Tuesday, May 01, 2012
A Wichita health clinic will be expanding, thanks to a new federal grant.
Jay Angoff, Regional Director of Health and Human Services, announced Tuesday that Hunter Health Clinic received a $4.6 million dollar grant. The money will help fund a new 45,000 sq. ft. facility behind its current facility at Central and Grove.
“The Hunter Health Clinic is really unusual entity because it is the combination of three different types of clinics,” Angoff said. ”It’s a traditional health center, it’s also an urban Indian center and it’s also a center for the homeless.”
The clinic expects to hire 25 new employees, and see more than 10,000 new patients within a year of opening. The clinic has been operating out of its current location, at an old strip mall, since 1978.
Latisha Buncome, a clinic employee, said the new building will better serve the community.
“We’ve been here for 35 years,” Buncome said. “I can’t see it anywhere else.”
The grant is part of a $730 million grant through the Affordable Care Act. Kansas centers receiving money under the program are
Prairiestar Health Center in Hutchinson, which will get $5 million;
Konza Prairie Community Health Center, which gets about $4.5
million; Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, $4.7 million; and Salina Health Education Foundation, $2.7 million.