It was standing room only in the lobby of the Swope Health Services at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Dozens of people, including city council members, state representatives and civic officials, gathered to mark the formal opening of SHS’ newest clinic in Hickman Mills.
The Hickman Mills area of Kansas City has been underserved medically. In researching the area, SHS found that of the 150,000 people in the target service area, about 45,000 had to travel 10 to 20 miles to visit a safety net clinic. This, combined with limited public transportation, meant that people simply did without when it came to accessing primary care.
Kansas City Councilman Scott Taylor applauded the clinic, noting that it fills a much-needed gap and supports the Hickman Mills community. Former Kansas City councilman John Sharp, who has been a long-time advocate for SHS’s service expansion in the area, noted that he was delighted to see the clinic’s opening.
The clinic, which is funded with a federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, is located at 8800 Blue Ridge Blvd. The building is also home to a ReDiscover mental health clinic, which provides substance abuse and behavioral health services.
The new SHS clinic is assisting patients with chronic health issues like hypertension and diabetes, as well as serving a broad range of family practice clients, from newborns and children to geriatrics.
The clinic occupies 3,400 square feet on the second floor. It was significantly remodeled and updated with new equipment. There are five exam rooms, a procedure room and laboratory, plus offices, a conference room and storage.
Members of the SHS-Hickman Mills staff — Dr. Brady Hanson, Christa Moore, Jasmine Parks, Sherry Rider and Ronnie Baskin — supported President and CEO David Barber with the official ribbon cutting. Vickie Wolgast, President of the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, plus members of the chamber board, assisted and cheered the opening.
Immediately after the ceremony, it was back to business. One of the attendees at the celebration made an on-the-spot appointment with the doctor, and other patients began arriving.
“We invite everyone to come check out the new clinic and our services, even if you haven’t been to a doctor in a while,” Hanson said. “Come in for a physical and meet with us. Let us help you get and stay healthy.”
Come visit the new SHS-Hickman Mills clinic at 8800 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Kansas City. Call 816-923-5800 for the fastest same-day service or to make an appointment.