Rice County

Updated February 2013

Rice 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

  • 4 students from Rice County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 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

  • 15 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Rice County.
  • 2 health care providers have been placed in Rice County since 2003 through the Kansas Recruitment Center, which provides placement assistance to rural health organizations and seeks to enhance the quality and quantity of health care professionals in rural Kansas.
  • 3 Rice 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.
  • 3 shifts were covered by temporary physicians, which allowed Rice County physicians necessary time off in 2012. These coverages were made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
  • 58 health care professionals from Rice County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
  • 37 professional education and administrative visits in Rice 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. 

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

  • 29 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 2012. These services are provided through the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.

Serving Communities

  • 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: May 22, 2013
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