Sumner County

Updated December 2015

  • Sumner 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

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

  • Sumner 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

  • 24 KU Medical Center alumni live and/or practice in Sumner County.
  • 3 Sumner 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.
  • 16 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by Sumner 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.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • Sumner County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 6 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.

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Last modified: Jan 22, 2016