Updated December 2015
- McPherson County is served by KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), which serve the state through student education initiatives, professional education for health care providers, health screenings, clinics and public presentations on health topics.
Enhancing Student Education
- 21 students from McPherson County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 9 McPherson 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.
- Medical students spent six weeks working with primary care physicians and conducting a community-based research project in 27 counties, including McPherson County, as part of KU Medical Center's summer 2015 Rural Primary Care Practice and Research Program, one of several programs designed to encourage students to consider practicing medicine in a rural Kansas community.
- McPherson County is part of the South-Central Medical Education Network with Greg Thomas, M.D., and Marla Ullom-Minnich, M.D., residents of McPherson and Moundridge, respectively, serving as the medical education directors. The directors help coordinate the School of Medicine's efforts to mentor, train and place physicians throughout Kansas.
Strengthening the Health Care Workforce
- 63 KU Medical Center alumni live and/or practice in McPherson County.
- 2 health care providers have been placed in McPherson County since 2004 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.
- 5 McPherson 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.
- 5 shifts were covered by temporary physicians, which allowed McPherson County physicians necessary time off in Fiscal Year 2015. These coverages were made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
- 1 McPherson County health care employer exhibited with 2015 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
- 60 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by McPherson County health care professionals in Fiscal Year 2015. Continuing education programming is offered by KU Medical Center's Continuing Education and Professional Development and KU AHECs.
- McPherson County is part of The Kansas Sepsis Project. Led by KU Medical Center Professor Steven Simpson, M.D., this 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.
Researching to Improve Health
- Students at Bethany College in Lindsborg received alcohol and substance abuse counseling through telemedicine, a technology that connects students and providers when distance separates them. These services were provided by KU Medical Center and Central Kansas Foundation with funding by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer recurrence, and rural women are considered to be at a higher risk for obesity and to have less access to health care. Female patients from 60 counties, including McPherson County, are taking part in a weight-loss maintenance intervention program for breast cancer survivors in rural Kansas. The program connects survivors for long-term weight management using phone-based peer group support. The study then evaluates the effectiveness of the program over time. This research is led by Christie Befort, Ph.D. and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.
Advancing Health Care Access
- McPherson County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 24 times via telemedicine in FY15. An interactive video technology that connects providers and patients when distance separates the two, telemedicine services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center provides patient and family education on a variety of health and wellness topics to residents of McPherson 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.
- Students at Kansas colleges, including Bethany College, can now access free mental health and substance abuse counseling via video conferencing - or telemedicine - with mental health professionals. The services are provided through the KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
- The Midwest Cancer Alliance and Kansas Masonic Foundation teamed up to offer 22 free cancer screenings across the state in 2015, including in McPherson County. KU physicians assessed nearly 2,000 Kansans for their risk of skin and prostate cancer, and more than 350 were referred to their local physicians in an effort to prevent a potential health issue spotted during the screening.
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Jan 29, 2016