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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Prescott hopes to move to hospital ER

  • On Tuesday, Dr. James Prescott sent a letter to his patients informing them he will leave his family medicine practice as of Sept. 30.
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  • On Tuesday, Dr. James Prescott sent a letter to his patients informing them he will leave his family medicine practice as of Sept. 30.
    Prescott has treated patients in the McPherson area for 14 years.
    “I am leaving with a heavy heart because caring for you all ranks among the greatest joys I have ever known,” Prescott said in the letter.
    Prescott hopes to move to the emergency department at McPherson Hospital.
    McPherson Hospital is looking to take its emergency department in a new direction. This direction included the hiring of a new professional emergency department organization. The organization that was providing the hospital’s ER services did not renew its contract.
    Emergency Medical Services Kansas of Kansas City, Missouri, will be the new service provider. It is a company that has been in business for 35 years and provides services in six other hospitals statewide. Its role at McPherson Hospital will be to provide quality physicians for the emergency room. The organization already has begun recruiting for the McPherson Hospital. This change could bring some fresh faces to the McPherson physician contingent, said Terri Gehring, McPherson Hospital vice president of operations.
    Prescott said in a letter to his patients, “I am presently in negotiations with the new emergency department organization. I hope to be employed as one of the new emergency room doctors in the very near future.”
    Established practices in McPherson have been reluctant to take on new patients. McPherson is getting close to being in physician shortage crisis, according to local health officials.
    Dr. Dan Lichty, who practices in Prescott’s clinic, has decided to join forces with Dr. Andrea Herrera and will operate out of her clinic within the hospital. They have agreed to take on the patients Prescott is leaving behind if they so choose.
    “Leaving you with a choice has alleviated my major concern,” Prescott said in his letter to patients. “That you have continued quality care.”
    Lichty and Herrera also plan to hire a new nurse practitioner to help with the influx of patients.
    Recently the McPherson Healthcare Foundation launched a $5 million fundraising campaign for the first phase of a three-phase McPherson Hospital capital improvements project.
    The first phase of the project will include offices for up to seven new health care providers.
    Hospital officials have said the lack of clinic space has hampered its efforts to recruit new physicians to McPherson.
    Health care officials also are seeking a half-cent countywide sales tax to help support upgrades and operations at Mercy Hospital in Moundridge and McPherson Hospital. Officials hope to have the issue on the November ballot, but the McPherson County Commission has yet to make a decision on placing the issue on the ballot.

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