Office of Rural Prosperity

An innovative approach provides healthcare solutions to rural towns in Kansas

Oct 1, 2019

By McCownGordon Construction Oct 1, 2019 The Patterson Health Center opened July 2019 and is unlike any other health facility. The visionaries behind it turned their focus from healing the sick, to creating a healthy environment with accessible healthcare to the surrounding rural communities. Growing up and keeping ties to the area, Cerner founder Neal […]

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How A Rural Hospital In Kansas Survived Multiple Owners And Bankruptcy

Sep 30, 2019

Listen Listening… Sitting at the edge of the gently undulating landscape of the Flint Hills in east-central Kansas, the town of Hillsboro boasts a small hospital that has survived a remarkable roller coaster ride even as other rural hospitals stagger and fail. Nine months ago, everything seemed to be coming apart at the 15-bed facility, […]

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FCC chairman wants to bring high-speed internet to rural Kansas

Sep 19, 2019

EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) – Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to make sure rural Kansas isn’t left in the dark ages of internet. “Having grown up in Kansas I’m keenly aware that there are many communities like Parsons, my hometown, that might be on the wrong side of the digital divide […]

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Historic neighborhood house coming down

Sep 17, 2019

The house at 522 E. 1st Ave. is missing glass windows and some siding, but it is listed on the state and national historic registers and sits in the Houston Whiteside Historic District. It will be demolished, based on a 4-0 vote Tuesday morning by the Hutchinson City Council. Bringing the home “to a liveable […]

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Kansans gather to grow the state’s agricultural prospects

Sep 4, 2019

Agriculture drives the Kansas economy. The 66 ag and food sectors plus food retail and ethanol production contributed $77 billion to the state’s economic success and account for nearly 51% of the state’s total economy and more than a fifth of the state’s workforce. Agriculture really is the state’s bread and butter. It’s so critical […]

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Kansans gather to grow the state’s agricultural prospects

Sep 4, 2019

Agriculture drives the Kansas economy. The 66 ag and food sectors plus food retail and ethanol production contributed $77 billion to the state’s economic success and account for nearly 51% of the state’s total economy and more than a fifth of the state’s workforce. Agriculture really is the state’s bread and butter. It’s so critical […]

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Kansans define rural prosperity

Aug 26, 2019

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s new Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour recently made its 12th and final stop for the summer in Dodge City. Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers kicked off the Aug. 7 public listening tour session at Boot Hill Casino and Resort Conference Center, where community residents from Dodge City and surrounding towns shared […]

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Lt. Gov. Rogers looking for answers through rural Kansas tour

Aug 5, 2019

SABETHA, Kan. (KSNT) – Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers is traveling across the state to try and make sure rural voices are heard in Topeka. The lieutenant governor has made 11 of the 12 stops on the Rural Prosperity Listening Tour. On Monday he toured the town of Sabetha. Rogers toured the local hospital and talked […]

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Push to expand KanCare crucial for rural hospitals

Aug 1, 2019

GREG LOWER greg@chanute.com Rural health officials are pushing to expand KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program, to cover nearly 150,000 additional people. Dennis Franks, Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer, said rural health care in Kansas is facing a crisis, and expanding the program would not only help hospitals but also mental health, substance […]

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Kansas leader talks rural growth

Jul 20, 2019

WATHENA, Kansas — A Kansas leader is on a tour to assure constituents and businesses that he won’t approach their needs with a “Let them eat cake” attitude. Visiting Marie Antoinette’s Gluten Free Bake Shoppe and the Dairy Barn family restaurant on Thursday afternoon in Wathena, Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers emphasized how the Democratic-led administration […]

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