Kansas Physician Is Named 1999 Rural Health Practitioner of the Year

Kansas Physician Is Named 1999 Rural Health Practitioner of the Year

Rosemarie Sweeney

Richard V. Ohmart, M.D., Oakley, Kan., was named Rural Health Practitioner of the Year at the 22nd Annual Conference of the National Rural Health Association in San Diego. Dr. Ohmart has served the rural northwest Kansas town of Oakley for 36 years. For almost 20 of those 36 years, he was the only doctor in the town of 2,100 people-at one time for a period of almost 10 years. He is also a preceptor at his alma mater, the University of Kansas School of Medicine, for a program in which senior medical students spend time in rural communities. In addition to his professional work, Dr. Ohmart is active in his community and devotes time to his hobbies of photography and writing. His writing has appeared in JAMA, American Medical News, Medical Economics, American Family Physician and Kansas Medicine. Currently, Dr. Ohmart continues to practice family medicine and is director of education for northwest Kansas with the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Recipients of five other national awards presented at the conference were Dennis P. DeGross, Anchorage, Alaska, the Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health Care; Shackelford County Community Resource Center, Shackelford County, Texas, Outstanding Rural Health Practice; Bladen Rural Health Network, Bladen County, N.C., Outstanding Rural Health Program; Charles G. Stephens, M.D., Wichita, Kan., Distinguished Educator Award; and Lanis L. Hicks, Ph.D., Columbia, Mo., Distinguished Researcher Award.

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