Expanding services in Dodge City

Expanding services in Dodge City

DODGE CITY - Pratt Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the expansion of services offered by the PRMC Clinic Services office in Dodge City to provide healing and hope to survivors of sexual assault or human trafficking .

“We are really here to help victims start that process of healing the second they walk through our doors,” said Jacque Kemmerer DNP, SANE Program Coordinator.  The program offers 24/7 access to specially-trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE). 

“We offer patients medical care, injury documentation, counseling referrals, along with medications they need and any evidence collection,” said Kemmerer, whose team of nurses completes 40 hours of specialized training in evidence collection and victim care. “We then work with law enforcement and community agencies to follow up and provide the best care and best outcomes for our patients.”

The SANE program offers:

Identification and care of injuries

Evidence collection

Treatment for some sexually transmitted diseases

Emotional support

Counseling and crisis care referral

Health care follow-up recommendations and referral

This program is a partnership offering survivors evidenced-based, best practice health care together with community support services to meet immediate needs and assist with long-term healing after sexual assault or domestic violence.

According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States have experienced an attempted or completed rape in some time in their lives. Most victims of sexual assault know their attacker. Nationally, 73 percent of victims knew the attacker, in Kansas 90 percent knew the attacker (NSVRC and KBI data).

The decision to report to law enforcement is entirely yours. DNA evidence from a crime like sexual assault can be collected from the crime scene, but it can also be collected from your body, clothes, and other personal belongings. Some survivors say that reporting and seeking justice helped them recover and regain a sense of control over their lives.  You have several options for reporting sexual assault: 

·         Call 911. If you are in immediate danger, dial 911. Help will come to you, wherever you are.

·         Contact local the local police department. Call the direct line of your local police station or visit the station in person.

·         Visit PRMC Clinic Services. If seeking medical treatment from sexual assault, tell the medical professional that you wish to report the crime. Services are available to adult and teen survivors, at PRMC Clinic Services, 1206 Frontview, Suite 202 & 204 in Dodge City.

Jacque Kemmerer, DNP, was contacted by both the Ford County Sheriff’s office and Dodge City Police Department about the need for SANE trained medical professionals in Dodge City, after having to send victims to Hays for examinations.  PRMC Clinic Services and local law enforcement have been working together to get this program operational for over a year now.  Specialty equipment was funded through a grant from the Pratt Health Foundation and extensive training has been completed, so that victims are able to be treated in Dodge City without the need for travel.

Thanks to the Dodge City Daily Globe for providing coverage of our program. Read their story!