Dr. Kerstin Glynn resigns Sabetha practice after 15 years

Dr. Kerstin Glynn sits at her desk within Sabetha Family Practice on Tuesday, February 20.

After practicing rural family medicine for 15 years at Sabetha Family Practice and Sabetha Community Hospital, Dr. Kerstin Glynn has announced her resignation. In a letter mailed to her patients earlier this month, Dr. Glynn indicated that her last day will be Friday, June 15, 2018.

Sabetha Community Hospital’s CEO Lora Key said Dr. Glynn will continue to see patients until her last day and that the other four physicians — Dr. Gregg Wenger, Dr. Kevin Kennally, Dr. James Longabaugh and Dr. Christian Tramp — are accepting new patients and will continue to provide excellent care to all patients.

“The other four [Sabetha] Family Practice physicians are currently accepting new patients,” Key said. “And at this point in time, the other physicians plan on providing continuing care to the patients of this community for years to come.”

Because of the Cerner electronic health record, Key said, patients’ records are available to other Sabetha Family Practice physicians, making care easily transferred within the practice.

Additionally, Key said, the hospital and family practice will be looking into what other options should be explored to address the loss of one of its practitioners. However, she does not expect to have any solid answers until early April.

“As soon as I know something definitive, I more than want to share that with the community,” Key said.

Practice

During medical school at the University of Kansas, Dr. Glynn spent three rotations in Sabetha, working alongside Dr. Wenger and Dr. Kennally, meeting patients and learning to be a family doctor.

“My partners continue to prioritize the education of medical students and exposure to life in a rural community,” she said. “I was one of the lucky medical students who came to appreciate small communities directly because of my rotations in Sabetha.”

Dr. Glynn and her family moved to Sabetha in June 2002 after she completed medical school and residency — a three-year training program specific to family medicine at St. Mary’s Family Practice Residency in Grand Junction, Colo.

Dr. Glynn said the practice of medicine in a small town teaches a provider many things, but forming relationships with people is and will remain the most important.

“We learn about the science of illness and the latest medical treatments; about the importance of effective communication; about electronic medical record keeping,” she said. “But most importantly, the practice of medicine is about forming relationships with people.”

“As Sabetha Community Hospital and Sabetha Family Practice look to the future of healthcare delivery, the relationship between the patient and his or her medical provider remains the highest priority,” she said. “My partners and I value the unique aspects of rural family medicine and understand that delivery of healthcare in small towns is different than that of bigger cities.”

Dr. Glynn said she is thankful for the time she has spent practicing medicine here in Sabetha, as well as the many relationships she has formed.

“It is with thanksgiving that I close out my 15th year of medical practice in Sabetha,” she said. “I am truly privileged to care for our patients at the hospital and clinic. I have been blessed to work in such a vibrant, caring, health-conscious community. The friendships I have made over the past years of work are what I value most.”

About Dr. Glynn

Dr. Glynn is originally from Norfolk, Neb. Her family moved to Kansas City when she was a junior in high school. She met her husband David at Bishop Miege High School, where she completed her high school education. She received her undergraduate education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she majored in English. She entered medical school in 1995.

Dr. Glynn and David have two children – Henry and Ellen. Henry is a junior and Ellen is a freshman at Sabetha High School.

David was hired earlier this month by Prairie Hills USD No. 113 for the principal position at Sabetha High School, which he will begin this summer.

“David and I look forward to the excitement and challenges that this change brings to our family,” Dr. Glynn said.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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