Michelle McGuirk, MD Receives Board Certification by the American College of Surgeons

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is proud to announce Michelle McGuirk, MD – General Surgeon – has received her Board Certification by the American College of Surgeons.

“Being Board Certified is important to me and should be important to my patients and community. It’s a way of showing my dedication to reaching the highest standard of care – enabling optimal quality of care for my patients”, said McGuirk. Board Certification by the American College of Surgeons demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in their field.

Dr. McGuirk joined the CRMC medical staff in 2017 and brought the latest general surgery techniques and procedures to our facility. After working in basic-science research, as well as biomedical device engineering, Dr. McGuirk decided she wanted to see how her work could directly benefit patients. “I attended medical school so that I could interact with, and impact patients and their families,” said Dr. McGuirk.

Beginning in 2008, Dr. McGuirk attended the University of Colorado Medical School in Aurora. Following medical school, she moved to Wichita where she was a Senior Surgical Resident at the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education. She graduated from the program and moved to Coffeyville to practice as a General Surgeon at CRMC. “It’s just a great fit,” said Dr. McGuirk. “I want to stay in Coffeyville and make a noticeable impact. I feel very natural here and I have positive interactions with staff and providers here at CRMC.”

Aaron Russell, MD, General Surgeon joined Dr. McGuirk in the fall of 2018. They offer a wide range of surgical services at CRMC and are located in the Specialty Clinic on the third floor of CRMC. If you would like more information or to make an appointment, please call 620-252-1639.


Coffeyville Regional Medical Center plans to hold O.K. Kids Health and Safety Fair

This year Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is teaming up with our local Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Kansas to host a day camp and health fair for our youth in the community, Camp Blue Mission and O.K. Kids Health and Safety Fair. Our local Boys and Girls Club chapter provides a program called Keystone. Keystone is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program for youth ages 14 to 18. This unique program provides leadership development opportunities for youth to participate in activities, both in and out of the Club, in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to positively impact teens, their Club and local communities.

Each year, the Keystone group is in charge of a big project that helps the community and this year they are helping put on this event. During the day camp, the youth of Boys and Girls club will show what is offered at our local club. There will be a chance for some hands on learning and educational time.

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is excited to partner with our local youth and to continue to provide an educational event to our town of Coffeyville.

Camp Blue Mission and O.K. Kids Health and Safety Fair will be held the first Saturday in May.

Saturday, May 4, 2019


Field Kindley High School Gymnasium

Coffeyville, KS 67337

It is free, for children pre-school age and up, and is designed to educate kids about health and safety.  The “Under the Sea Adventure” is the theme this year and it is sure to be a lot of fun.

Exhibits will be set up both indoors and out.  Outdoor exhibits include police cars, fire trucks and ambulance.  A helicopter will also land during the event to let kids see the inside of a medical helicopter.

Indoors there will be lots of exhibits from area businesses and organizations.  Fun activities such as inflatable jumpers that the kids can bounce around in will be sure to keep them entertained.   Of course, OK Kids wouldn’t be same without the Kansas Kutie Clowns and their famous balloon hats. There will be tons of prizes that will be given away throughout the morning, including two bicycles. Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and The Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Kansas will be handing out goody bags to all kids who come to the event. Bring the kids out on Saturday, May 4th for a morning of fun and learning.


Coffeyville Regional Medical Center plans to hold April Session of Safesitter, babysitting course

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is offering Safesitter classes throughout the year on Saturdays. The first session will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9:30am until 4:30pm, located in the 4th Floor Conference Room at CRMC.  If you are interested in the April session, please register by Thursday, April 11th and pay at time of registration. Please bring a sack lunch as the class will go into the lunch hour. The cost of the program is $35, and registration is required.  Limited space available, if you would like to get your child registered please call 620-252-2201 or email Ashley Tatman at [email protected].

The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate instructional program which includes basic information on babysitting, first aid instruction, behavior management, and child development facts for children ages infant to school age.  The class is intended for both boys and girls 11 to 13 years old who are interested in babysitting.  The curriculum is extremely active and hands-on and features babysitting scenarios as a way for the participants to learn how to react to problems they may encounter while sitting with a child.

A large segment of the program concentrates on Infant and Child CPR and Choking Rescue.  Round table discussions are held to cover four aspects of babysitting:  Nap/Night time; Eating; Activities and Toileting. They receive information on child development and age appropriate activities.

Another large component of the program is centered on safety for the sitter.  Sitters are trained to check all references before accepting a job to protect them from going to a strange home.  They are taught to ask the important information they need when babysitting at someone else’s home in case of the need to contact either EMS, an available adult to help, or how to contact the parents if needed. They learn safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help.

The goal of Safe Sitter is to prepare young adolescents for the responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children, and to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters.

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center First in the Region to Offer Breast Health Nurse Navigator and Genius 3D Mammography Exams

[Coffeyville, Kansas]  Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is excited to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, and decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. “CRMC is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius exam, we provide a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening” says Lori Rexwinkle, CEO. “And having a Breast Health Nurse Navigator to guide our patients is an important missing piece for patients with abnormal mammograms.”

In conventional 2D Mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius 3D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius 3D exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius 3D exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%.
  • Only the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.
  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.

About Genius™ 3D Mammography™ Exams

The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. These structures can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a flat two-dimensional image. This confusion of overlapping of tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Using breast tomosynthesis technology, the Hologic system creates a 3-dimensional image of the breast structure, which enables radiologists to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.

The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D Mammography™ exams are now available in all 50 states and over 50 countries. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system.



It’s a new world when you are diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s why CRMC is pleased to announce the regions first Breast Health Nurse Navigator (BHNN), Christy McCullough, RN. In her new position, Christy will assist and guide women who have an abnormal mammogram to receive follow-up exams on a timely basis. She follows patients through treatment, recovery and rehabilitation planning. “I have a passion for women’s health and am excited to provide care and support to women of the region,” said McCullough. “The thought of breast cancer is scary, and I am here to help ease that stress and be here for the patient and their family members.”


For more information about our Breast Health Nurse Navigator or our Hologic Genius 3D Mammography Unit, please call Care Navigation Services at 620-252-2299. To make an appointment for your mammogram, please call 620-252-1523

Annual Spring Chicken 5K Walk/Run Scheduled at CRMC

The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation will hold the annual Spring Chicken 5K and Chicken Little 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Registration is available online at https://www.crmcinc.org/foundation/foundation-events/ or forms are available in the Hospital Lobby or from the Foundation Office. Registration fees are $10 for the Chicken Little 1 Mile Fun Run and $20 for the Spring Chicken 5k, participants who sign up before March 22 will receive an event t-shirt.

The Chicken Little 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 8:30am and take place on the walking path around CRMC. The 5K will begin at 9:00am at CRMC with the course route going through the west side of Coffeyville and returning to the Finish Line at CRMC at the corner of 4th and Wilkie. Participants can pick up their race packets beginning at 7:30am. The race will be professionally timed by Timer Guys, LLC. Awards will be given to the male and female who receive first place in their age division.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation. The CRMC Foundation provides support and financial assistance to CRMC to achieve and maintain excellence as a healthcare provider and leader in our region.

For more information please contact Cari Redden in the CRMC Foundation office at 620-252-1674 or [email protected]

CRMC Foundation Hosts Tree Lighting

Each year the CRMC Foundation lights the “Tree of Hope” to honor and remember those we hold dear to our hearts.  This year’s Tree of Hope is located in the lobby of the Jerry Marquette Radiation Oncology Center, all proceeds will benefit cancer treatment services at CRMC.

On Tuesday, November 27 a special tree lighting ceremony was held and honorary cancer survivor, Katy Raney, lit the beautiful evergreen adorned with sparkling gold angels bearing the names of loved ones and friends.  Guests enjoyed refreshments and special piano and string music provided by Faye Millen, Cy Smith, and Bradyn Smith.

The Tree of Hope will remain lit through the Holiday season.  Angels may be purchased for $5 through the CRMC Foundation Office.  For more information please contact Cari Redden, Director, at 620-252-1674 or [email protected]

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Welcomes Whitney Cline, DO, Board Certified Pediatrician, to the Medical Staff

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Whitney Cline, Board Certified Pediatrician, to our medical staff and CRMC family.

Dr. Cline is a 2005 graduate of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She completed her Pediatric Residency in 2008 at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (St. Francis Children’s Hospital) in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in 2011 at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OU Children’s Hospital) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

She is board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  After Fellowship, she practiced Neonatology in Springfield, Missouri at Cox Health South and in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Hillcrest Medical Center and St. John Medical Center for another six years.  This practice time was spent caring for premature and critically ill infants in a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) environment.

She most recently served as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma/University of Tulsa School of Community Medicine Pediatric Clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  In her pediatric practice there she cared for many children with special needs and high risk health conditions.  She has a special interest in patients with asthma, ADHD, complications of prematurity, end-of-life issues, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, physician-family interaction, as well as all other pediatric patient care.  She is currently practicing Pediatrics at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center in Coffeyville, Kansas.

She has two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson who all live in Oklahoma.  She is an operatically trained singer who enjoys singing all genres of music.  She also enjoys fishing, spending time with family, collecting antiques and art glass, making jewelry, painting, sewing, making crafts, lampwork glass bead making, writing.

She moved to Kansas in September of 2018 after meeting a Kansan and deciding to settle with him in southeastern Kansas.  She is looking forward to learning more about the communities she will call home in Kansas and serving the children of those communities.

Dr. Whitney Cline is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call:

  • CRMC Medical Group, 1400 W 4th Street in Coffeyville at 620-688-6566
  • CRMC Medical Group, 122 W. Myrtle in Independence at 620-577-4062

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Welcomes General Surgeon Aaron Russell, MD to the Medical Staff

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center welcomes Aaron Russell, MD to the medical staff. He completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 2013, and recently completed his General Surgery Residency at Texas A&M University in Temple, Texas (located north of Austin, Texas).   Prior to going to school to become a physician, Dr. Russell worked in Engineering at companies involved in research and development, some of which were working on medical advancements.

Asked why he decided to become a physician, Dr. Russell said, “My undergraduate degree was in Electrical Engineering.  I worked at Lockheed Martin in New Jersey for a year, and then Texas Instruments in Houston, Texas for the next five years.  I had friends in college who told me to do pre-med because I wouldn’t have to take many additional courses.  I initially told them that I hated biology in high school and didn’t want to do it again.  However, while I was working in New Jersey, I decided to take a night Biology course.  I loved it!  With my engineering background and learning how things work, I was completely enthralled by the sophisticated systems that were designed within our bodies to work in harmony with each other.  I chose surgery because I enjoyed the intimacy and connection the surgeon has with his or her patient.  The patient puts utmost trust in the surgeon to relieve their illness by placing their life in his or her hands.”

Dr. Russell chose to practice at CRMC because he said he liked Coffeyville from the moment he came here… “Everyone I interacted with was extremely caring and friendly.  It was evident that all the staff at CRMC was very proud of their facility and cared much about their patients.  I wanted to be in a facility in which that kind of atmosphere was very prevalent. Dr. Russell will be performing general surgery procedures such as gallbladders, appendectomies, hernias, colonic surgery and upper/lower endoscopy.

Dr. Russell has three children ages 12, 9 and 5.  His interests include programming and robotics.  He loves music, biking, golfing, and just enjoying the outdoors.

Dr. Russell is seeing patients at CRMC Medical Group Specialty Clinic located on the 3rd floor of Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. To schedule an appointment, call 620-252-1639.

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Welcomes Judy Carpenter, APRN, Family Medicine

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center would like to announce the addition of Judy A. Carpenter, Family Nurse Practitioner, to our provider staff.

Judy is no stranger to Coffeyville or to CRMC. She is a native of Coffeyville and graduated from Field Kindley High School. She has returned to her roots, most recently from Brea, California.

Judy received her RN degree from Neosho County Community College in Chanute, her BSN from the University of Phoenix, and her Maters of Science: Family Nurse Practitioner, from the University of Phoenix, Costa Mesa, California.

“My focus is on providing quality patient care and maintaining excellent communication with my patient and the healthcare team. And, I am extremely happy to be back at CRMC. I originally joined the hospital at the age of 16 as a medical assistant – now I’m here caring for the community I love.”

Judy will be seeing patients in both Coffeyville and Independence and is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call:

  • CRMC Medical Group, 1400 W 4th Street in Coffeyville at 620-688-6566
  • CRMC Medical Group, 122 W. Myrtle in Independence at 620-577-4062