At their last meeting, the Johnson County Healthcare Center's Board of Trustees voted not to fund the Loan Repayment Program for FY 2014.
After hearing an updated and gloomier outlook for the upcoming year's cash flow and budget, the board decided their didn't appear to be enough funds to pay for the program this year.
Ironically, this was to be the first year of the program after the board approved it at their meeting last month.
The program is designed to help practitioners pay back portions of their school educational loans, with the amounts awarded to them determined by the Board of Trustees based on a number of different criteria including the financial situation of the JCHC. The practitioners who would qualify for the program would then be required to sign a three-year employment contract with the JCHC.
Two doctors at the JCHC had applied for the program over the last month, but were turned down, when the board, on the recommendation of Administrator Sandy Ward, voted to suspend the program for this year.