Monday, March 21, 2011
Staff and patients will soon see more room at Hunter Health Clinic's Brookside location. Once the expansion is complete, the two-room clinic will have six medical exam rooms and four eye care rooms.
"Most of our patients don't have any money. They're at or below poverty level and to have some place nice to come, to call their medical home, would just be a very wonderful feeling, I'm sure, for these folks," said Kathryn Wolfe-Wappelhorst, director of the Brookside Clinic.
Dozens of people including the state's governor attended Monday's groundbreaking ceremony.
"I have seen these been very effective around the state. The Hunter Clinic has already been very effective here. This expansion, I think, is just going to help them more in another area of the city," said Gov. Sam Brownback.
According to Hunter Health, the Planeview community is one of the most underserved populations in Wichita, with 50% living in poverty, 27% uninsured, and 48% speaking a language other than English in their homes.
"We've got a diverse population in the state of Kansas, so they need to be able to have services that can communicate with them. Particularly, you're talking about medical issues, somebody's got to be able to understand," said Gov. Brownback.
Hunter Health Clinic expects to serve an additional 2,000 to 2,500 individuals in its first full year of operation at this new site. The expansion project involved over a dozen public and private partnerships.
"I can't believe all the people that came together and offered their assistance, their time, their effort to make this happen," said Wolfe-Wappelhorst.
The clinic will continue operating as usual as the construction gets underway.