Combining innovative thinking with Western heritage, Dodge City is a place rich in history and prepared for the future. It’s a community that combines history, legends, famous landmarks and a colorful past with a bustling business center and family-friendly living.
Western Plains Medical Complex is a Joint Commission-accredited, 99-bed hospital that serves as a regional referral center for southwest Kansas. Western Plains provides health services that include Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology, a Cardiac Cath Lab and Cardiac Rehabilitation. We have imaging and diagnostic radiology services including a 64-slice CT, GE Lunar Bone Densitometer, Ultrasound, Digital Mammography and Stereotactic biopsy, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, 24-hr. Emergency Care, a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit, Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Level II Nursery, Nutrition Counseling, Occupational Medicine, Respiratory Therapy, a Sleep Disorders Center, Social Services, Women’s Services and ongoing community education.
Western Plains Medical Complex is the only hospital in Southwest Kansas to earn the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. We are also recognized as a Mission Lifeline STEMI receiving facility, as well as a Certified Stroke Emergent facility.
We have a Women’s Center which has four labor/delivery rooms and six mother/baby rooms as well as its own set of surgery suites for C-sections. It is a Level II Nursery. We average about 780 deliveries per year. We also have a hospital-owned free-standing Surgery Center for those procedures that do not require full hospital support.
The colorful history of Dodge City began with the opening of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821. Today, Dodge City celebrates its western heritage every year during Dodge City Days; a two-week extravaganza that features one of the largest rodeos in the nation, arts and crafts, fairs, parades, street dances, BBQ contests and much more. The city also features a repertory dinner theater, arts center and several museums.
Dodge City is proud to have one of the finest public school systems in Kansas. Dodge City Community College prepares more than 2,400 students in a wide range of academic fields, ranging from accounting to pre-veterinary medicine. Ft. Hays State University and Kansas State University offer bachelor’s degree completion programs through the EduKan Distance learning program. Master’s degree completion and adult continuing-education programs are also available. Newman University (based in Wichita, Kansas) offers bachelor’s degree completion programs in education, business and other specialties.
- Excellent school systems (including parochial)
- Affordable, plentiful housing
- An extremely low crime rate
- An average of 260 days of sunshine a year
Whether you enjoy golf, tennis, hunting, fishing, bowling, camping, dancing or auto racing, the recreational opportunities in and around Dodge City are virtually unlimited. Dodge City Raceway Park features a full calendar of auto racing as well as a 3,500-seat main grandstand. Completed in the summer of 2000 at a cost of $3.2 million, Legends Park is a state-of-the-art baseball facility, one of Kansas’ premier four-field multi-use complexes. The city also boasts a first-class soccer complex. Dodge City also has a challenging 18-hole private golf course and country club, and an 18-hole municipal course and driving range. The famous ski resorts of Colorado are within easy driving distance, and hunters from around the country journey to southwest Kansas to enjoy excellent upland game bird and deer hunting.
- Excellent hunting and other outdoor activities with a 450-acre lake and recreational area
- Numerous cultural and recreational amenities including: two beautiful golf courses, community civic center, repertory theater company, The Depot Theatre, and a new casino and arena /events center, which draws national acts to Dodge City
- One of the country’s largest national rodeos, the Round Up Rodeo
- Many historical community attractions, including the Boot Hill Museum