Family physician Kevin Hoppock was born and raised in Wichita, and he chose to make it his home when he began practicing medicine about 20 years ago.
Hoppock attended Wichita Heights High School, Wichita State and the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.
He is past president of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County and past president of the Kansas Medical Society, where he currently serves as the legislative committee chairman. He practices at Via Christi Clinic on East 21st Street.
“It’s a great community in which to practice medicine,” Hoppock said. “The philosophy of family medicine had some of its birth here with one of the very first family practice residency programs in the country here. So this community has been very supportive of the holistic care we aspire to in family medicine.”
Though Wichita is home, he still travels. As part of the Evangelical Friends denomination, Hoppock has made mission work a focus.
The encouraging part is that we see increasing access to health care and we’re working closely with the governor and his staff to try to make the new KanCare program as hospitable to patients and physicians as possible, minimizing the disruption and expanding access.
Q. 5 Any issue in particular the committee has focused on?
A. Last year, nurses were seeking unfettered, independent practice, and as we’ve looked at the health care principles and desire for the best possible health care for Kansas, we recognize that the team approach is critical to our future as well as the quality of care being delivered. What that means is you have highly trained professionals that have the ability to direct these teams that provide care to larger numbers of Kansans without sacrificing the quality of that. …
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants have the capacity to go ahead and increase access, especially in the harder to get to parts of Kansas, but by having them as part of the health care team directed by physicians then we have the capacity to increase access without sacrificing quality.