Lyon County

Updated December 2015

  • Lyon 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

  • 28 students from Lyon County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 1 Lyon 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.
  • 12 high school students in Lyon County participated in activities during the 2014-15 school year that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by the KU AHECs.
  • Emporia State University is one of 10 campuses involved with Kansas Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE), a multidisciplinary program to enhance Kansas' research capacity through faculty development, retention and infrastructure, as well as inspire undergraduate researchers to pursue careers in biomedical research. KU Medical Center serves as the lead institution, and Douglas Wright, Ph.D., serves as the program director.
  • Lyon County is part of the Eastern Medical Education Network with Robert Haskins, M.D., a resident of Pittsburg, 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

  • 75 KU Medical Center alumni live and/or practice in Lyon County.
  • 7 health care providers have been placed in Lyon 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.
  • 4 Lyon 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.
  • 1 Lyon health care employer exhibited with 2015 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
  • 239 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by Lyon 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.
  • Lyon County is part of The Kansas Sepsis Project. Led by KU Medical Center Professor Steven Simpson, M.D., this project seeks to reduce the death rates of patients with severe sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. The program teaches health professionals in all specialties to recognize severe sepsis and to take rapid, organized steps to treat severe sepsis.

Researching to Improve Health

  • Hospitalization has been identified as a teachable moment in which patients may be more likely to quit smoking. Newman Regional Health in Emporia is one of 35 Kansas hospitals participating in Kan Quit II, a study that provides smoking cessation counseling, treatment and case management services to inpatients. The study then evaluates the effectiveness of the smoking cessation services. The project is led by Edward Ellerbeck, M.D., MPH and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • Lyon County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 37 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.
  • Newman Regional Health in Emporia is a member of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, a network of hospitals, physicians groups and cancer support and patient advocacy organizations bringing cancer research, care and professional support together to advance the quality and reach of cancer care, prevention, early detection and survivorship in the Heartland.
  • The Midwest Cancer Alliance and Kansas Masonic Foundation teamed up to offer 22 free cancer screenings across the state in 2015, including in Lyon County. KU physicians assessed nearly 2,000 Kansans for their risk of skin and prostate cancer, and more than 350 were referred to their local physicians in an effort to prevent a potential health issue spotted during the screening.

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Last modified: Jan 22, 2016
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