Physician recruitment continues to be a hot topic at South Central Kansas Medical Center.

Photo by JENI McGEE

Photo by JENI McGEE

Staff has been courting two doctors for some time now, with no definite commitment from either.

“They both like our community. They want to come here,” SKCMC Chief Executive Officer Virgil Watson said of the pair during the June 23 meeting of the SCKMC Board of Trustees.

The two doctors are a couple. One of them still is completing her education.

Chief Operations Officer Clayton Pappan informed the board that there had been a meeting regarding physician recruitment that focused on how to move forward in the recruitment efforts.

During that meeting, there was a request for Watson to meet with the two potential recruits. He said much was accomplished during that face-to-face meeting.

One of the topics Pappan thinks will be discussed in the future is the creation of a foundation of some type.

The hospital does have two accounts set up with Legacy Regional Community Foundation in Winfield that can be used for physician recruitment.

The average amount of money spent on recruiting is approximately $50,000 per doctor.

It also can take more than a year to successfully recruit a doctor to the community.

New hospital trustee Hap McLeod has been vocal about the need to prioritize recruitment and allocate more funding to those efforts when possible.

In other business, the board:

  • heard a report on finances from Chief Financial Officer Holly Harper.
  • discussed a perceived issue as it pertained to the hospital’s image.
  • heard a report from Director of Hospital Quality and Risk Management Jane Campbell.
  • heard a report from Human Resources Director Mandy Maples.