How Do We Educate Vaccine-resistant Parents Without Driving Them Away?

July 10, 2014 | Alerts, Health Advice, News | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

PRFM’s own Dr. Loney recently published this article via

As of June 6, nearly 400 cases of measles had been reported in the United States this year. That is by far the highest total since public health officials declared the disease eradicated in this country in 2000. The 16 separate outbreaks in 20 states have led me to think a lot about the spread of vaccine-preventable illness and what I want my clinic policy to be regarding the care of unvaccinated patients.

The highest numbers of cases have been reported from California, Ohio and New York City. Back in April when California had “only” 58 reported cases (close to the yearly national average), the CDC reported that at least 11 people had been infected in doctors’ offices, hospitals or other health care settings. There also have been outbreaks of mumps, pertussis and varicella in various parts of the country in the past year, making the chances of encountering one or another of these vaccine-preventable illnesses in our practices much more likely than in prior years.

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Rooks County welcomes the return of James Dinkel

July 1, 2014 | News, Students | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

WP_20140617_001James Dinkel, a native of Plainville, is in the midst of a six week program shadowing Dr. Dan Sanchez.  This experience through the Kansas University School of Medicine has offered him a taste of practical medical education and has offered insight on his future plans as a medical provider.

Where are you from?

I grew up here in Plainville.  For college I stayed with small towns and went to Sterling College in Sterling, KS.  I graduated and worked as an IT systems administrator in El Dorado, KS for several years before finishing up required classes for medical school.  I moved to Kansas City, KS 2 years ago to attend KU School of Medicine which is where I currently reside.

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Amanda Casey’s Homecoming Internship

June 5, 2014 | News, Students | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

WP_20140603_002Amanda Casey has joined the Post Rock team through the end of July as she interns with Emily Decker, PA. Amanda will be applying to PA school this fall and is excited to be back in her hometown as she spends time with Emily. She is one of Jerry and Karen Casey’s seven children.

Where are you from?

I grew up in this wonderful town of Plainville, KS. I lived in Dodge City, KS for two years where I obtained an Associate’s of Science degree from Dodge City Community College . After graduating from Dodge City, I moved closer to my hometown. Hays, KS is where I currently reside while I finish my Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion/Exercise Therapy and Pre-Physician’s Assistant coursework. I will be applying to Wichita State University’s Physician’s Assistant program this fall.

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