TOPEKA – Western Kansas District Judge Bruce Gatterman has been elected president of the Kansas District Judges Association, an organization open to all state district court judges.

Gatterman is chief judge of the 24th Judicial District, composed of Edwards, Hodgeman, Lane, Ness, Pawnee, and Rush counties.

He has served as a district judge and chief judge in the 24th Judicial District since 2003.

He has been a member of the Kansas Judicial Council Civil Code Advisory Committee since 2003.

Before becoming a district judge, he served as municipal judge for the city of Larned from 1980 to 2002. He was a partner in the law firm of Martin and Gatterman and was counsel for the Larned and Pawnee Heights school districts while maintaining a general law practice.

Gatterman is a native of Lewis and a longtime resident of Larned. He graduated from Kansas State University and Washburn University School of Law.

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GREAT BEND – The University of Kansas Health System announced that Dr. Mark Van Norden, DO, and his colleagues have moved from their family medicine offices at Great Bend Campus to their new location at the health system’s St. Rose Medical Pavilion.

The new location is on the second floor of St. Rose Medical Pavilion, 3515 Broadway Ave. The move does not affect Dr. Van Norden’s practice at A Healthy Choice Clinic in Larned.

The move provides additional staff to support the office, as well as more room, Van Norden said in a release.

“The offices and team at St. Rose Medical Pavilion will allow patients to enjoy even better continuity of care,” Dr. Van Norden explained. “There will be better coverage because we have new colleagues to help us satisfy our patients’ needs and answer their questions.”

The relocating staff includes Dodie Martin, PA, Kandi Willinger, RN, and Keshia Causey, RN.

The family medicine office is accepting new patients.

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GREAT BEND – Almost 20 years ago, Jackie Reed started caring for patients at what is now called Heart of Kansas Family Health Care. Now she is saying good-bye.

A come-and-go open house is 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, at Heart of Kansas, 1905 19th. Reed’s patients and the public are welcome to stop in and wish her well.

Nov. 15 is her last day.

Reed, advanced practice registered nurse, said her decision to leave was triggered by her husband’s recent open-heart surgery. The couple live in Wichita and it’s a two-hour commute.

Nevertheless, Reed cared for about 30 Heart of Kansas patients a day from Tuesday through Friday each week, staying with family while in Great Bend.

When Reed was hired in 2000, the name of the medical practice was We Care Clinic, which the Dominican Sisters started.

“Initially, we focused on caring for the medically underserved and the un-insured,” Reed recalled. “We started growing by adding more patients and more health-care providers. We were fortunate to become a Federally Qualified Health Center, which was a big step in terms of federal funding and incentives. Our mission is to take care of anybody and everybody, whether or not they can pay. That is my passion and it touches my heart.”

In some cases, Reed said, she has cared for up to four generations in a family.