Saline County

Updated February 2013

Saline 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

  • 28 students from Saline County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 2 health professions students received hands-on training in Saline County in 2012 through placement programs in rural and underserved communities, including Rural Preceptorship Program for KU medical students and fieldwork experiences for other professions.
  • 150 K-12 students in Saline County participated in activities during 2012 that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the Area Health Education Centers and Office for Cultural Enhancement and Diversity.
  • Saline 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

  • 221 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Saline County.
  • 7 health care providers have been placed in Saline 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.
  • 14 Saline 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.
  • 14 shifts were covered by temporary physicians, which allowed Saline County physicians necessary time off in 2012. These coverages were made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
  • 1 Saline County health care employer exhibited with 2012 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
  • 428 health care professionals from Saline County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
  • 143 professional education and administrative visits in Saline County occurred in 2012 via telemedicine, an interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two. The technology is operated by the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.

Researching to Improve Health

  • Hospitalization has been identified as a teachable moment in which patients may be more likely to quit smoking. Salina Regional Health Center is one 35 Kansas hospitals participating in Kan Quit II, a study that provides smoking cessation counseling, treatment and case management services to inpatients. The study then evaluates the effectiveness of the smoking cessation services. The project is led by Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • 17 Saline County residents made visits to KU Medical Center health care providers in outreach clinics held outside of Kansas City in 2012.
  • 179 Saline 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.
  • Salina Regional Health Center is a member of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, a network of hospitals, physicians groups, and cancer support and patient advocacy organizations bringing cancer research, care, and professional support together to advance the quality and reach of cancer care, prevention, early detection, and survivorship in the Heartland.

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Last modified: May 23, 2013
Support group encourages rural breast cancer survivors to lose weight
Pink scaleBreast cancer survivors in rural Kansas, including women living in Saline County, are participating in a weight-loss management study that hopes to decrease their chances of recurrance, while improving their quality of life. Read more about the study led by KU Medical Center researcher Christie Befort, Ph.D.
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