PITTSBURG — Dr. Linda Bean has served the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas since it was housed in a double-wide trailer.

She is being honored as a Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Woman of Distinction for her work as Chief Medical Officer CHC/SEK, as well as her community service work.

Bean provides clinical oversight for over 65 healthcare professionals and provides care as a family practice physician. She has provided care to over 25,000 patients, as well as delivered over 650 babies.

With her help, CHC/SEK has become the largest health center in Kansas, serving over 43,000 patients a year through 11 clinics in southeast Kansas.

“When I started it was not a glamorous clinic,” Bean said. “There were two nurse practitioners and no full-time physician, but I thought they were doing good work and wanted to be a part of it.”

Bean attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville for her undergraduate studies, and earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Aside from her work with CHC/SEK, Bean aso serves on several committees and organizations including the United Health Care Provider Advisory Committee, Mt. Carmel Foundation, Sunflower Foundation and Medical Missions International.

She is a member of Crossroads Baptist Church, and she and her husband, Mike, serve as youth leaders and Sunday school teachers. Bean said her faith drives her to serve others.

“I’m very strong in my faith and relationship with God and Jesus,” Bean said. “It drives me to do good, to see the good in people and try to minister in the community however I can.”

Bean said she is grateful to the community and the chamber for the honor.

“I’m very much humbled by it because I never really thought of myself in that capacity,” she said. “But I was very excited.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.