Sens. Marshall, Moran, Rep. LaTurner Announce USDA Rural Development Grants Awarded to Kansas

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D., Jerry Moran, and U.S. Representative Jake LaTurner announced two U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grants awarded for projects in the state of Kansas. Independence Community College received $30,100 to help establish an on-campus health care center, and Labette County Medical Center received $759,600 to make upgrades to its electronic health records system, data sharing and other connected health care information systems.

“Rural communities are integral to not only our state’s culture and economy but to Kansas’ success,” Senator Marshall said. “For rural America to thrive, it’s absolutely crucial we invest in modernizing our health care facilities. As a physician who ran a hospital that served rural Kansas communities, I cannot emphasize enough the life-changing impacts investments in rural health care projects like these will have on Kansans living in Montgomery and Labette Counties.”

“Access to health care can determine the long-term success of rural communities as families decide where to live and build their lives,” said Senator Moran. “These grants are an investment in these communities and will provide Kansans with new tools and services.”

“Many rural Kansans are forced to travel hours for routine healthcare services,” said Representative LaTurner. “Investing in healthcare facilities across Kansas is vital to strengthening our local economies, growing our rural communities, and ensuring Kansans have access to quality care regardless of their zip code.”

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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