Seward County

Updated December 2014

  • Seward County is served by KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Center (AHEC), 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

  • 5 students from Seward County are currently studying at KU Medical Center
  • 5 Steward 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.
  • 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 Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The agreement provides the 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.
  • Seward County is part of the Southwest Medical Education Network with Thomas Koksal, MD, 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

  • 22 KU Medical Center graduates live and/or practice in Seward County.
  • 1 health care providers have been placed in Seward 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.
  • 1 Seward County physician 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.
  • 89 enrollments by Seward County health care professionals in KU Medical Center continuing education courses and conferences in Fiscal Year 2014.

Advancing Health Care Access

  • Seward County residents saw KU Medical Center health care providers 4 times via telemedicine in FY14. 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.
  • Seward County residents made 12 visits to KU Medical Center health care providers in outreach clinics held outside of Kansas City in FY14.
  • 406 Kansans received free medical attention and education in 2013 through preventive screenings and events hosted in Seward County with support from KU Medical Center programs.

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Last modified: Jan 02, 2015
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