A desire to work in family medicine with underserved patient populations, Spanish-speaking patients and patients in a group setting led Rachel Eash-Scott, MD, to accept the position of medical director at Health Ministries Clinic.

"I'm thrilled to be working for an organization that has such an important part to play in the overall health of Harvey, Marion, McPherson and Butler counties," said Eash-Scott. "I think there is tremendous potential in Health Ministries Clinic to make a real difference in our communities. I respect where Health Ministries Clinic has been, and I look forward to being a part of its future."

Eash-Scott will begin her responsibilities July 8.

Matt Schmidt, interim executive director of Health Ministries Clinic, is "extremely excited" to have her join the team. "Her background is a perfect fit for Health Ministries. She has a great blend of clinical and administrative skill sets."

Her career has been spent in community health centers like Health Ministries Clinic because she feels that working with uninsured and underserved populations is important work.

"Federally qualified health centers like Health Ministries Clinic provide an integral service," she said. "Without access to primary care, people wait for much longer to get health care, potentially becoming much sicker in the meantime. They may be unable to work, they may resort to costly care in the emergency room, and they don't establish a relationship with a primary care provider who knows them and their health care needs."

Eash-Scott also pointed to studies which have shown people who have access to a primary care provider are healthier.

"Preventative care is inexpensive, effective and important in maintaining the health of communities," she said. "Health Ministries provides primary care, dental care and mental health care. We are working to integrate all of those needs so that our patients are served in a holistic manner."

Eash-Scott was most recently employed as a family physician with obstetrics at Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas. She also served as a family physician for five years at Southeast Lancaster (Pa.) Health Services, a health center that served a largely urban population with little or no insurance. While at Southeast Lancaster Health Services, she also served as medical director of its South Duke Street office for two years.

Eash-Scott is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Mennonite Medical Association and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and is licensed to provide medical services in the state of Kansas.

She is conversationally proficient in Spanish and has a particular interest in prenatal services.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 284-6103.

Health Ministries Clinic, a federally qualified health center, provides medical, dental and counseling services for the insured and uninsured in Harvey, Marion, McPherson and Butler counties regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance are accepted. Same-day appointments are available.