Finney

Updated July 2014

Enhancing Student Education

  • 16 students from Finney County are studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 7 Finney 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.
  • 14 high school students in Finney County participated in activities during Fiscal Year 2014 that encouraged them to consider careers in health care, math and science. These events were hosted by University of Kansas Area Health Education Centers.
  • Garden City High School is one of 17 schools statewide that used Mini Medical School in Fiscal Year 2014, a resource kit for upper level high school teachers in the biological sciences. The kit is designed to supplement and enhance their curriculum while simultaneously introducing students to various aspects of the health field through fun and exciting projects. Mini Medical School was created by the KU Area Health Education Centers and features physicians and experts from KU Medical Center and Kansas State University.
  • Finney County is part of the Southwest Medical Education Network with Randall Fahrenholtz, MD, a resident of Tribune, 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

  • 53 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Finney County.
  • 1 health care provider has been placed in Finney 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.
  • 3 Finney 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.
  • 128 enrollments in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences by Finney County health care professionals in FY14.
  • 149 professional education and administrative visits in Finney County occurred in FY14 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.
  • Finney County is part of The Kansas Sepsis Project. Led by KU Medical Center Professor Steven Simpson, MD, the 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. St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City 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, MD, MPH and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • 88 Finney 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.
  • Patients in Finney County have access to pediatric rheumatology care closer to home, thanks to Dr. Carol Lindsley's outreach clinics held twice a year in Garden City.
  • 591 Kansans received free medical attention and education in 2013 through preventive screenings and events hosted in Finney County with support from KU Medical Center programs.
  • St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City 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.

Serving Communities

  • Finney County is served by the West office of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) 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.
  • Latina women in southwest Kansas train with KU Medical Center faculty and staff to become Promotoras, or community health workers. Promotoras encourage cancer prevention and healthy lifestyles among their families, friends and neighbors.

 

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Last modified: Aug 19, 2014
Night @ The Lab

 Night @ the Lab students
In April 2013, more than 100 students from the Garden City High School Health Sciences Academy showed their skills at evidence-based research and shed light on important community health issues. The students piloted a new KU Area Health Education Center program, Night @ The Lab. 
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