Kracht grew up in Marysville, Kan., a town of about 3,000 in Marshall County. Kracht completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, began medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, then completed his last two years of medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.
“Ever since I made the decision to go to medical school, I have had the intention of practicing medicine in a rural setting,” Dr. Kracht stated. “After considering all of the options and locations, my wife Maggie and I realized that there were just too many positive reasons [to relocate to Parsons, Kan.] It is a great fit for my family because we will get to set down roots in a small town much like the place I grew up. Even during my brief visits, there was a familiarity there that made it feel like we belonged.”
Javine Horani, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN, Labette Health, feels that Kracht will fit in well and is confident that he will quickly build a successful practice. “We are so excited to have Dr. Kracht and his family join our department here at Labette Health,” stated Dr. Horani. “His pleasant demeanor, excellent rapport with staff and patients, and great training from KU Medical Center were just some of the reasons that we chose him to join the OB/GYN department at Labette Health.”
Scott City, Kan.
Josiah Brinkley, MD, Family Medicine, will join Scott County Hospital, Scott City, Kan., in the summer of 2011. Brinkley will graduate from the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program, Wichita, Kan., in July, 2011.
Brinkley is originally from Grand Junction, Colo., but has lived in Kansas for the past 11 years. He is an undergraduate of Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan., receiving his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita.
“I have fallen in love with the rural side of Kansas,” states Brinkley. “The community [Scott County] is wonderful and full of very accepting, generous folks.” He feels that the physicians of Scott County Hospital are first class and looks forward to joining their team. “This is a place where they provide excellent care to patients, and something the community can be very proud of.”
The Kansas Recruitment Center (KRC) seeks to enhance the quality and quantity of health care professionals in rural Kansas by helping health care providers, like Dr. Kracht and Dr. Brinkley, find a home practice in Kansas. For rural organizations, the KRC provides job opportunity postings and placement assistance. For health care professionals, the KRC serves as a career service center by matching candidates with openings in the state. To date the Kansas Recruitment Center has placed 108 heath care professionals throughout rural Kansas.
Further information is available at www.ruralhealth.kumc.edu or by phone at 1-888-503-4221 or 316-293-2649.