Rice County

Updated July 2014

Enhancing Student Education

  • 6 students from Rice County are studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 2 Rice 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.
  • Rice 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

  • 14 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Rice County.
  • 2 health care providers have been placed in Rice 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.
  • 1 Rice 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 health care professional from Rice County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in Fiscal Year 2014.

Researching to Improve Health

  • KU Medical Center researchers are working with long-term care facility residents in Sterling to encourage better communication about care plans and improve the resident's quality of life. The project uses quarterly televideo meetings to discuss care plans with the resident, their family and staff members.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • 28 Rice 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 FY14. These services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.

Serving Communities

  • Rice County is served by the West office of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Center (AHEC) 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.
  • The University of Kansas Medical Center provides patient and family education on a variety of health and wellness topics to residents of Rice 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.

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Last modified: Aug 22, 2014
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