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Rural Recruitment Reimagined

Rural Recruitment Reimagined Workshop

Thursday, September 26, 2019

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Wichita
Wichita, KS

$149 Early Bird Special runs through August 31, 2019.
$199 Rate Sept. 1-13, 2019.

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This exciting workshop will challenge you to rethink your approach to workforce recruitment and retention.

  • Benjamin Anderson, CEO of a Critical Access Hospital in western Kansas, will share his story on how he has successfully recruited more than 15 mission-minded family practice physicians to a diverse and underserved region in a short period of time. He will describe the development of the mission-minded recruitment and retention model while highlighting the innovative approaches required to achieve and sustain a healthy medical staff.

  • A panel of family practice faculty and residents will discuss what they are looking for in practice opportunities and share feedback about the mission-minded recruitment model.

  • Additional presentations and discussions will include the importance of workplace culture, aligning the motivations of medical providers with the values of an organization, and community readiness and collaboration.

Rural Recruitment Reimagined


If written notice of cancellation ( is received by Rural Health Education and Services by Sept. 13, 2019, a refund less a $25 administrative fee, will be made. Any cancellations after Sept. 13, 2019 will not receive a refund.


8:00 Registration Opens

8:45 Quick Audience Brainstorm
What do you believe are the current barriers to recruitment of healthcare providers?

9:00 Introduction to Mission-Focused Medicine Model, Presented by Benjamin Anderson
Through true stories, Benjamin will describe the essence and successful development of the mission-focused medicine recruitment model. He will also highlight the importance of innovation, collaboration, and setting the stage for provider retention.

9:45 Panel - Priorities of Millennial Physicians
A panel of mission-focused rural physicians, physician residents, and faculty members describe essential elements of attracting and retaining mission-focused medical providers. Panelists will discuss their motivations, perspectives, and priorities that influence their decision on choosing a practice and community.

10:30 Break

10:45 Organizational Mission Alignment and Perception, Presented by Joyce Grayson
Having a clear understanding of your organization's mission is imperative to recruiting and retaining the right healthcare providers. Joyce discusses the importance of aligning the motivations of a healthcare provider with the values of an organization and emphasizes the power of perception on recruitment and retention.

11:15 Assessing Organizational Culture, Presented by Tara Morrow
After establishing the direct link between provider turnover and negative organizational culture, Tara outlines how to assess workforce culture and staff engagement levels then she will discuss steps to address and enhance a positive organizational culture.

11:45 Group Discussion - Morning Takeaways

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Community Readiness, Presented by David Hofmeister
David provides examples of how communities collaborate to consider the personal needs of mission-focused provider families, describing and emphasizing the importance of intentional hospitality. Key aspects that influence recruitment and retention such as spousal employment, housing, faith/churches, and family-like support system will be discussed.

1:45 Panel - Becoming Part of a Community
A panel of providers and spouses share their experiences about relocating to a rural community and describe the impact of hospitality on the recruitment of mission-focused provider families.

2:30 Group Discussion
How common is hospitality toward newcomers in your community?

2:45 Break

3:00 Key Tool for Attracting Providers to Your Community, Presented by Benjamin Anderson
Relationships are key to successfully implementing a recruitment model that attracts mission-focused healthcare providers. In this session, Benjamin discusses sustainable tools for developing and promoting key relationships that support successful recruitment and retention.

3:45 Group Discussion
Lessons Learned and Priorities

4:15 Closing Remarks

Hotel Accommodations during the Rural Recruitment Reimagined conference

Conference Location

Hyatt Regency Wichita
400 W Waterman St., Wichita, KS 67202

Other Nearby Downtown Hotels

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Wichita Downtown
.3 miles from Conference Hotel (easy walk)
525 S. Main St. Wichita, KS 67202

Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview
.8 miles from Conference Hotel
400 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67202

Wyndham Garden Wichita Downtown
.6 miles from Conference Hotel
221 E Kellogg St, Wichita, KS 67202

Hotel At Old Town
1.1 miles from Conference Hotel
830 E 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67202

Courtyard by Marriott Wichita at Old Town
1.2 miles from Conference Hotel
820 E 2nd St N, Wichita, KS 67202

Last modified: Jan 17, 2020