CHC/SEK breaks ground on John Parolo Education Center
16 thousand square foot facility to be constructed by May 2022.
PITTSBURG, Kan. – According to the National Rural Health Association, the patient-to- primary care physician ratio in rural areas is only 39.8 physicians per 100,000 people, compared to 53.3 physicians per 100,000 in urban areas.
Couple that with the fact that the U.S. will need an additional 52,000 primary care physicians by 2025, and only two percent of new doctors want to live in towns with a population under 25 thousand, it means rural areas like Crawford county are in a tough spot.
“The average age here for an dentist or a doctor is 60, and there is no hope of replacing them with recruitment,” explains Krista Postai, President and CEO of Community Health Clinic of Southeast Kansas. “People will come, get the loan repayment, and then go to where they really want to be, which is off in a big city or closer to their families.”
So CHC/SEK is trying to do something about it. The Community Health Clinic has kicked off construction on a new 16, thousand square foot education center at 3015 N Michigan in Pittsburg.
The education center will support KU medical students that are doing their residency programs at CHC/SEK and students in the new Family Practice Residency Program at CHC/SEK.
It will also house a rural medicine training program, post-graduate training for multiple professionals like pharmacists, social workers, and phycologists to get licensed. They also hope it will get students of all ages interested in medicine.
“Hopefully inspire some young folks to go into healthcare, and then keep those who want to finish their education here and practice for all of southeast Kansas. We’re growing our own,” says Postai.
“This is more and better health care, and long into the future. Which is a great thing. And if we want our communities to continue to grow, it’s important for people to have access to health care,” says Senator Jerry Moran.
Officials hope construction on the facility will be complete by May 2022. You find more information about the center in the slideshow below.