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Smith County Memorial HospitalSmith Center, KS
Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center, Kansas is a Critical Access Hospital licensed for 25 beds, but with 16 beds currently staffed. The facility encompasses the CAH, a Provider based Rural Health Clinic, and a 26 bed Long Term Care unit, both attached to the hospital.
Smith County has a population of 3,850, while SCMH serves an estimated population of approximately 7,000 in Smith, Jewell, and Phillips counties in Kansas, and Franklin and Webster counties in Nebraska.
The local medical staff consists of three Family Practice physicians and one Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. A second APRN, also credentialed as a Certified Nurse Midwife, will join the group in the summer of 2013. Two of the FP physicians provide OB services, including performing their own caesarean sections. The third FP physician no longer includes OB in his practice, but assists with c-sections when necessary. However this physician will be stepping away from clinic practice within the next 6 months to a year to devote more time to Hospice and Palliative Care. The medical staff is stable, with tenures of 27, 25, and 5 years. The newest physician is a local native who returned home to practice. In a separate clinic, there is an employed General Surgeon who performs procedures only at this hospital.
Smith County Memorial Hospital is operated as a leased facility by Great Plains Health Alliance, a not-for-profit network of small, rural hospitals in Kansas and Nebraska. This allows access to a broad array of shared expertise and the benefits of group purchasing. Board and Administration are initiating a strategic planning process to develop an action plan for updating facilities.
Loan Repayment and Tax Incentives:
Smith County is authorized to participate in the Rural Opportunity Zones student loan repayment and tax waivers program. Click HERE to view our Rural Opportunity Zones program offered through the Kansas Department of Commerce.
Living in Smith Center, Kansas (population 1,633; Smith County 3,853)
Smith Center is a small rural community with a population of approximately 1,800. Other communities in the county include Kensington (population approximately 500) and Lebanon (population approximately 300).
Smith Center High School is home of the Fighting Redmen, a sports dynasty known throughout Kansas for producing high quality scholar athletes. The 2009 book "Our Boys" by New York Times writer Joe Drape describes the football team's undefeated 2008 season, during which a state record was set for the longest winning streak by a high school team.
The school is also renowned for its broadcast journalism system, which is used to telecast sporting events, school drama productions, concerts, etc. The broadcast capability is good enough that the students and faculty advisors were asked to broadcast all of the state football championship games in 2012 for all classes of schools.
Smith Center boasts a 9 hole grass green municipal golf course with very reasonable membership and green fees. The Srader Center in downtown Smith Center contains an indoor walking track, racquetball and basketball courts, and a workout room. Attached to the Srader Center is the public library. For the outdoorsman, some of the best whitetail deer and turkey hunting in Kansas is in Smith County. Several large lakes for bass, walleye, and fishing are within an hour's drive of Smith Center.
Smith Center Municipal Airport, located 1 mile south of town, has a 4400 foot paved runway with lights, ILS system, and self -service fuel available. The largest employer is Peterson Industries, the manufacturer of Excel travel trailers. Other large employers include Landmark Implement (John Deere dealer), and the school system.
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