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After Joplin tornado, Brownback allows Missouri doctors to work in Kansas

May 27, 2011


— Because of the tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., Gov. Sam Brownback has issued a temporary order that will allow Missouri health care professionals to work in Kansas.

“Sunday’s tornado in Joplin not only severely damaged the St. John’s Regional Medical Center but also many of the town’s medical offices and treatment facilities, putting a strain on the remaining medical community and leaving many medical professionals with nowhere to treat their patients,” Brownback said.

“Allowing Missouri medical professionals to work at Kansas facilities will ensure their patients continue to have access to all necessary and essential services,” he said.

The executive order applies to licensed practitioners from Jasper County, Mo.. who intend to provide medical services in Labette or Cherokee counties in Kansas.

The order is in effect until June 26.


KEITHMILES05 7 years, 1 month ago

Oh, Sam you are such a wonderful governor!

Why the hell this needed to be broadcast all over the media is beyond me. This could have been an administrative decision and leave it at that. Nothing like playing POLITICES in a catatrophe. Shameful Sam, absolutely shameful.

DillonBarnes 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm not a big fan of Sammy, but there's nothing wrong with getting this information out to the public. News articles might be the way many people hear about this option. Chill out over little stuff like this.

kusp8 7 years, 1 month ago

Agreed, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with this article.

appleaday 7 years, 1 month ago

Can Missouri nurses and nurse practitioners work in Kansas?

kernal 7 years, 1 month ago

appleaday, the article says healthcare providers from Jasper Co., MO can work in Labette and Cherokee counties in KS. That would include nurse practitioners from Jasper Co., MO.

appleaday 7 years, 1 month ago

But the Journal-World might work on their headline.

Jan Rolls 7 years, 1 month ago

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Mike Slack 7 years, 1 month ago

The big problem with this is that the main nearby medical facilities capable of handling this are actually in Crawford County (to the north of Cherokee). Crawford County is where Pittsburg is, and though it may not be as large as Joplin, it is a heck of lot larger than any cities Cherokee or Labette counties have to offer, including Parsons.

Having grown up in and lived in Southeast Kansas till 2006, it's an easy thing to realize that Crawford County should also be included in this list. When you live in Pittsburg going to Joplin is the same as a Lawrence resident going to Johnson County. It's not a big deal and most of us do it regularly. Though Joplin residents may not travel to Pittsburg as often, the trip is still much more convenient. This is especially true since Pittsburg lies to the northwest of Joplin and I can only assume the main highway (MO 171) remains easily travable as the brunt of the storm hit the south of the city.

In fact, according to Google, Parsons is well over an hour from Joplin, while most residents of Joplin can get to Pittsburg in under a half-hour. Though closer Cherokee County, with all do respect, likely contain communities (besides limited facilities in Baxter Springs) that could actually lend substantial assistance, includingGalena, and Riverton.

I'm not saying Cherokee and Labette counties should not be included in this order, I am just saying that Crawford County is the most logical.

I tend to keep quiet with most of the stuff Brownback does in the comment section, but in no way because I agree with him. However, from my perspective this is obviously something he has dropped the ball. He obviously does not know, or chooses to keep anyone around him who knows, how Kansans actually live day-to-day. It would not have not taken anything more than a phone call to a Crawford County or Pittsubrg official to figure this out.

Bob Forer 7 years ago

I lived in Parsons for over a decade. You are absolutely right.

Mike Slack 7 years, 1 month ago

I apologize, but the second sentence of the third paragraph should read as:

Though closer Cherokee County, with all do respect, does not contain communities (besides limited facilities in Baxter Springs and Columbus) that could actually lend substantial assistance, including Galena which is the closet to Joplin, and Riverton.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 1 month ago

There's nothing wrong with this policy, or announcing it through the media.

What's sad is that such a good, sensible policy is so atypical of this governor.

Jan Rolls 7 years, 1 month ago

Can anyone explain how this announcement affects us? So we know it now what? Again it was a publicity stunt. I don't live anywhere near that area but at least I know how close pittsburg is to Joplin and evidently sam and his priced administration flunkies do not.

xclusive85 7 years, 1 month ago

This wasn't a story specifically for the ljworld. It was also published in papers that are local to the affected areas. Why can't you get behind something like this? Just because it was something positive that Brownback did, I get it.

Scott Morgan 7 years ago

It's news, this is why the story is being reported.

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