Via Christi, Mercy Break Ground on Joint Venture Clinic

September 19, 2016

Pittsburg, Kan. – The groundbreaking today for Via Christi Mercy Clinic is a major step in a new joint venture partnership that creates a primary care physician practice.

Via Christi Mercy Clinic will be 13,600 square feet on 2.75 acres on the Via Christi Hospital campus in Pittsburg. It will accommodate six to 10 providers with 30 exam rooms, physicians’ offices, X-ray services, a lab and a dedicated nurses’ work area. Estimated construction cost is $2.6 million. With the facility expected to open in mid-2017, a temporary clinic will be at 2711 S. Rouse Ave. in Pittsburg.

“This groundbreaking is a visible and symbolic step forward in the creation of our new Via Christi Mercy Clinic,” said Randy Cason, president of Via Christi Hospital. “Our joint venture will be very good for the community of Pittsburg, for the region’s physician community and for the patients we all serve in southeast Kansas.”

“This new facility will improve access to essential health care services and deliver the highest quality of care to residents of southeastern Kansas and the surrounding area,” said Dr. Tracy Godfrey, president of Mercy Clinic Joplin. “Market research shows that Pittsburg — like many other rural communities — is underserved by primary care physicians, leading to many patients having to travel out of the area to receive basic care. Via Christi and Mercy believe that, by working together, we will be able to better meet the challenge of attracting primary care physicians to this community.”

Representatives from both Mercy and Via Christi turned dirt at the site for the new clinic in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Representatives from both Mercy and Via Christi turned dirt at the site for the new clinic in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Via Christi, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas, with hospitals, clinics and senior living villages in Pittsburg, Wichita, Manhattan and Hays, Kansas. Mercy, with services in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, has a shared Catholic heritage and a similar integrated continuum of care, including hospitals and physician clinics in nearby Joplin, Missouri, and Fort Scott and Columbus, Kansas.

“Pittsburg is blessed with a great community of independent doctors, both specialists and primary care physicians,” said Michael L. Mullins, CEO of Via Christi Health and Kansas Ministry Market Leader for Ascension. “Via Christi and Mercy believe that, by working together with the dedicated physicians already serving the Pittsburg area, we will provide our patients with better access to primary care close to home. This will benefit both the Pittsburg community and the stability of local health care services.”

More information on the joint venture is available here.

Media coverage of the groundbreaking includes KOAM, the Joplin Globe and the Morning Sun.

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