June 13, 2019
The Belleville Telescope
The North Central Kansas Health Care Foundation announced this week that Dr. Kurtis Klecan, a Topeka native, will open a family medicine practice in Republic County next year.
Dr. Klecan, 29, is a resident at the Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency where he is receiving training for a full scope practice. His practice in Belleville will include general medicine and procedures for all ages, including obstetrics. He received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Kansas in 2012, and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita in 2017.
Dr. Klecan will be in private practice in the NCK Medical Arts Center, beginning in September 2020. He will join longtime practitioners Dr. Andy Walker, Dr. Nolan Beavers, Briana Jensen, ARNP and Lori Rhine, ARNP to provide care for patients in the clinic, Republic County Hospital and emergency room, and Jewell County Hospital.
Dr. Klecan and his wife, Kaylyn, have a one-year-old son, Hudson. Kaylyn Klecan is a native of Louisville, Colo., and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baker University. She has worked in a hospital setting on the medical, trauma, and on surgical PACU floors.
“My family and I are eager to join the community of Belleville and can’t wait to work and live alongside you all,” said Dr. Klecan this week.
The family enjoys boating, camping, barbecuing, fishing, hunting, gardening, and playing recreational sports.
“I am a huge Kansas City Royals, Chiefs, and Nebraska Cornhusker fan,” says Dr. Klecan. “My dad, William Klecan, grew up outside of Odell, NE and raised me to be a Husker. My mom, Mary Beth (Bruna) Klecan, grew up in Hanover, KS and is the sister to the owners of Bruna Implement. My grandparents and many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins are still in the area, including my cousin Briana Jensen, who is a nurse practitioner in Belleville’s clinic.
“My family and I are excited to get back to Kansas. I have gotten to know the community of Belleville through med school and residency rotations. My family and I are excited to settle down and build a practice.”
Brent Scott, Belleville, NCKHCF chairman, said the successful recruitment of Dr. Klecan is the result of nearly a year’s work that involved numerous people, from members of the local medical community and hospital staff, to volunteers who work behind the scenes on fundraising, visiting residency programs, and hosting potential candidates to the community.
“It has been more than 12 years since the NCKHCF has had to actively recruit a new physician, but the groundwork that has been laid in that time in fundraising and building relationships with residency programs has been invaluable,” he said.
“Most family practice physicians are committed to a community early in their three-year residency phase,” he said. “The state limits the number of residency slots in Kansas programs, which means competition is fierce between communities for those doctors. In addition, a growing number of family medicine doctors are choosing not to do obstetrics, surgery or emergency room coverage as part of their practice, which further reduces the number of candidates who are a good fit for Republic County.”
The United States could see a shortage of up to 120,000 family medicine physicians by 2030, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Along with local volunteer efforts, Scott said the Foundation engaged the services of a professional recruiting firm that helped advertise the opportunities in Republic County across the nation. The recruiting firm helps interview and screen candidates to find the best potential matches for the practice in Republic County. The cost of the recruiting firm was covered by a grant from the Republic County Community Foundation.
“The Foundation has hosted or interviewed at least a half dozen more candidates who show interest in the style of practice here,” said Scott. “Dr. Klecan checked all the boxes for the kind of physician we feel best meets the needs of local patients, and we continue to be in contact with other candidates who show a desire to establish a long term, full spectrum practice.
“We know members of the community have been eager to hear updates about physician recruitment,” Scott said. “It is a time-consuming process and one that requires great patience, but also requires a good deal of confidentiality because of the competitive nature of recruitment between communities.
“This is a happy and exciting day for the Foundation to make this announcement about Dr. Klecan, and we continue to appreciate the community’s support and confidence as we work through this process.”
North Central Kansas Health Care Foundation
The mission of Republic County Hospital is to provide accessible, compassionate, comprehensive quality health care that will enhance the quality of life within our community.
Our strength comes from the commitment and compassion of our health care team and the support of our community. “Our Family Caring for Your Family” is our motto at Republic County Hospital and we feel this statement embodies the way we deliver health care to our community.
Our 25-bed critical access hospital includes an 8-bed Intermediate Swing Bed (ISB) unit and is a not-for-profit facility that is owned by the citizens of Republic County. Republic County Hospital is leased and operated by Great Plains Health Alliance. Republic County Hospital was constructed in 1960 with expansion projects in 1970, 1980, and 2005. Republic County Hospital continues to provide up to date health care services to North Central Kansas and South Central Nebraska. We strive to meet and exceed our patients’ needs and expectations through continuous Quality Improvement activities.
The North Central Kansas Health Care Foundation is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization and your donations are tax deductible. Gifts of all sizes are appreciated and can be done as a one-time donation or as a monthly contribution. Unrestricted donations are always welcomed or donors may designate their gift to a specific cause. We recognize all donors in our donor book and honor those who made donations qualifying for our donors club on our commemorative plaques located near the front lobby of the hospital. Memorials and honorariums are also a beautiful way to pay tribute to loved ones and friends.
The North Central Kansas (NCK) Health Care Foundations was formed in 1987 by citizens from Republic County who were concerned about the critical shortage of physicians that Republic County was facing and the future health care needs of the area. The Foundation’s Mission is to insure the continued success of Republic County Hospital and to insure comprehensive health care is available for future generations. The Foundation works side by side with the staff of Republic County Hospital to achieve these goals.
Membership and Recognition
Donor Club Memberships
- Director $50,000 and up
- Patrons $10,000-$49,999
- Sponsors $1,000-$9,999
- Donors $500-$999
- Friends $100-$499
There are many ways you can assist the NCK Health Care Foundation. Some possibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Gifts of cash and/or securities
- Trusts and annuities which allow you to give during your lifetime but reserve the income on your gift for your usage
- Gifts of real property
- Bequests in the form of thoughtfully planned wills
- Gifts of life insurance
- Gifts of home or farmland
- Gifts of grain or livestock
The Foundation’s goal is to support the overall development, promotion, and accessibility of compassionate, comprehensive, quality health care in the North Central Kansas and South Central Nebraska area by providing financial assistance for much-needed programs including:
- Recruitment of physicians and health care personnel
- Procurement and maintenance of modern diagnostic equipment
- Health care scholarships
- Community health education programs
- Capital improvements to the hospital structure.