Bourbon County

Last updated December 2015

  • Bourbon 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

  • 4 students from Bourbon County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 1 Bourbon County physician serves 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.
  • Nurses across Kansas can now advance their careers from home, thanks to an innovative agreement between the KU School of Nursing and 18 regional community colleges, including Fort Scott Community College. The agreement provides nurses who have an associate's degree in nursing from a participating college an easier transition to earning their bachelor of science in nursing through KU's online RN-to-BSN program.
  • Bourbon County is part of the Eastern Medical Education Network with Jon Sides, M.D., a resident of Burlington, 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

  • 32 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Bourbon County.
  • 1 health care provider has been placed in Bourbon 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 Bourbon 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.
  • 30 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by Bourbon 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.

Researching to Improve Health

  • Students at Fort Scott Community College 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.

Advancing Health Care Access

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Last modified: Mar 18, 2016