K-State and Stormont Vail Health partner up to help meet need for more physician assistants

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Carl and Mary Ice Hall. (Photo courtesy of K-State Communications and Marketing)

Kansas State University and Stormont Vail Health have entered into partnership with each other through the Physician Assistant program within the College of Health and Human Sciences (formerly known as the College of Human Ecology).

Through this partnership, Stormont Vail will help conduct and develop the program’s curriculum through training and real-world examples.

The two organizations also hope to fill a need for additional physician assistants.

“The partnership between Stormont Vail Health and K-State’s new Physician Assistant program is innovative and significant in addressing a critical demand for health care professionals not only in our Kansas communities but around the country,” K-State president Richard Myers said.

Stormont Vail Health will also help put together the Cotton O’Neil Manhattan Medical Campus, which will be a 55,000-square-foot medical office building located in the K-State Research Park.

Cotton O’Neil and Stormont Vail physician assistants will be able to utilize this campus in addition to the Stormont Vail Health Simulation Lab located in the nearby Mary and Carl Ice Hall. Through this lab, physician assistants will have access to infant, pediatric, adult and trauma simulators.

The medical campus will be developed on seven acres in the newly named Edge Collaboration District, which was formerly known as the North Campus Corridor, and is set to be completed in fall of 2022.

The inaugural class for K-State’s Physician Assistant program will start in spring of 2021.

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