Health System Emergency Department Staff Grows to Meet Demand


Sarah Christopherson, APRN

As The University of Kansas Health System continues to strengthen its patient care teams in Great Bend, it welcomes Sarah Christopherson, APRN, a family nurse practitioner and certified flight and emergency nurse, to the Emergency Department care team.


Before earning her Master of Science degree in nursing, Christopherson spent 15 years as a critical care nurse. She enjoys the fast pace and unpredictable environment of the Emergency Department, which allows her to use her past experiences in critical care, along with her more recent training as a nurse practitioner.


“I have a special interest in patients who require advanced critical care,” Christopherson says, “with an emphasis on cardiac arrest and sepsis management.”


Christopherson earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Fort Hays State University and her Master of Science in nursing – family nurse practitioner at Maryville University. She strives to treat patients with kindness and respect and treat the patient’s disease process rather than only the symptoms.


As demand for services at the Great Bend Campus Emergency Department continues to grow, the emergency care team continues to add staff members to meet their patients’ needs. In 2021, the Emergency Department was used more than 8,900 times, 9% more visits than 2020.