Updated February 2013
Pratt County is served by the Southwest office of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Garden City, 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
- 3 students from Pratt County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 1 health professions student received hands-on training in Pratt 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.
- Pratt County is part of the Southcentral Medical Education Network with Greg Thomas, MD, and Marla Ullom-Minnich, MD, a resident of McPherson and Moundridge, respectively, 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
- 21 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Pratt County.
- 2 health care providers have been placed in Pratt 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.
- 1 Pratt County physician 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 Pratt County physician necessary time off in 2012. This coverage was made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
- 1 Pratt 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.
- 211 health care professionals from Pratt County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
- 81 professional education and administrative visits in Pratt 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 Pratt County resident made a visit to a KU Medical Center health care provider in an outreach clinic held outside of Kansas City in 2012.
- 170 Pratt 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.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center provides patient and family education on a variety of health and wellness topics to residents of Pratt County. The project is in collaboration with Turing Point: The Center for Hope and Healing and funded in part by a federal grant from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.
May 22, 2013