Dr. Lynn Fisher, a family practice physician at Rooks County Health Center (RCH) for the past 13 years, recently accepted a teaching position with the Kansas University School of Medicine. A ceremony honoring Dr. Fisher’s service to Rooks County and the surrounding area will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, April 28 at RCH, 1210 N. Washington Street in Plainville.
“Everything that’s good about rural medicine is exemplified here at RCH,” stated Dr. Fisher. “By working with students early I can get them interested in family medicine and then can get them interested in practicing in rural areas. If I can convince just a couple of students to do family medicine and practice in rural areas, I can have more impact than just through my individual practice.”Education has been a long-held goal for Dr. Fisher. After completing his medical training, he realized he had a passion for resident and student education. Now he will be able to pursue that goal full time. Coincidentally, he will be teaming up with Dr. Rick Kellerman, who practiced at RCH from 1982 to 1988.
Dr. Fisher graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School and did his residency at North Colorado Family Medicine in Greely, CO. After practicing for a year in Great Bend he began looking for a new challenge and reached out to RCH provider, Dr. Jenn Brull, whom he knew, and she encouraged him to consider RCH.
“I’ve always been excited that I could work in this amazing, cutting edge, state of the art facility. RCH allowed me to expand the scope of my practice. I was proud to help RCH expand its OB services,” stated Dr. Fisher. According to Dr. Fisher, in his time with RCH he delivered whole families, up to four babies for some couples. In one day, he could experience the full circle of life, where he might see a patient in hospice pass in the morning then deliver a baby in the afternoon.
Dr. Fisher will continue to contribute to the various boards he serves on such as KHA, Kansas Medical Society, Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and Kansas Association of Family Practitioners.
A physician to replace Dr. Fisher has been recruited and is expected to begin practice at RCH in the fall.
Dr. Fisher will move to Wichita to teach in the KU School of Medicine’s Dept. of Family Medicine. His last day of practice at RCH will be May 24. Before leaving he will be inducted into RCH’s Wall of Honor, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at RCH for his years of service.