Johnson County Healthcare Center's Hospital Administrator Sandy Ward told the Board of Trustees at their recent meeting that recruiting for an Obstetrics Physician has not gone well, and that the hospital is continuing to recruit nationwide to fill the position.
He explained that no one had expressed an interest in the position, and said unless they change the requirements of the job, they may have difficulties filling it.
The residents and med students to whom he has spoken have said they would not be interested in doing family practice and covering the Emergency Room.
Ward said they will now get creative in recruiting, saying they might, with the board's approval, try to hire an ER Doctor and then hire a female OB coctor that will have their family practice and also cover in the clinic.
Doctors from the clinic would cover some of the shifts in the ER, but that would only work for the short term, because he felt having only five doctors to rotate in the ER, dealing with vacations and other issues, would leave it understaffed.
The board approved looking into the hiring of an ER doctor and also an OB physician.