The South Central Kansas Medical Center Board of Trustees received good news from interim Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bowman regarding physician recruitment efforts at its regular meeting Oct. 9.

Representatives from the hospital recently attended two health fairs and, as a result, now have three potential candidates for recruitment.

“The interesting thing was, the lady that ran up to the group wants to be an orthopedic surgeon. And she specifically wants to (practice) in an area like this,” Bowman said.

The other two showed interest in family practice and obstetrics, “which is exactly what we were talking about (needing),” he said.

In addition to those candidates, Bowman said that through communications with Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado, there might be a group out of Wichita that would be willing to work with SCKMC.

“(El Dorado) keeps 90 percent of their patients,” he said. The program it has allows that hospital to keep the patients that otherwise would need to be transferred to larger cities for treatment because doctors are in the hospital every week.

As a final piece of good news, Bowman announced the University of Kansas has expressed a desire to have medical residents visit SCKMC.

“That’s big,” commented board treasurer Jay Warren. “It’s very exciting,” Bowman agreed.

In other business, the trustees:

  • unanimously approved the Sept. 27 regular meeting minutes.
  • held an executive session.
  • voted unanimously to give Bowman the power to terminate a contract with Athena Health Care.

Board chairman Dan Jurkovich was absent from the meeting.