A special event was held Dec. 14 at South Central Kansas Medical Center to thank Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins, R-Arkansas City, formally for her unwavering support of health care issues during the 2017 Kansas legislative session.

SCKMC honors Judd-Jenkins

Photo by Clayton Pappan/SCKMC

Carol Hearne, South Central Kansas Medical Center Board of Trustees chair, presents Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins, R-Arkansas City, with a certificate of appreciation from the Kansas Hospital Association for her support of health care issues addressed during the 2017 Kansas legislative session.

“We want Representative Judd-Jenkins to know how much we, as health care providers, appreciate her support,” said Virgil Watson, SCKMC’s chief executive officer.

Judd-Jenkins voted in support of every high-priority health care issue addressed during the 2017 Kansas legislative session. Such legislative issues included KanCare reform and expansion, reversal of the 2016 Medicaid provider cuts, and the concealed carry exemption for public hospitals.

“As leaders and partners in health care, we appreciate Representative Judd-Jenkins, and the support she has given to health care in Kansas and in our community,” proclaimed SCKMC Board of Trustees Chair Carol Hearne.

Hearne presented Judd-Jenkins with a certificate of appreciation from the Kansas Hospital Association during the Board of Trustees’ meeting. After receiving of the award, Judd-Jenkins reinforced her support of rural health care.

“Rural hospitals, to me, are one of the most important issues we have in the State of Kansas,” she said.

“How we support them will determine how much employment we have within the counties that have the hospitals, as well as the property and sales taxes that we are able to garner from those who live within our communities, which are two of the three brackets by which we fund our state.”

However, Judd-Jenkins continued to explain that her concerns for health care across the state go beyond the financial impact of rural hospitals.

“I also am very concerned about our aging population in rural Kansas, and therefore the accessibility we must provide for our citizens. I will continuously work on this issue, as it is personally important to me. I thank you for this honor, and I will continue to work for you,” Judd-Jenkins said.

This information was provided by South Central Kansas Medical Center Marketing Director Clayton Pappan.