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Nurse Practitioner Denise Johnson joins Scott County Hospital as the Kansas Recruitment Center’s 100th placement


Nov 3, 2010

Denise Johnson, ARNP, joined Scott County Hospital this month. She is the 100th provider placed by the Kansas Recruitment Center (KRC), a not-for-profit program that provides recruiting assistance to organizations across Kansas seeking health care providers.

Originally from Scandia, Kan., Johnson always knew a rural career was in her future.

“I began my nursing career at Republic County Hospital in Belleville, Kan. And completed my three final rotations in rural settings,” Johnson said. The warm welcome she received from Scott County Hospital and the family feel of the community added additional excitement for Johnson as she begins her career in Scott City.

“Denise displays multiple and long term nursing background experience from trauma nursing to state surveyor. Her desire to practice rural medicine was icing on the cake,” Mark Burnett, president and CEO of Scott County Hospital, said.

Johnson received an associate degree in nursing from Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan., a BS in nursing from the University of Kansas, and a master of science in nursing with a specialization in family nurse practitioner from the University of Kansas.

Since it began in 2003, the KRC, which is managed by the Rural Health and Education Services as part of the University of Kansas Medical Center, has placed health care professionals in 44 of the 105 Kansas counties. The 100 health care providers placed serve the more than 825,000 Kansans living in rural communities.

Johnson is the second provider placed in Scott County.

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