Artesian Valley Health System has welcomed Merrill Hoover, MSN, FNP-BC, to their team of full-time providers. Hoover is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science in Nursing. She chose the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty because of her passion in caring for all ages, from newborns to the elderly.

Hoover comes to AVHS directly from Truman Medical Center in Kansas City where she worked for the last six years.

At Truman, Hoover worked in its emergency department which is a level 1 trauma center.

"A level 1 trauma center can accept anything, it’s the highest-level center available for emergencies," Hoover said. "I’ve worked with all levels of needs, from sniffles to gunshots, heart attacks, strokes and even baby deliveries.

"With trauma care, it’s all a team effort. Having a good system in place where everyone has a role makes a huge difference."

Hoover has several certifications, one being the ENPC certification for emergency nursing pediatric care.

Her passion for healthcare has been part of her since she was young. As soon as she could, she became a candy striper at Baptist Medical Center in Brookside when she was 12.

She enjoyed spending time with patients and transporting them around the hospital. She even loved wearing the candy striper uniform with pink stripes.

Prior to Truman Medical Center, Hoover worked in transplant care at the St. Lukes and KU hospitals in Kansas City for eight years, "Working in transplant care was a very meaningful part of my life, especially my years as a Transplant Coordinator," she said.

Hoover and her family are excited to be in Meade.

"This is our dream, to have land and be part of a small community," Hoover said. "We love animals, we have four dogs, three miniature ponies, two kittens and have plans to expand."

Hoover’s husband, Jon, is retired from a medical equipment company where he worked over 25 years being their very first employee. Their son, George, is four and just started pre-K in Meade, and he is head over heels about Mrs. Kroth.

"Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. When I called the school about enrolling George, they said, ‘Oh do you need help moving, we’ll help you move.’ We’re just overwhelmed and so thankful with the kindness people have shown to us," said Hoover.

Hoover was looking for exactly what AVHS has to offer.

"I love the variety of care I’ll get to provide here, seeing all ages at the clinic, ER and inpatient," she said. "As a provider, what matters most to me is making a connection with the patient and building a relationship with them.

"I’m looking forward to being part of their continuation of care as well as knowing and caring for their families."

Hoover is currently seeing patients at Meade Rural Health Clinic and beginning in March she’ll also start seeing patients at the Plains Rural Health Clinic.

To schedule an appointment with her, please call the Meade Clinic at 620-873-2112 or the Plains Clinic at 620-563-9313.