Updated January 2013
Cloud County is served by the Northwest office of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Hays, which serves the state through student education initiatives, professional education for health care providers, health screenings, clinics and public presentations on health topics.
Enhancing Student Education
- 7 students from Cloud County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- Cloud County is part of the Northcentral Medical Education Network with Scott Owings, MD, a resident of Salina, serving as the Medical Education Director. The medical education director helps coordinate the School of Medicine's efforts to mentor, train and place physicians throughout Kansas.
Strengthening the Health Care Workforce
- 17 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Cloud County.
- 1 health care provider has been placed in Cloud County since 2003 through the Kansas Recruitment Center, which provides placement assistance to rural health organizations and seeks to enhance the quality and quantity of health care professionals in rural Kansas.
- 2 Cloud County physicians received funding through the Kansas Bridging Plan, a loan-forgiveness program offered since 1991 to primary care medical residents who agree to practice in rural Kansas.
- 2 shifts were covered by temporary physicians, which allowed Cloud County physicians necessary time off in 2012. These coverages were made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
- 37 health care professionals from Cloud County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
Advancing Health Care Access
- 10 Cloud County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two, in 2012. These services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
May 23, 2013