NRMC Welcomes New BHU Director


Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is pleased to announce the addition of Cindy Brannan as the director of its Behavioral Health Unit. 

“I believe Cindy was the perfect candidate for this position,” said Steve Branstetter, Chief Executive Officer at NRMC. “I’ve worked with her in years past and her experience in a similar setting at a larger facility will be a major asset for NRMC.”

Brannan brings more than 30 years of experience as a nurse, a majority of those in mental health and many as a director of behavioral health at Freeman Health System. Born and raised in Nevada, Brannan is a graduate of Nevada High School. She went on to complete her LPN at Nevada School of Practical Nursing in 1976 and began her first job at Nevada City Hospital. 

“In those days, hospital census was always full at about 110,” Brannan said. “LPNs did everything but start IVs and worked in every area.” 

In 1983 she began working at Heartland Behavioral Health Services, where she stayed for twelve years. During that time, she earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Fort Scott Community College, becoming a registered nurse. In 1997 Brannan started working at Freeman Health System (FHS), in behavioral health. She eventually became the director of both adult and geriatric behavioral health units. After about 19 years at FHS, Brannan was ready to work closer to home and took a position as a nurse at Nevada Mental Health for 4 years.

“Since 1983 I’ve worked in mental health and I like it,” says Brannan. “You’ve got to have the patience and desire to never give up on someone because you know they will improve if you do the right things.”

Though she devotes much of her time to her work, Brannan’s outside interests include homemaking, yard work, and spending time with her family including her husband, three grown sons, and grandkids.

The NRMC Behavioral Health Unit provides acute in-patient care for adults. For more information about this service, call (417) 448-3677 or visit


About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

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