Location: Junction City
Community Engagement Dept: RHES
Program: Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center
Kathy Linde, ARNP, was eager to find a spot in Kansas to begin her new career. Working in a small community is important to Linde. She likes getting to know the patient and their family on a personal level, and taking care of all the different age groups seen in family care.
Because she and her family are concentrated in and around Yates Center, they were excited to move just down the road. “I really can’t see myself working anywhere else but a rural community,” Linde said.
Konza Prairie Community Health & Dental Center worked with the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center (KRRC) to recruit Linde. Michael Dolan, Konza COO, is excited to have her at their facility and is extremely thankful for KRC’s assistance in her placement.
“The KRRC is important to our clinic because they understand the mission of a community health center,” Dolan said.
Small clinics and hospitals operate on a small budget, but are expected to provide first class service. The only way to accomplish that is with dedicated medical, and dental providers who enjoy the challenge of working in a rural setting. Dolan says KRRC finds these people, and at a very reasonable cost.
“KRRC was an excellent mediator between the two of us. They helped with the communications flow, and subsequent interviews,” Dolan said. “Without KRRC, I am positive that we would never have found Kathy.”
The Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center (KRRC) seeks to enhance the quality and quantity of health care professionals in rural Kansas by helping health care providers, like Dr. Giles, find a home practice in Kansas. For rural organizations, the KRRC provides job opportunity postings and placement assistance. For health care professionals, the KRC serves as a career service center by matching candidates with openings in the state. KRRC is part of Rural Health Education and Services and the University of Kansas Medical Center's Institute for Community Engagement.