Rooks County

Updated August 2014

Enhancing Student Education

  • 6 students from Rooks County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 2 Rooks County physicians serve as volunteer KU Medical Center faculty, providing medical students with hands-on training in rural and underserved communities as part of the Rural Preceptorship Program.
  • Rooks County is part of the Northwest Medical Education Network with Michael Machen, MD, a resident of Quinter, 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

  • 9 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Rooks County.
  • 3 Rooks 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.
  • 1 shift was covered by a temporary physician, which allowed a Rooks County physician necessary time off in Fiscal Year 2014. This coverage was made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens program.
  • 1 Rooks County health care employer exhibited with 2013 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
  • Rooks County is part of The Kansas Sepsis Project. Led by KU Medical Center Professor Steven Simpson, MD, the project seeks to reduce the death rates of patients with severe sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. The program teaches health professionals in all specialties to recognize severe sepsis and to take rapid, organized steps to treat severe sepsis.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • 30 Rooks 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 Fiscal Year 2014. These services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.

Serving Communities

  • Rooks County is served by the West 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.

 

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Last modified: Oct 01, 2014
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