the heart of compassionate healing and education

Salina Health Education Foundation, Inc. (SHEF) was founded in 1979 by Dr. Robert Brown as a community based, non-profit family medicine residency program. The mission of the organization was to train family medicine physicians for rural Kansas through the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program.

Salina Cares was founded in 1991 as a free clinic to serve the low income uninsured of Salina. The residency program began providing resident physicians to staff Salina Cares in 1998.

In early 2004, Salina Cares merged with SHEF and a new clinic name, Salina Family Healthcare Center (SFHC), was selected to reflect the long history of service to the community. SFHC became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) on December 1, 2004.

Late in 2005 SHEF opened our dental office. Our Pharmacy was opened in 2013 to serve our patients.

In February 2009, SHEF began efforts to transform our practice into a patient-centered healthcare home. Through this work, SHEF has redefined its mission as being "to provide excellent healthcare in a patient-centered setting that fosters education, all in a positive work environment."

Guiding us as we fulfill that mission are our desires to lead the way in training family physicians for rural Kansas; to provide access to quality healthcare regardless of one's ability to pay; to be the employer of choice in the community; to demonstrate good stewardship of entrusted resources; and to be a center for innovation and learning.

The Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program has continued to produce class after class of highly dedicated and competent family physicians, most of whom serve patients of rural Kansas.