KC CARE Clinic acquires new location in Northeast Kansas City

Good Morning, Andy.

I am issuing a press release to you at the Kansas City Star today to let you know that the Kansas City CARE Clinic is opening its third location this month. As the opening in mid-April draws near, we want the community to know of this exciting opening in the Northeast Neighborhood. It’s a turbulent time in public health, but for 46 years, the Kansas City CARE Clinic has stayed its course – to provide Care, Access, Research & Education to the underserved and all in our community. This location opening represents an opportunity for even more growth and expansion. I can be reached at dougd@kccareclinic.org or 816-777-2762 with any questions. Please see the press release attached and pasted below.

Thank you, Doug Day Vice President of Marketing & Development

KC CARE Clinic acquires new location in Northeast Kansas City One of the nation’s largest charitable care clinics acquires a family medical practice in Northeast Neighborhood to expand access for patients

Kansas City, MO. (April 3, 2017) – The Kansas City CARE Clinic (formerly the Kansas City Free Health Clinic), a private, nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), today announced it will be opening its third Clinic location in the Northeast Neighborhood of Kansas City on April 10, 2017.

The Kansas City CARE Clinic has acquired NEighborhood Family Care, a private practice in operation since 1994, upon the retirement of beloved Northeast community member Dr. Elaine Joslyn.

“As the founder and physician of NEighborhood Family Care, I have dedicated my career to serving this Kansas City neighborhood by providing quality and compassionate healthcare. My career has been rewarding and driven by my love for this community,” said Dr. Joslyn. “As I considered my plans for retirement, my goal was to find the right partner to assume responsibility for my clinic and my patients. With the Kansas City CARE Clinic, I see an organization with a common vision and dedication to the community.”

The KC CARE Clinic is not new to the Northeast. For years, as the Kansas City Free Health Clinic, it operated a location less than two miles from the NEighborhood Family Care location.

“We do not take this honor lightly,” said KC CARE CEO Sheri Wood. “Dr. Joslyn’s clinic is a true Northeast Neighborhood institution that has faithfully served its residents. We are thrilled to serve the community through this new location. Returning to the Northeast feels like coming home, and we could not be happier.”

As a foremost safety net provider in the Kansas City metro for more than 46 years, the KC CARE Clinic is well equipped to transition care of Dr. Joslyn’s 2,000+ patients. The Clinic already serves 12,000 patients through its current locations in Midtown at 3515 Broadway and a Prospect/Meyer office at 2340 E. Meyer Blvd. on Research Medical Center’s campus.

In its 46-year history, the Kansas City CARE Clinic has evolved and adapted to meet the needs of the community despite changes in the healthcare landscape. The Clinic has always been committed to providing high-quality, culturally competent primary care and reducing health disparities in the underinsured and uninsured populations. With nearly 250,000 individuals estimated to need access to primary care in the Kansas City metro, the KC CARE Clinic is an established community leader in HIV services and an essential regional partner, collaborating for years with the area’s other FQHCs, community safety net clinics, healthcare providers, regional foundations, and civic leaders to help address this larger community need.

To celebrate the occasion, the Kansas City CARE Clinic will be hosting a Grand Opening with the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m at 4601 Independence Ave, Kansas City, MO 64124. Members of the media are invited to attend.

A Northeast News feature about Dr. Elaine Joslyn’s retirement can be viewed here: http://northeastnews.net/pages/?p=35085

About the Kansas City CARE Clinic: The Kansas City CARE Clinic (formerly the Kansas City Free Health Clinic) is one of the oldest and largest charitable care clinics in the nation. Founded in 1971, the Clinic provides Care, Access, Research, & Education for the underserved and all people in the Kansas City community. The Kansas City CARE Clinic’s clinical services include adult general primary care, HIV primary care, pediatric care, oral healthcare, and behavioral health services which are enhanced by supportive services such as case management, care coordination, and community screenings and health education. In 2016, the Clinic opened a pharmacy at its Broadway location. With a staff of nearly 150 and more than 700 dedicated volunteers, the Clinic provides healthcare, education, and support for nearly 12,000 individuals through more than 13,000 clinical patient appointments and nearly 56,000 case management, education, prevention, and testing encounters. The mission of the Kansas City CARE Clinic is to promote health and wellness by providing quality care, access, research, and education to the underserved and all people in our community.

For more information about the Clinic, visit www.kccareclinic.org.

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