Cherryvale Clinic Relocates

November 21, 2011

Father Drew Heiman of St. Andrew Catholic

Church in Independence and St. Francis

Xavier in Cherryvale blesses each room

of the Mercy Clinic Cherryvale with holy

water during a blessing ceremony on opening

day in the clinic’s new location at

203 W. Main Nov. 21.

After nearly 20 years at its Fourth Street address, Mercy’s Cherryvale Clinic opened its doors to patients Nov. 21 in its new location at 203 W. Main.

Providers Marc Hoffmeister, PA-C, and Davia (Jewett) Knight, PA-C, and other clinic staff welcomed about 30 Cherryvale community members, business and civic leaders, Mercy leadership, Sisters of Mercy and board members for an opening day blessing ceremony performed by Father Drew Heiman, pastor of the St. Andrew Catholic Church in Independence and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Cherryvale. Fr. Heiman conducted a short prayer service and blessing of each room of the clinic to christen the facility in accordance with Mercy’s Catholic traditions.

The new clinic, the former home of Cherryvale’s Dollar General Store, offers expanded space, including larger patient exam rooms and more area for patient waiting and parking, and eventually also will offer X-ray and pharmacy services. The clinic’s hours also have been extended until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday to better accommodate patients.

“We are excited to practice in this new, patient-friendly facility,” said Hoffmeister. “I think our patients will notice a real difference in terms of comfort and convenience, and we invite everyone to drop in and take a look.”

Hoffmeister, Knight and the clinic staff provide routine primary care and basic lab services for patients of all ages. Hoffmeister joined the clinic in 1991, when it was first owned by family practice physician Dr. Charles Empson, who still serves as the medical director for the clinic. Mercy purchased the clinic from Dr. Empson in February 1992. Knight, a Cherryvale native with nine years of experience as a physician assistant, joined Mercy in October to serve as a second provider in the clinic.

An open house is planned at the clinic from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 8, in conjunction with Cherryvale’s “Hometown Holidays” merchant celebration. Refreshments, giveaways and tours will be offered.

More information on the clinic is available by calling the 620-336-2131.