The hospital and clinic that comprise Kiowa County Hospital District play a vital role in the community and lives of the people who look to KCHD for their health care needs. When a patient goes to the clinic, attention and interactions are completely focused on his or her situation and well-being, and that is exactly as it should be. At the same time, it’s always nice for people to know something about both the operations of the clinic where they go for their health care and the people who provide those services.
With that in mind, over the next several weeks, the Eads Medical Clinic will be providing brief profiles of the professionals and paraprofessionals on staff. This week’s article focuses on Marni Rouse, Clinic Director/Manager.
I had the great privilege to be born and to grow up in this rural town in southeastern Colorado. I actually grew up on a farm 20 miles northwest of Eads. My parents (George & Jean Jacobs) were well known members of the community. I rode the school bus to and from school every day for 12 years. There were no sports programs for girls during that time, but I was a devout member of the Pep Club led by Eads’ own Ms. Doris Lessenden. I was also involved in our Student Council, a member of the Honor Society and a class officer during my high school years. Some of my favorite teachers are still well known members of our small rural community. Mr. Bill Woelk, Mr. Bob Woods and Ms. Doris Lessenden all had a part in helping form the person that I am today.
I attended college at Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo (now CSU Pueblo). I worked for Jefferson County Public Schools for 17 years in the Data Processing Department and earned my way into management for the last 10 of those years. For the next three years, I went to work at the Federal Center in Minerals Management Services processing Oil and Gas leases. I also taught Adult Education night classes in Data Processing.
During that timeframe, I was married and had three wonderful children: Kelli (Jensen), Chad (Rouse) and John (Rouse). In 1990, I made the decision to return to my roots, choosing small hometown rural life to raise those three children along with the help of family. I worked for the Soil Conservation District for a year and then worked for the Eads Medical Clinic from 1991 to 1996.
When I first worked at the clinic, everything was still done with pen and paper. But times change, and I helped implement computer processing for the clinic and the hospital. That was the beginning of a whole new era.
In 1996, I left the clinic due to family matters and later went to school to get my Manicurist license. I then started my own Nail business.
I was able to return to Eads Medical Clinic in March of 2007. The clinic has always had my heart, passion and dedication in helping to offer the best healthcare possible to our community. I started as receptionist and now am the Director/Manager. From the time I first started to present day operations, I have seen a lot of changes take place to keep a clinic and a hospital’s doors open to continue to give healthcare in rural communities. The regulations have become so demanding that a clinic struggles to keep up with all the changes and still be able to give quality care to the patients.
In 2005, Eads Medical Clinic became a Rural Health Clinic (RHC), which is a clinic located in a rural, medically underserved area in the United States that has a separate reimbursement structure from the standard medical office under the Medicare & Medicaid Programs. It is a full time task to keep compliant with all the rules and regulations demanded for reimbursement. This is part of my job in the clinic along with keeping Policies and Procedures up-to-date, complying with Emergency Preparedness demands, staying current on all Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations, HCPF requirements with the new Regional accountable entities, meaningful use measures, etc. I also do administrative duties such as hiring, evaluations, disciplinary actions and terminations, provider scheduling and fill in where needed in someone’s absence.
All three of my children graduated from Eads High School. I have eight grandchildren. Three of my grandchildren also graduated from Eads High School and one granddaughter will graduate from Burlington High School the end of the next school year in 2020. I’m looking forward to watching my four youngest grandchildren, two girls and two boys who range in age from 4 years old to 2 years old, go all through school here in Eads, as well. I truly believe that small town school and community offer so much to children, not only academically but in helping to develop them into responsible adults.
My children, their spouses and my grandchildren fill my heart with joy every day.
I married my husband, Bud Adamson, on Christmas Eve 2010. We dated for several years before actually tying the knot. He completes me. We are a team. I can’t think of another person I would want to grow old with. However, I’m not old yet. 😊
I love to cook as most everyone knows. When I first moved back to Eads, I had a Mexican Food booth at the County Fair every year for 11 years. I also cooked at the local restaurant for about a year and helped in the kitchen at the school cafeteria before coming back to work at the clinic. I love to have family dinners especially on Sundays with all of my children and their children plus friends and families. It is always a good time.
I love to read, and I belong to the local Bookaholics book club. I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles when time allows, and my newest interest is teaching myself to decorate sugar cookies. Believe me, it’s a work in progress. But I truly am enjoying it.
Still, my biggest passion of all is to do everything I can to keep our clinic and hospital open to serve our community with the best healthcare possible. It is a continuous effort on all our parts if we want to keep our doors open.