recorded using an ink blotter. Today, there’s a new technology which eliminates the need for messy inks and increases child security - CertaScan! Salina Regional Birth Center experts join us to share the benefits of this newly integrated system.

Professional care for high school athletes
MAINTAIN YOUR COMPETITIVE EDGE! Meet Salina Regional Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic athletic trainers, Eric, Evan and Abe. They provide coverage during sport events for local high schools.

vCare is a tool that makes it possible for physicians to use computers and video communication in order to provide virtual consultations. These virtual consultations occur in real time and allow both provider and patient to participate in a visit remotely that is just as private as an in-person appointment.

Depression, anxiety, grief, loss and other struggles
Veridian Behavioral Health is a multi-disciplinary center offering dedicated quality mental health care. Support is provided to people of all ages and walks of life including individuals and families struggling with common life problems such as depression, anxiety, marital problems, parent-child conflicts or grief and loss.

Stroke is a medical emergency
Stroke is a medical emergency and must be treated immediately. When warning signs appear, call 9-1-1. Emergency physician Dr. Ostmeyer tells us what to look for.

Ask About Physical Therapy First
Physical therapy is often prescribed after a procedure or injury, but you might not know that physical therapy can also be used to treat several non-surgical issues. Denice Justus, PT, gives us the lowdown on physical therapy for everyday diseases, ailments and disorders.

Immunotherapy, a New Cancer Treatment
A new cancer treatment offered at Tammy Walker Cancer Center boosts the body’s natural defenses to help fight cancer with less side effects. Oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Geitz explains the benefits of this new treatment called Immunotherapy.

StatCare renovation improves patient care
Renovations to the StatCare building on 1001 South Ohio Street have added comfort and functionality to this location.
Lisa Burnett talks about the advantages of updating and gives a sneak peek inside.

Physical therapy for urinary incontinence
Bladder leakage, or urinary incontinence, does not have to be a fact of life - it is treatable! Give physical therapist Denice Justus a few minutes of your time to explain how physical therapy can be used to overcome incontinence.

Diabetes Support
Living with diabetes is difficult and can be frustrating. However, strong support from loved ones as well as proper guidance from health professionals can make it easier to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Salina Regional Health Center, Cloud County Health Center, and Lindsborg Community Hospital invite patients and those excited about strengthening their community to join a local Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Simulation Lab
The simulation lab is a key element in educating doctors, nurses and students for the medical field. Mannequins that talk and imitate human functions are used to train for real situations.

Childhood Trauma
“Early childhood experiences are crucial in terms of our ability to process trauma [and] be resilient through difficulties.” Kristen Hymer, LSCSW, of Veridian Behavioral Health discusses how childhood experiences impact adults.

New COMCARE Facility
As a population ages, the need for medical care increases. Joel Phelps, chief operating officer at Salina Regional Health Center, and COMCARE family physician, Garrett Hooker, M.D., join Morning Medical to share about the new COMCARE facility at 2090 S. Ohio St. and the future of family medicine in our area.

Project SEARCH at Salina Regional Health Center
Project SEARCH Interns Help Instructor Ardis Bryan shares about the business-based training and transition program for young adults with disabilities at Salina Regional Health Center. Interns train by working at the hospital with the goal of later finding employment in the community.

Linda Hinnenkamp, RN
Tammy Walker Cancer Center (Colorectal Cancer)

90%-95% of colorectal cancers are due to controllable variables like smoking, diet and exercise. Linda Hinnenkamp, RN, Cancer Outreach Coordinator at Tammy Walker Cancer Center, shares some of those variables and what you can do to reduce your risk as well as monitor colon health.

Adrienne L. Gapter

The start of a new year is the time many use as an opportunity to begin fresh and make better life choices. Adrienne Gapter, Clinical Exercise Physiologist with WellPlan, shares advice that will help you successfully attain your new-year goals and encourage you to find your way around failure. You can make big changes by starting small. Have a happy and successful new year!

Kraig Bertram, D.O. | Salina Pediatric Care
Meet Kraig Bertram, D.O., a pediatrician at Salina Pediatric Care. Dr. Bertram cares for youth from infants up to age 21 and also practices sports medicine. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bertram or any of our pediatricians, call Salina Pediatric care at 785-825-CARE (2273). Friendly, exceptional care to keep your child healthy…for life.

Salina Regional Surgical Associates
Dr. Jones shares a little bit about herself and explains the breadth of what general surgery encompasses.

Salina Regional Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic
Physical Therapist Jordan Zuccarelli talks about services provided by the Salina Regional Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic.


Sports Physicals
Learn about our family of clinics that provide Sports Physicals for children of all ages.

Stroke Rehab
Inpatient Rehabilitation Director Heidi Sweet talks with Mike about the post acute care setting of stroke rehabilitation.

Cancer and Social Work
Tammy Walker Cancer Center provides emotional support for cancer patients and their families. Lynn Pankratz talks with Mike about the program and its role in providing comprehensive care.

Cancer and Genetics
Dr. Jeff Geitz and Cancer Program Manager Melanie Leepers discuss the importance of studying genetics in cancer patients.

TWCC Cancer Registry
Learn about the Tammy Walker Cancer Center Registry and its role in quality patient care.

Respiratory Care
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was the 3rd most common cause of death in the United States in 2014, however it is largely preventable. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Jenni Dunn joins Morning Medical to raise awareness about this progressive disease.

TWCC Overview Lab and Pharmacy
Melanie Leepers, Cancer Program Manager and Pam Ehlts with the Cancer Registry talk about services offered at the Tammy Walker Cancer Center.

Dr. Jake Breeding returns to talk about services provided by Salina Regional's Level 3 Trauma Center.

Heart Center
Physician Assistant Lance Krueger tells us about heart services offered at Salina Regional Health Center's Heart Center.

Sleep Disorders
Learn about signs, symptoms, and treatment options for sleep disorders.

Surgical Associates
Dr. Jake Breeding talks with Mike about procedures provided by Salina Regional Surgical Associates.

AvaSys Video Monitoring System
Learn about SRHC's integration of the AvaSys Video Monitoring System and how it improves safety for our patients and staff.

Lindsborg Wellness Visits
Wanda Weltzin and Karna Peterson tell us about annual wellness visits for Medicare patients.

Tobacco Use Prevention
Daniel Craig with the Saline County Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition and TWCC Cancer Outreach Coordinator Linda Hinnenkamp talk with Mike about Salina area resources for prevention of tobacco addiction and assistance with quitting smoking.

Radiation Oncology
Dr. Claudia Perez-Tamayo, Radiation Oncologist with TWCC, explains radiation and why it's needed in addition to chemotherapy.

SRHC Pharmacy
Linda Radke, Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, discusses the role of pharmacy at Salina Regional.

Salina Regional Neurosurgery
Salina Regional Neurosurgery specializes in surgery of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves, as well as diseases associated with these areas, including pinched nerves, herniated discs, brain and spine tumors and complex cervical spine disorders.

Salina Pediatric Care
Learn about Salina Pediatric Care and the services offered.

Salina Regional Neurosciences
Dr. Diep visits about the services available through SRN including care for strokes, headaches, and multiple sclerosis.

Morrison House
Morrison House is the hospitality house for patients and patients that live outside of Salina.

Tammy Walker Cancer Center
Oncology nursing services available at Tammy Walker Cancer Center including teaching and help with treatment.

Imaging Department
Discussing imaging services and information about PET CT.

Emergency Service
Learn about the ER Department at Salina Regional Health Center.

Salina Regional Radiation Oncology
Advice for patients with cancer from Dr. Claudia Perez-Tamayo

Salina Women's Clinic
Learn about services offered through the Salina Women's Clinic.

Lindsborg Community Hospital
Lindsborg Community Hospital is a 25-bed critical hospital that offers a full range of emergency, urgent care and diagnostic services.

The Vein Clinic
Learn about services offered at The Vein Clinic.

Home Medical Lifeline
Learn about the services that are available through Salina Regional Home Medical Services.

Care Management
Care Management provides services through Be Well Stay Well Program

Hospice of Salina
Services of Hospice of Salina and the focus on end of life care.

Infant and Child Development
The Infant Child Development Program serves children from Ellsworth, Ottawa and Saline counties who have developmental delays and mental disabilities.

Women & Children Services Department
The High Five Award was recently awarded to the Women and Children Services Department at Salina Regional Health Center.