Provider Spotlight: Bethany Enoch, MD

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas has been chosen to participate in an obesity study conducted by the University of Kansas Medical Center.       The study is focused on rural areas and is targeted at examining and helping researchers determine the best way to treat obesity, according to Dr. Bethany Enoch. The Pittsburg-based health provider will be involved through finding 40 Southeast Ka  nsas residents who volunteer to be counseled one-on-one, she said. 

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas has been chosen to participate in an obesity study conducted by the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The study is focused on rural areas and is targeted at examining and helping researchers determine the best way to treat obesity, according to Dr. Bethany Enoch. The Pittsburg-based health provider will be involved through finding 40 Southeast Kansas residents who volunteer to be counseled one-on-one, she said. 

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Filler text: "Once the patient is approved by KU to participate an appointment is made here at the clinic," she said.

Letters have been sent to some CHC-SEK patients to see if they are interested, McNay said.

"Letters were sent to 400 patients between the ages of 20 and 75 and whose BMI (body mass index) fell into the range of 30-to-45," McNay said.

The first patient meeting the criteria has already been met with, she said.

The BMI rating is commonly used as a barometer of obesity. CHC-SEK Director of Community Relations Bob Burk said statewide studies indicate about 30 percent of Kansans have a BMI of 30 percent or more.

"The percentages for the nine county (Southeast Kansas) area are higher, including Cherokee County which has the highest percentage in the state," Burk said.

The average BMI for Cherokee County is 39 percent, he said.

About 35 percent of Crawford County's population has a body mass index of 30 or more. Bourbon and Labette counties have about 36 percent of the population with a BMI of 30 or higher; Montgomery County has 35 percent; Allen County, 34 percent; Neosho County, 33 percent; Wilson County, 31 percent; and Woodson County had the lowest population with a BMI index of 30 or more with 30 percent, he said.

Enoch said the counseling focuses in part on scientifically driven patient-centered programs that promote healthy eating, physical activity and successful long term weight control. 

Provider Spotlight: Michelle Prebyl, MD

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Dr. Michelle Prebyl is a graduate of Emporia State University with a bachelor of science in biology and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is currently completing her training in Greeley, Colo., with the North Colorado Family Medicine Residency. She is a member of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Colorado Medical Association. 

She has served as a volunteer with two medical missions in Guatemala and Honduras, with the JayDoc Free Clinic and with KUMC Kids, doing volunteer work with hospitalized children.

Both physicians will begin seeing patients this August, according to Postai, and patients will have the option of staying with Dr. Bean or selecting one of the new physicians as their primary care physician.

"This addition will allow us to assign patients to specific patient care teams which include a physician and a nurse practitioner," Postai said. "In the past, many patients in need of a quick appointment had to see whoever was first available. After this August, patients will see the same physician and/or nurse practitioner who are familiar with their needs on a consistent basis."

Postai said that this will be a major enhancement in CHC/SEK's consistency of care. 

"It will be further supported with the addition of additional examination rooms and consultation space this summer in an area formerly housing medical records," she said. "With our conversion to electronic medical records last January we are able to capture additional room for patients. These are exciting times for CHC/SEK and we are grateful to all those who have helped make this growth possible - especially our 16,000 patients who trust us with their health and the well-being of their loved ones."

Provider Spotlight: Joshua Brueggemann, MD

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"Our new doctors were extremely impressed with our existing medical staff and all that southeast Kansas has to offer," said Postai, adding that Dr. Brueggemann was especially pleased to be practicing near his wife's family in Galena. 

Sammie Brueggemann is the daughter of Don and Susan Ezell and the granddaughter of Bob and Barbara Shears, Galena.

Dr. Brueggemann is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor of science in biology and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is currently completing his training in Wichita with the Via Christi Family medicine Residency program, and also works as a staff physician with the West Wichita Minor Emergency Clinic. 

He is a member of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association. His community activities include volunteer service with "Truth, Love and Character," sexual responsibility education for youth, the JayDoc Free Health Clinic, as a provider and preceptor, and Care for Kids, a social support program for pediatric patients.

Provider Spotlight: Linda Bean, DO

Linda Bean, DO, CHC/SEK Medical Director

Dedicated to Health in Southeast Kansas 

The mission of the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas is about more than making sure everyone has access to healthcare regardless of the ability to pay. It is about making sure that the care we provide is the highest quality possible and that it meets the needs of our communities. That is what sets CHC/SEK apart from most other healthcare providers.

At CHC/SEK, you join a team of talented, caring and mission-focused health professionals, community members and patients working together on effective, long term community-based solutions for meeting the healthcare needs of the most vulnerable and underserved populations.

Simply put, if you are looking for a career that allows you to practice at the top of your field and have a direct impact on the health outcomes of the least healthy region of the state — you belong at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas.