Ford County

Updated January 2013

Ford 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

  • 13 students from Ford County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
  • 1 health professions student received hands-on training in Ford County in 2012 through placement programs in rural and underserved communities, including Rural Preceptorship Program for KU medical students and fieldwork experiences for other professions.
  • Ford 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

  • 33 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Ford County.
  • 8 health care providers have been placed in Ford County since 2003 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 Ford 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.
  • 4 shifts were covered by temporary physicians, which allowed Ford County physicians necessary time off in 2012. These coverages were made via KU Medical Center's Kansas Locum Tenens and Kansas Medical Resource programs.
  • 2 Ford County health care employers exhibited with 2012 Kansas Career Opportunities, which is designed to introduce medical students, residents and other health care professionals to rural communities looking to hire.
  • 295 health care professionals from Ford County participated in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in 2012.
  • 12 professional education and administrative visits in Ford 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

  • Hospitalization has been identified as a teachable moment in which patients may be more likely to quit smoking. Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge 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

  • 57 Ford County residents made visits to KU Medical Center health care providers in outreach clinics held outside of Kansas City in 2012.
  • 56 Ford 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.
  • 126 Kansans received free medical attention and education in 2012 through preventive screenings and events hosted in Ford County with support from KU Medical Center.

Serving Communities

  • The University of Kansas Medical Center provides patient and family education on a variety of health and wellness topics to residents of Ford 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 23, 2013
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