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Dr. Joleen resigns

Charley Najacht
Published: Thursday, June 5th, 2014

By Charley Najacht
“It’s hard and will be hard from here out. I didn’t take this decision lightly,” said Dr. Joleen Falkenburg. 
The younger half of the Falkenburg doctor sisters in Custer turned in her resignation to Custer Regional Hospital CEO Veronica Schmidt Monday. She has served the medical community here for the past eight years.
It will be an emotional ride for Dr. Joleen in the next three months here.
In about 90 days she will be the lone full-time physician in Lusk, Wyo., which will cut her daily commuting  time about in half.
Travel time from the northern Nebraska ranch she and her husband, Bryan Lange, own near Harrison is about an hour and a half to Custer. Her commute from the ranch to Lusk will be about 45 minutes.
“It’s scary. I’ve never been big on change,” Joleen said.
“It will be nice to drop the kids off at school and pick them up after school,” she said.
“That will make Bryan happy. He’s probably tired of being a school bus driver,” she said with a smile.
Bryan transports daughter Blaise and son Brody to school in Harrison, about 20 minutes from the ranch, every day in his pickup. He then takes younger Baxter with him on his ranch duties. Monday the two were turning out bulls for the breeding season.
“He goes everywhere with him,” Joleen said.
Both of the Falkenburg sisters graduated from the University of South Dakota Medical School.
After Joleen completed her residency duties at Rapid City Regional, she initially wanted to go to Hot Springs. About this same time, Dr. Denise Hannish left Custer so there was an opening for a doctor here.

“It’s hard and will be hard from here out. I didn’t take this decision lightly,” said Dr. Joleen Falkenburg. 

The younger half of the Falkenburg doctor sisters in Custer turned in her resignation to Custer Regional Hospital CEO Veronica Schmidt Monday. She has served the medical community here for the past eight years.

It will be an emotional ride for Dr. Joleen in the next three months here.

In about 90 days she will be the lone full-time physician in Lusk, Wyo., which will cut her daily commuting  time about in half.

Travel time from the northern Nebraska ranch she and her husband, Bryan Lange, own near Harrison is about an hour and a half to Custer. Her commute from the ranch to Lusk will be about 45 minutes.

“It’s scary. I’ve never been big on change,” Joleen said.

“It will be nice to drop the kids off at school and pick them up after school,” she said.

“That will make Bryan happy. He’s probably tired of being a school bus driver,” she said with a smile.

Bryan transports daughter Blaise and son Brody to school in Harrison, about 20 minutes from the ranch, every day in his pickup. He then takes younger Baxter with him on his ranch duties. Monday the two were turning out bulls for the breeding season.

“He goes everywhere with him,” Joleen said.

Both of the Falkenburg sisters graduated from the University of South Dakota Medical School.

After Joleen completed her residency duties at Rapid City Regional, she initially wanted to go to Hot Springs. About this same time, Dr. Denise Hannish left Custer so there was an opening for a doctor here.

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