Updated February 2013
Shawnee County is served by the East office of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Pittsburg, 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
- 114 students from Shawnee County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- Shawnee County is part of the Eastern Medical Education Network with Robert Haskins, MD, a resident of Pittsburg, 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
- 684 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Shawnee County.
- 1 health care provider has been placed in Shawnee County since 2003 through the Kansas Recruitment and Retention 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 Shawnee County health care employers 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.
- 485 health care professionals from Shawnee County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
- 15 professional education and administrative visits in Shawnee 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.
Advancing Health Care Access
- 1 Shawnee County resident made a visit to a KU Medical Center health care provider in an outreach clinic held outside of Kansas City in 2012.
- 129 Shawnee 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.
- Stormont-Vail HealthCare and St. Francis Health Center, both of Topeka, are members 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.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center provides patient and family education on a variety of health and wellness topics to residents of Shawnee County. The project is in collaboration with Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing and funded in part by a federal grant from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.
May 23, 2013