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Palmer comes home to care for Pawnee Valley Medical Associates patients
Marley Palmer, RN

A Larned native is now caring for and treating her hometown neighbors at Pawnee Valley Medical Associates (PVMA), 713 W. 11th.

Marley Palmer, registered nurse, is performing her nurse-practitioner clinicals at PVMA, which is part of Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. Her goal is to become a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and serve as a family nurse practitioner.

“I am so glad to be at the Pawnee Valley clinic; I love taking care of our hometown people,” Palmer said. “I know many of our patients not only because I grew up here but also because I served as a clerk and Certified Pharmacy Technician at Reed Pharmacy during high school and college.”

Palmer currently is working side-by-side with Haley Gleason, advanced practice registered nurse. Next semester, she will continue with her primary-care clinical training alongside Heather Holaday, DNP.

“I am fortunate to pursue my training with these two professionals,” Palmer commented. “They demonstrate every day that they are dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare for their patients.”

Previously, Palmer’s clinical training included pediatrics at Great Bend Children’s Clinic; rural healthcare at Edwards County Medical Center; and internal medicine at McPherson Center for Health.

Palmer earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Fort Hays State University in May 2019. She began her graduate studies in June of that year in the FHSU DNP family practitioner program. She is scheduled to graduate next May.

After receiving her bachelor’s, Palmer moved to Kearney, Neb., where she worked as an RN at Kearney Regional Medical Center on the Progressive Care Unit for more than two years.

“Then I moved home to Larned and began working as an RN at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital,” Palmer said. “Over the summer, I also worked at Pawnee Valley Medical Associates as a clinic RN.

“While I enjoy all aspects of primary care, I have a special interest in pediatrics and cardiology. During leisure hours I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the lake and concerts, and living life in a small town.”

Her parents are Jon and Terry Palmer.

Melanie Urban, PVCH administrator, said “Pawnee Valley Community Hospital is excited about this opportunity to be part of Marley’s education. We are proud to be an educational partner and offer clinical experiences to students in our local community.

“Marley is a perfect fit for this partnership,” Urban added. “She cares deeply about her hometown and the surrounding area. We are fortunate that she is here to offer high-quality care to our patients and families, while continuing her advanced education.”

Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, 923 Carroll in Larned, is a 25-bed facility, offering many services not typically available in a smaller facility. Included are 24/7 emergency care; acute, skilled and specialized nursing; surgery; high-tech imaging and laboratory tests; rehabilitation; and sleep and diagnostic center. The Pawnee Valley Medical Associates clinic, 713 W. 11th, provides the full range of family-medicine services; physician-assisted weight loss; and women’s health services. The hospital’s number is 620-285-3161; the clinic’s number is 620-804-6007.