Archive for April 2017

Power, Speed and Agility Camp

Coming again this Summer: The HCHS Rehab Department assisted by the Alma HS Coaching Staff is offering a 6 week long Power, Speed and Agility Camp to students from all area schools.

Your youth athlete will be instructed by knowledgeable and experienced coaches and trainers that have been well educated in the movement patterns and biomechanics of top athletes.  Efficiency in movement can decrease the risk for common sports related injuries, provide good technique and mechanics, strength, stability, control and flexibility.

 Camp activities will help the student athlete to improve their form and speed, provide skills to improve quickness, techniques to enhance explosiveness, methods to improve balance and coordination and assist in conditioning by improving linear and lateral acceleration and deceleration, change of direction mechanics, jumping and landing mechanics and neuromuscular coordination to help prevent future injury.

In addition to improving the athletic performance of your child, they will have a great time attending the Cardinal Power, Speed and Agility Camp

Sign up by May 20th by emailing:  or  sign up at the Rehab Department at HCHS in Alma


Dr. J. Michael Finkner joins Harlan County Health System as an Employed Physician

Dr. Finkner is by no means a new face to the patients in Alma. He was in private practice in Alma from 1980-1988 and has in recent years been assisting with clinic and emergency room on-call duties. Much to the excitement and pleasure of the HCHS Board of Trustees and Administration Dr. Finkner has recently chosen to join HCHS as an employee. He will be available to see patients in the Alma clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting in July.
When asked what prompted his decision to become an employee of Harlan County Health System, Dr. Finkner stated that he has always maintained a love for our community and feels a true calling to finish out the last 7-10 years of his medical practice here in Alma.
Dr. John Michael Finkner graduated with honors from University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine in 1975. He practiced in Alma from 1980 – 1988 and then became the Director of Emergency Physicians at Good Samaritan Hospital for the next 18 years. His extensive background in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine gives him a broad range of experience that he will continue to share with the patients of Harlan County Health System.
Originally from Minden, Dr. Finkner lives in Kearney with his wife Kathy. The couple has four adult children, and 14 grandchildren, all under the age of 10. Dr. Finkner enjoys competitive running, fishing, landscaping, shopping with his wife, traveling and visiting his grandchildren.
Dr. Finkner will be taking over duties of Dr. Michelle Durr, who will end her services with HCHS in July.


Dr. Cameron Knackstedt appointed President of the Kansas Osteopathic Foundation.

Dr. Cameron Knackstedt, D.O. at Harlan County Health System recently attended a meeting of the Kansas Association of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Convention. At the convention he was appointed to the position of President of the Kansas Osteopathic Foundation. In 2013 he was awarded a Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. During the UCME program, Dr. Knackstedt (Dr. K) attended medical lectures on medical topics such as advanced heart failure and transplant, geriatrics, maternal fetal medicine, Association healthcare update, two lectures on diabetes, hematological malignancies and cellular therapeutics, inpatient rehab in rural areas, newer approaches to sleep apnea, Lewy Body Dementia, NASH fatty liver disease, and emerging flaviviral pathogens. During the convention he was also reacquainted with former medical students that are now physicians and other banquets at the convention.

Dr. Knackstedt has been employed as physician at Harlan County Health System since April 2011. He cares for patients at Heartland Family Medicine Clinic in Alma and Oxford, the Alma Hospital and the Alma Good Samaritan Society nursing home.