Ellinwood District Hospital History

A $75,000 bond issue election passed on March 21, 1951 allowed the board to build the hospital, although donations were necessary to equip the facility.  The dedication was held October 19, 1952 and the hospital opened the next day.

It was designed for 24 patients, plus 8 cribs in the nursery.  In 1952 a semi-private room cost was $9.50 a day and a private room was $14.00.  The east wing and Sisters’ home (currently Ellinwood Hospital Clinic) was built in 1953.  The north Medical Arts building was constructed in 1957.  The sisters of St. Joseph, Wichita originally ran the hospital from 1952-1961.  Due to financial difficulties the sisters terminated their agreement with Ellinwood District Hospital.

Great Plains Lutheran Hospitals, Inc began operation of the facility on April 1, 1962. A total of 1,211 babies were born from 1952 until deliveries were discontinued in August 1972. Since that time Great Plains was reorganized and renamed GPHA, Inc. There are 5 board members of Ellinwood District Hospital, an average number of employees is 70.  The hospital status was changed to Critical Access Hospital in 1998 after being designated a 12-bed Rural Primary Care Hospital.

Today Ellinwood District Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital with 2 ER beds and the Facility provides inpatient acute care, skilled swing bed, and intermediate swing bed care.  Facility offers numerous outpatient services including 24-hour emergency rooms, full service laboratory, radiology, CT, mobile mammography, mobile US/sonography, mobile MRI, Physical and Occupational therapy for all ages.



Ellinwood Rural Health Clinic

The Ellinwood Rural Health Clinic opened on December 1, 1993. Ellinwood Rural Health Clinic will be celebrating 20 years of service to the Ellinwood community this year. Providers on staff include Charlie Joslin, MD and Christopher Brown, MD. The clinic specializes in Family Medicine and will see patients from newborn across the age span to geriatric. Providing a close relationship between patient and provider.

Appointments usually same or next day.
All Providers accepting new patients.


Board of Directors

  • Diann O’Neal, President
  • Lloyd Kurtz, Treasurer/Secretary
  • David Gonzales
  • Marvin Sessler
  • Joyce Schulte