A primary care clinic that has brought additional providers to the underserved Pittsburg area opened a new building Dec. 13 following a Dec. 12 ribbon cutting and blessing for Via Christi Mercy Clinic, a joint venture partnership between two Catholic health care systems.
Via Christi Mercy Clinic at 1300 E. Centennial Drive is a 13,600 square-foot building on 2.75 acres on the Via Christi Hospital campus in Pittsburg. It can accommodate six to 10 providers with 30 exam rooms, physicians’ offices, X-ray services, a lab and a dedicated nurses’ work area.
“We are excited to partner with Mercy on the opening of this new clinic,” said Randy Cason, Via Christi Hospital president. “This is just one more way we will continue to meet the Pittsburg community’s health care needs. We want to make sure we can take care of our community and ensure they don’t have to leave the city to find compassionate, quality health care. By offering primary care and convenient care services right here on our Pittsburg campus, we can offer holistic care right here in our hometown.”
The new clinic location provides family medicine care by appointment from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and walk-in convenient care 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The new building replaces a temporary clinic on South Rouse Street that housed the joint venture for the past year.
“With this joint venture clinic, we are thrilled to have two physicians and five nurse practitioners who offer the highest quality of care,” said Dr. Tracy Godfrey, president of Mercy Clinic Southwest Missouri/Kansas. “Patients also have access to all of the nationally recognized services and technology available at Mercy and Via Christi.”
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. 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 Arma, Columbus, Galena, Fort Scott, Frontenac, Pleasanton and Oswego, Kansas, and the Joplin, Missouri, area.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
About Via Christi Health
In Kansas, Ascension’s Via Christi Health operates eight hospitals and 75 other sites of care and employs more than 6,000 associates. Across the state, Via Christi provided more than $77.8 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Kansas for more than 135 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.viachristi.org.