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About Us

Morris County Hospital is a county‑owned, not-for‑profit, 21 bed critical access hospital located in historic Council Grove, Kansas. Personal, high tech care is available to all ages from the newborn to the elderly. We believe the support process is very important to the healing process and we encourage the patient and their family to be involved in decisions and care.

Message from the Administration...

Welcome to Morris County Hospital.

We at Morris County Hospital are dedicated to providing quality healthcare, professionally and compassionately, with the latest in technology. As you navigate our web site you will learn about the quality care, highly trained and compassionate doctors, nurses, and other professional staff as well as the wide range of services that we offer.


We are very proud to be recognized as one of the 32 top performing Critical Access Hospitals in the nation.There are 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals and we are ranked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as one of the top 32 based on National performance benchmarks.

Morris County and the surrounding areas are very fortunate to have as wide a range of healthcare services and highly qualified professional staff available locally.

We thank you for trusting us to care for you and your loved ones.

Kevin A. Leeper

CEO, Morris County Hospital


Our History

In 1917 the first hospital of Morris County was established by Dr. Bert Elba Miller. It was called the Council Grove Hospital. It was an old house remolded with 10 patient rooms and staffed by Dr. B. E. Miller and two nurses, Bell Benson, RN and Gladys Stillman, RN. Over the years Doctors James Woodmansee and C.C. Kerr joined him in practice in the county Dr. William McCunniff, Dr. Roy Drake, Dr. Robert W. Blackburn & Dr. B.A. Yost.

On the hospitals first board of trustees appointed by the County Commissioners were Frank Warnica, George Blythe, W.E. Hembrow, and R.E. Griffith. An architect was hired July 1947 to draw plans for a hospital on North Washington Street, Council Grove. A petition circulated requesting that the county take over the Dr. Miller Hospital. F. D. Ferguson was instrumental in this petition and presented it to the County Commissioners, on October 11, 1948. The Commissioners rejected the request but reversed the decision in December 1948. The county took over the operations of the Council Grove Hospital (Dr. Miller’s Hospital) in January 1949.

After 8 years of planning the Hospital on the hill was started. The project was to cost $419,885. May 1953 the hospital received $167,954 in Federal Funding and $253,375 in county funding. The ground breaking was held on May 25, 1953. The building was dedicated August 22, 1954 and patients were moved from the (Miller Hospital) Council Grove Hospital to the Morris County Hospital.


Additions were added in 1958, 1978, 1994, 2001, 2006, and 2011. With the addition of physicians, the space was running out. There were great changes in technology in health care since the 1960’s. Back then, nearly all hospitals were 100 percent inpatient services. Times had changed; 80-85% of patients were treated as outpatients in 2000. On March 15, 2001 Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Morris County Hospital Renovation/Expansion Project was held for the largest expansion project. The renovation project estimated at 6.3 mil. took three years.

In 2007, the Morris County Hospital became a Critical Access Hospital. In February 2007 the Foundation held a Capital Campaign. The Campaign funds to be used to purchase the Electronic Medical Records System, CT Scanner, Mammography Machine, PACS system (Picture Archival Computer System) MRI and an addition to the Family Health Center to accommodate the physicians, patients and staff.

Morris County Hospital continues to keep up with modern technology and provide services at our hospital so patients don’t have to travel great distance for care and therapy.

Board of Directors


Tom J. Moxley


Steve Morgan


Sarah Cosgrove

Vice Chairman

David Senne


Angela Schwerdtfeger


Angela Harris


Marty Wright

Morris County Hospital Foundation

The Morris County Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1987 by the Morris County Hospital Board. The goal of the Foundation is to raise funds for the support of Morris County Hospital and its programs in Morris County and the surrounding areas. Since the beginning, the Foundation has purchased or built three satellite clinics, providing services in Alta Vista, White City, and Cottonwood Falls.  The foundation has raised money for the hospital including the latest Emergency Room Expansion/Renovation Project 2018. This project also included the OB Rooms, two ADA Rooms, Helipad Ambulance, and a Secure Room. The Foundation is currently helping to raise funds for a 3D Mammography machine that we hope to purchase in 2023 for the Radiology department.

MCH Foundation Mission Statement

The Morris County Hospital Foundation is organized for the benefit of the Morris County Hospital.

For more information on how to give a gift to the Morris County Hospital, contact the Executive Director, Stacy Zeigler. She would be happy to meet with you at your convenience to talk with you about these options for giving. You can reach her by email at or call 620-767-6811, ext. 148.

Morris County Hospital Auxiliary

The Morris County Hospital Auxiliary was founded in 1986. The goal was to make positive supporting contributions to the hospital and the community by helping assist the staff in providing the best patient care possible.

MCH Auxiliary Mission Statement

The purpose of the Morris County Hospital Auxiliary shall be to act as an advocate for the Morris County Hospital. The Auxiliary shall assist the Hospital Staff in promoting the health and welfare of the community and shall engage in fund raising activities to benefit the Hospital.

What kind of activities & projects 
does the Auxiliary sponsor?

Pediatric Projects

Every child who is a patient at Morris County Hospital receives a pediatric bag with a stuffed toy or color books and crayons. The toy choice depends on age appropriateness.


The Auxiliary awards two scholarships to Morris County students who are pursuing careers in a medically related field such as Nursing, Lab, Radiology, Physical Therapy, Etc. Scholarship applications can be picked up from an auxiliary member at Morris County Hospital.


Each year, the Auxiliary along with the hospital staff choose an educational topic to present to the community.

Fund Raisers

The Auxiliary raises money in order to buy items needed by the hospital through fund raising events throughout the year:

  • Gift Shop - all proceeds from the Gift Shop are used to fund hospital projects.

  • Bake-less Sale - you may make a donation instead of baking.

  • R.A.D.A Cutlery Sales

Who can join the Auxillary?

You may call the hospital information desk or contact any Auxiliary member and they can provide you with information.

  • The dues are $5.00 a year (payable to Membership Chairman).

  • Meetings are held the last Monday of each month, at 9:30 a.m. in the Eberle Conference Room at the Morris County Hospital.

  • Members and guests are always welcome to attend.


For more information, or to become a member please call 620-767-6811.

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