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Fertile Ground

Health care providers may be scarce as hen’s teeth in rural areas, but that paucity is producing a bumper crop of employment opportunities for health care professionals ready to embrace the perqs and quirks of rural practice. Here are some ways the University, individuals and organizations are sowing interest in rural medicine.

Fertile Ground, Spring 2013
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Planting the seeds for the next crop of health care providers

Last summer, DMU osteopathic medical student Bill Bensen found many benefits during a preceptorship at Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC) in Algona, IA. The critical care hospital and multi-specialty clinic let him dive into a variety of patient-care cases, working alongside several DMU osteopathic and physician assistant graduates. Everyone bent over backward to make him…

Fertile Ground, Spring 2013
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Growing their own: sowing interest in health careers

In the same way orchard owners plant trees with a long-term view of the fruits of their labors, some organizations are working to plant interest in health care careers among young students. They include the nation’s Area Health Education Centers, or AHECs, a federally funded program created in 1972 to recruit, train and retain health…

Fertile Ground, Spring 2013
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Nurturing a crop of top-quality health care professionals

When you ask Greg Paris, M.H.A.’98, what Monroe County Hospital and Clinics (MCHC) were like just over a decade ago, his eyes widen and his smile fades. “We were a remarkably different hospital,” he says. The chief executive officer isn’t exaggerating. In 2001, the Albia, IA, hospital faced 26 percent employee turnover and had just…

Fertile Ground, Spring 2013
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Avera eICU Care links intensive care units to an around-the-clock care team with continuous data analysis of patients’ conditions.

Virtual medicine works in reality

If you ask an attorney, says David Kapaska, D.O.’86, the standard of health care is the same at the renowned Mayo Clinic as it is in Bowdle, SD, population 499 (U.S. Census Bureau). “That’s a high bar,” says Kapaska, regional president and chief executive officer of Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux…

Fertile Ground, Spring 2013
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