At their last meeting the Johnson County Healthcare Center's Board of Trustees discussed Dr. Lawrence Kirven, his acceptance of a different position and what that will mean to both him and the healthcare center.
Kirven's long-time nurse, Lori Lutterman, said in a later interview that Dr. Kirven has accepted a position with the University of Washington School of Medicine that will require him to spend most of his time working in the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) medical program.
She explains what WWAMI is.
Dr. Kirven has been teaching with the program for a number of years, Lutterman said, and this new responsibility is a significant step up in his career. He will continue to oversee the program throughout the entire state of Wyoming, which will continue to benefit Buffalo as well as the entire state, although it will be a loss for the healthcare center.
Kirven, who has worked at JCHC for 28 years, will continue seeing his patients for now but will transition them to other doctors' care as of July 1st.
The WAMI program started in 1971, according to their website http://www.uwmedicine.org/educat..., with Wyoming joining in 1996 to form the acronym WWAMI.
WWAMI was founded with five goals: (1) provide publicly supported medical education; (2) increase the number of primary-care physicians and help provide better distribution of physicians; (3) provide community-based medical education; (4) expand graduate medical education (residency training) and continuing medical education; and (5) provide all of these in a cost-effective manner.