HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System has launched a new Ear, Nose and Throat program at the hospital. The clinic will be located in Suite 304 in the Miller Pavilion at HaysMed.

Several years ago, the only ENT specialist in Hays discontinued his practice, leaving no services available locally.

“The closure of that practice left a void for patients needing ENT services both here and in the region,” said Bryce Young, chief operating officer at HaysMed.

“We have been working diligently to find a solution and bring those services back to Hays.”

Joint collaboration between HaysMed and the health system resulted in identifying a group of specialists to provide clinic hours and surgeries in Hays the second and fourth Mondays and Tuesdays beginning March 26.

According to Young, the goal is to start with these services and then add another ENT specialist from the health system this summer to increase the number of days patients can be seen in the clinic.

“Early on in our affiliation with the health system, we identified establishing an ENT program as a high priority to meet local community needs,” Young said. “This is just one example of the advantages of being part of a larger health system and the benefits it brings to our patients in Hays and Western Kansas.”

ENT Specialists who will be seeing patients include Dr. Douglas E. Barnes, Dr. Michael D. Franklin, Dr. Matthew D. Glynn, Dr. Tyler C. Grindal, Dr. Scot D. Hirschi, Dr. Robert V. Lane and Dr. Jason A. Meyers. A full-time advanced practice provider is also being recruited.

Services covered will include allergy and sinus disorders; dizziness and balance disorders; ear disease and hearing loss; ear tubes; head and neck cancers; snoring and sleep apnea; swallowing and voice disorders; tonsils and adenoid surgery and thyroid and parathyroid diseases.

For more information or to make an appointment call (785) 650-2880 or visit haysmed.com/ent.