Updated December 2015
- Scott 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 Scott County are currently studying at KU Medical Center.
- 1 Scott 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.
- Scott County is part of the Southwest Medical Education Network with Thomas Koksal, M.D., a resident of Garden City, 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
- 12 KU Medical Center alumni live and/or practice in Scott County.
- 6 health care providers have been placed in Scott 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.
- 2 Scott 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 Scott County 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.
- 1 enrollment in KU Medical Center continuing education/professional development courses and conferences by Scott 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
- Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer recurrence, and rural women are considered to be at a higher risk for obesity and to have less access to health care. Female patients from 60 counties, including Scott County, are taking part in a weight-loss maintenance intervention program for breast cancer survivors in rural Kansas. The program connects survivors for long-term weight management using phone-based peer group support. The study then evaluates the effectiveness of the program over time. This research is led by Christie Befort, Ph.D., and is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.
- Scott County Hospital is taking part in Pioneer Baby, a quality improvement initiative is designed to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes among reproductive-aged women in one of the state's most underserved areas. Directed by Benjamin Anderson, CEO of Kearny County Hospital, and Lisette Jacobson, Ph.D., assistant professor of preventive medicine and public health at the KU School of Medicine–Wichita, the four-phased project is a collaborative partnership that also includes the Garden City-based United Methodist Mexican American Ministries health clinics. The first phase, an assessment of needs, is complete. The second phase – to bring specialized care for mothers-to-be and new mothers to the region – began in late August 2015.
Advancing Health Care Access
- Scott County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 96 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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Jan 22, 2016