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Improving Health

Evolving to Meet Your Needs

We’re committed to providing remarkable care to our communities, which means we take a proactive, collaborative approach to help you achieve and maintain your highest level of health possible. Our wide range of services continue to evolve to meet the ever‐ changing healthcare environment, and your needs across every stage of life.

Simply put, AdventHealth Ottawa, formerly Ransom Memorial Health,  is a not‐for‐profit, 44‐bed acute care facility that also delivers a wide range of outpatient and surgical healthcare services to improve the health of families and individuals across Franklin County and its surrounding areas. We’re accredited by several major healthcare‐related organizations, which reflects our commitment to care.

About Us

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Our Accreditations

We’ve been accredited by The Joint Commission and the top 6, a testament to our desire to offer the best care possible to our patients. Such accreditations recognize that we are following the best recommended practices within the healthcare industry.

  • 2019 – Top 100 Community Hospital (iVantage Health Analytics)
  • 2018 – Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award Winner
  • 2018 – High 5 for Mom & Baby Recognized Hospital (High 5 Kansas)
  • The Joint Commission National Quality Gold Seal
  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) Accredited Facility
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Accredited Facility
  • The Joint Commission Accredited Laboratory
  • FDA Certified Blood Bank
  • Rural Health Care Clinic Accreditation – RMH Specialty Care
  • Rural Health Care Clinic Accreditation – RMH Family Medicine Wellsville
  • 2018 – Recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care (BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas)
  • 2017 – Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award Winner
  • 2017 – Women’s Choice Award for Emergency Care (The Voice of Women)
  • 2016 – Top 20 Rural Hospital (National Rural Health Association)
  • 2016 – Top 100 Community Hospital (iVantage Health Analytics)
  • 2016 – Kansas Trauma Center Designation, Level IV
  • 2016 – Women’s Choice Award for Emergency Care (The Voice of Women)
  • 2016 – High 5 for Mom & Baby Recognized Hospital (High 5 Kansas)
  • 2016 – Grade A Hospital Safety Score (Leapfrog)
  • 2016 – Recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care (BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas)
  • 2009 – A Designated Five Star Hospital
  • 2008 – Press Ganey Most Improved Award
  • 2008 – A Designated Five Star Hospital
  • 2008 – Top 100 Hospital, Nationally Ranked #27
  • 2007 – A Designated Five Star Hospital
  • 2006 – A Designated Five Star Hospital
  • 2005 – Top 100 Hospital Performance Improvement Leader
  • 2004 – A Designated Five Star Hospital

If you have any questions about our accreditations, please call 785-229‐8309.

Our History

AdventHealth Ottawa, formerly Ransom Memorial Health, began operation in the spring of 1931 through a generous gift by Mr. & Mrs. A.L. Cook and matched with money raised by the community. The small, two‐story building was staffed by eleven employees that practiced personalized, family‐oriented medical care. In 1954, funds were raised and a new wing was added to the southeast corner of the facility, opening in 1956. Expansion continued in 1968 when a third floor was added to the southeast wing and again in 1974 when the west wing was built.

For the next 15 years the hospital did not take on any major renovations or expansion projects. In 1990 the south half of the original and first addition wing were torn down and replaced with a new building, opening in December of 1991. The remaining north half was removed in 1992.

A stroll through the main hallway of the new building today, speaks to the legacy of yesterday. Portraits of those dedicated individuals who served this community and retired their practices in Ottawa are available for viewing. Take a moment to visit this celebration of our medical past.

A generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Cook and was matched with money raised by the community helped AdventHealth Ottawa open its doors, a small, two story building, with a full staff of 11 employees.

A new wing was added to the south east corner of the original building. This renovation opened in 1956.

Expansion continued when a third floor was added to the southeast wing.

A new building was added to the hospital campus. The building housed patient units, a laboratory, radiology department, and an emergency department.

The original hospital was no longer practical for patient care needs and was demolished.

An outpatient and surgical wing were added to the “new” building built in 1973.

A renovation of the Emergency Department took place adding an additional emergency room and a triage room, as well as changing the entrance and look of the waiting room.

RMH expanded services to Wellsville with the opening of Wellsville Family Medical Clinic

Baldwin Medical Clinic was opened.

Construction began on a new Family Birth Place and four new surgery suites as well as renovations to the in-patient unit and new ICU.

Express Care Clinic was opened.

The Raymond & Marguerite Gibson Medical Arts Building was opened to provide RMH with an additional, modern healthcare facility.

AdventHealth Ottawa Cancer Care (a collaboration between AdventHealth Ottawa and Lawrence Memorial Hospital) was opened to provide local access to quality cancer care.

A beautifully renovated space allowed for the opening of the Surgical Clinic of Ottawa and Women’s Health of Ottawa. A Southeast entrance with parking was established.

Grand opening of the new Emergency Department. The 16,000 square foot addition to the northwest corner of the Emergency Department features 12 treatment rooms with the ability to flex up to 14 exam rooms, which includes two critical care treatment rooms and two trauma rooms.

Board of Trustees

AdventHealth Ottawa Board of Trustees

  • John Coen
  • Diane Drake
  • Wayne Duderstadt ‐ Chairman
  • Dr. Kenneth Frank
  • Keith Gaeddert
  • Phil Gibson
  • Janet Peters

AdventHealth Ottawa Ex-Officio Members

  • Kelli Boetel – RMH Assistant CCO
  • Kaci Brady ‐ Director of Foundation
  • Moyer Bunting ‐ RMH CFO
  • Pam Harris – RMH Physician Enterprise
  • Jenise Hepner ‐ RMH Accountant
  • Matt Heyn ‐ RMH CEO
  • Lisa Johnson – RMH CLO
  • Sue Martin – RMH HR Director
  • Dr. Bud Ransom – RMH Chief of Staff
  • Doug Rich – RMH COO
  • Stacy Steiner – RMH CCO
  • Colt Waymire – Franklin Co. Commissioner
  • Angeline Wootten ‐ Auxiliary President
AdventHealth Ottawa Administration

Matt Heyn - President, Chief Executive Officer

Stacy Steiner - Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer

Ben Canther - Financial Management Services

Doug Rich - Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Johnson - Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

Pam Harris - Vice President, Physician Enterprise

Kelli Boetel - Executive Director, Assistant CCO

Kaci Brady - Executive Director, Foundation

Charitable Association

About The AdventHealth Ottawa Foundation

Formed in 1991, the AdventHealth Ottawa Foundation, formerly Ransom Memorial Health Charitable Association, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that strives to advance patient healthcare in Franklin County. Through generous donors and community supporters, the charitable association is able to partner with AdventHealth Ottawa in purchasing the most up-to-date medical equipment to provide the highest quality of healthcare possible to persons living in Franklin County and the surrounding areas.

The AdventHealth Ottawa Foundation Mission

The Mission of the AdventHealth Ottawa Foundation is to support AdventHealth Ottawa in providing Remarkable Care.

Patient & Family Advisory Council

Patient and Family Engagement (PFE) is very important to AdventHealth Ottawa. It offers a promising pathway toward higher quality health care, more efficient care and improved overall population health.  Engagement meaning consultation, collaboration and partnership between patient and families with staff to improve the care to our patients.

Patient Engagement is a concept that will help to redesign our health care systems. A Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) partners patients and families with members of the healthcare team to provide guidance on how to improve the patient and family experience. Through their unique experiences, they give input on issues that impact care, ensuring that the next patient or family member’s journey is improved.

Five ways that patient and family engagement can directly impact our hospital per the Health Educational Research and Trust organization is:

  • Contributes to better clinical outcomes
  • Reduces institutional and individual costs of care
  • Increases adherence to recommended treatment regiments, which can lead to fewer complications and re-hospitalizations
  • Improves patient satisfaction with care coordination
  • Enables compliance with patient engagement requirements included in meaningful use and medical home models.

Patient Engagement allows AdventHealth Ottawa to provide care that is respectful of, responsive to patient and family needs, preferences and values. The mission of the AdventHealth Ottawa Patient & Family Advisory Council is aligned with AdventHealth Ottawa's mission, vision and values as below. The PFAC is dedicated to ensuring that our patient and families have a safe, high quality, compassionate and supported health care experience.

Our Patient and Family Advisory Council serves in the role of patient and family advocacy and collaborates with the hospital staff to improve the overall quality of care and the patient experience at AdventHealth Ottawa.

PFAC is a VALUABLE resource to AdventHealth Ottawa!

Effective PFACs become an irreplaceable resource for organizational insight and guidance – providers, staff and leaders rely on the PFAC. They are the…..voice of the customer!

Community Health Assessment

Community Health Assessment 2017

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