The Colorado Provider Recruitment (CPR), a non-profit healthcare provider recruitment and retention program of the Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC), placed a family physician at Delta Family Physicians last month. Mandy Swanson, M.D., is a board certified family physician with fellowship training in obstetrics and newborn care.
CPR also placed a physician assistant in Walsenburg and a physician assistant in Yuma.
Recruiting healthcare providers to rural locations is a challenge for every state. In fact only 11.4 percent of all physicians in the United States practice in rural areas, despite rural areas making up 20 percent of the population. "We are only going to see these figures exacerbate in the years to come as we prepare for major shortages of healthcare professionals," said Sara Leahy, Colorado Provider Recruitment's program manager. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, a shortage of 124,000 full-time physicians is projected by 2025. "Given the broader workforce shortages, we expect the impact to rural areas to be more dramatic," she added.blog comments powered by Disqus