Vaccination event Jan. 24 in KCK

Please join us!

COVID-19 vaccinations available Monday, Jan. 24, 4-7 pm at The Merc Co+op, 510 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

Vaccinations available, no appointment necessary, for age 5 and up (individuals under 18 must have guardian or parent present).

Event sponsored by El Centro and Swope Health.

Swope Health Receives $1.4 Million Challenge Grant, Names Honorary Capital Campaign Chairman

Swope Health announces that Wesley Fields will serve as the honorary chairman leading the capital campaign for the PACE KC Adult Wellness Center, which has just been awarded a $1.4 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation.

Fields is partner in charge of the Kansas City office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP specializing in public finance and corporate transactions.

“Swope Health is truly honored to receive this support toward construction of the new Adult Wellness Center,” Fields said. “As the future home of the PACE KC interdisciplinary team, this state-of-the-art facility will enable us to provide a long-term care option for older adults unlike any other in our area.”

PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a national program offering a full range of health and wellness services for people age 55 and older to help them age gracefully in their home communities. Swope Health’s capital campaign supports the development of this program in Jackson County, to be called PACE KC, along with construction of the Adult Wellness Center as the central hub for most PACE services.

The Mabee Foundation, headquartered in Midland, Texas, has assisted non-profit organizations with funding of new construction, building renovations, and the purchase of major medical equipment since 1948. The challenge grant means Swope Health must raise an additional $1,066,649 by Jan. 11, 2023, to receive the Mabee Foundation funds.

PACE KC will be designed to follow the model used at 140 organizations nationally to offer the entire continuum of care and services to older adults with a proactive, hands-on approach. In addressing the needs of the whole person – physical, emotional and psychological – a team of providers works across many disciplines to help PACE members achieve and maintain their health and wellness goals.

“We express our sincere gratitude to the Mabee Foundation for this generous grant, and we are very excited to have Wesley Fields’ leadership in this capital campaign,” said Jeron Ravin, JD, Swope Health President and CEO.

“We are well positioned for success to ensure the comprehensive, personalized care that PACE and Swope Health are both well known for, as well as providing a beautiful addition to neighborhood development with the Adult Wellness Center.”

The planned location of the Adult Wellness Center is adjacent to Swope Health Central at 4141 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., with the goal of opening in 2023.

Along with clinical spaces to provide primary care, medical services and other therapies, plans include a day center, rehabilitation gym, computer lab, library, arts and crafts room, bathing suite, low-stimulation memory care area, outdoor recreation space and meeting rooms.

“The PACE KC program and the Adult Wellness Center will make a tremendous difference in the lives of many older adults in Jackson County,” said Heath Rath, Executive Director of PACE KC. “We look forward to being able to fully support older adults in living their best life safely at home.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Discussion

Swope Health is proud to host the Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s community discussion on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 7:30 am Monday, Jan. 17 via Zoom.

The event is titled “Health Equity, Economic Development, Education: A Community Discussion” and features:

The event is free. Registration is required to receive the Zoom connection information.

The event honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life accomplishments and teachings. His writings describe his dream for America’s future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind-for the first time-has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.

The panelists will take up the question: Where do we go from here? The discussion will look at the present and future, for actions and indicators that build a community of choice and advocate change. Specific discussion will address health equity, education and economic development.

 

Vaccination event POSTPONED

Swope Health and El Centro are postponing the vaccination event scheduled for 3-7 pm Monday, Jan. 10.

We will announce the rescheduled date as soon as it is available. 

 

Join us 9 am – noon Saturday, Jan. 22, for free food giveaway at Swope Health West, 4835 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan., with partners Harvesters, El Centro and Livable Neighborhoods.

Kansas City Monarchs Announce Exclusive Partnership with Swope Health

The Kansas City Monarchs today announced an allegiance with Swope Health as its exclusive healthcare services partner.

The agreement marks the first healthcare service partnership for the reigning American Association baseball champions and aligns the two organizations in a commitment to health access and social equity.

From left, Bob Kendrick, president of Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; Jeron Ravin, JD, President and CEO of Swope Health; and Mark Brandmeyer, owner of Kansas City Monarchs Baseball

“With Swope Health’s large patient population in Wyandotte County and across the metro, this partnership is a natural fit for the Monarchs,” Monarchs CEO Mark McKee said. “The partnership celebrates wellness, preventive care, and health literacy in the community through the joy of local sports.”

Swope Health President and CEO Jeron Ravin, J.D., agreed. “We are proud and honored to support the history, tradition and mission of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Monarchs. This is an opportunity to extend access to our services and, together, to write a new chapter in sports history.”

The Monarchs support Swope Health, as the voice of community health, in expanding access to healthcare and addressing health equity. The partnership will focus on community service, inviting the organizations’ networks of non-profit and civic agencies to join in providing resources to address community needs.

The Monarchs and Swope Health plan to use the ballpark facilities for new connections with the community, envisioning back-to-school events, mobile medical unit appearances at games, and promotional events to drive health initiatives and awareness.

For Swope Health, the allegiance is part of its continuing commitment to the Wyandotte County community. Swope Health recently announced plans for a new facility to be housed at the Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Downtown Community Education Center.

Wyandotte County January events — Join us!

Swope Health has two upcoming events in Kansas City, Kan. — please plan on joining us:

3-7 pm Monday, Jan 10, for a vaccination event with El Centro Inc., 501 Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan.

9 am – noon Saturday, Jan. 22, for free food giveaway at Swope Health West, 4835 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan., with partners Harvesters, El Centro and Livable Neighborhoods.

Year in Review: With thanks for your support of our mission

It’s only natural, as the calendar rolls to end 2021, that we take a look back upon a second year of COVID-19 in our community as well as the massive efforts to combat its effects.

Our list of initiatives, accomplishments, and turning points at Swope Health shows that we have built momentum and set a course for a stronger, healthier, more resilient community for all.

As we continue to grow stronger and expand our reach, we deeply appreciate the community assistance and advocacy for our work at Swope Health.

Throughout the year, we serve 45,000 patients through more than 200,000 visits in metro area. The deliberate work that we do every day is about empowering our community and removing barriers to high-quality, comprehensive care for those who need it most.

We invite you to take a moment to review the summary of the year, and consider a contribution – of any type in any amount – to help us expand our care, especially for uninsured patients, the homeless, and anyone in need.

 

COVID-19 vaccine booster recommended for 16- & 17-year-olds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended COVID-19 vaccine boosters for individuals 16 and 17 years of age.

Swope Health encourages everyone 16+ to receive a booster to strengthen your protection against COVID-19.

The Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to circulate in the Kansas City metro area, and the newest variant, the Omicron, has also been detected in Missouri.

Initial data on the Omicron variant suggests that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other variants. At this time, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized and recommended for individuals 16-17 years of age.

Protect yourself and your family this holiday season by getting a COVID-19 booster!

Who can get a booster?

Individuals ages 16+ who received the two-dose vaccine series can get their booster six months after their second vaccine. Those who received Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) may get a booster two months after their vaccine.

Established Swope Health Patients: Call 816-923-5800 for an appointment at Swope Health Central or 816-599-5111 for an appointment at Swope Health Wyandotte.

The vaccination is free and available to Swope Health established patients only.

Not a Swope Health Patient, but want a vaccine or booster by the holidays? Check out VaccinateKC.org to schedule a vaccine appointment near you.

Good news for kids! COVID-19 vaccinations now available for Swope Health patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5 to 11. And more recently, the CDC recommended booster vaccinations for 16- and 17-year-olds.

Swope Health is now offering the vaccine for kids, with parent approval, at Swope Health Central and Swope Health Wyandotte, by appointment.

Please call 816-923-5800 for an appointment at Swope Health Central or 816-599-5111 for an appointment at Swope Health Wyandotte.

The vaccination is free and available to Swope Health established patients.

“Vaccination is our best tool to stop the pandemic,” said Dr. Jennifer Frost, interim chief medical officer at Swope Health. “This is a critically important step to help protect children and family members.”

About the vaccine: The Pfizer vaccine for children has the same ingredients as the Pfizer vaccine already approved for individuals age 12 and up, although the dose is reduced. Children will receive two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, just like adults.

As with adults, there may be minor side-effects – the injection site may appear red, slightly swollen or painful. Some people experience tiredness, muscle aches, headaches, or fever for a short time after the vaccination. The side effects usually go away within a day or two.

What to expect: Swope Health patients visiting for regular well-child or other appointments will be offered the COVID-19 vaccination and the flu vaccination during the visit.

Patients who request a visit for COVID-19 vaccination ONLY can be scheduled to receive it in the pediatric clinic at Swope Health Central or at Swope Health Wyandotte.

Reminder: After an individual is vaccinated, they must remain in the clinic for a 15-minute observation period.

Please call today to schedule your child’s vaccination: 816-923-5800 at Swope Health Central or 816-599-5111 at Swope Health Wyandotte.

Not an established Swope Health patient?

If you are not interested in becoming a Swope Health patient, visit VaccinateKC.org to schedule a vaccine appointment near you.

If you are interested in your family members becoming Swope Health Patients, families can schedule an appointment for a child’s vaccination, which will include a brief medical evaluation to establish care.

Patients will be subject to standard billing and financial responsibilities for all services other than the free COVID-19 vaccination. Insurance will be billed and patients are invited to sign up for our sliding fee financial assistance program.

 

President Biden visits KC

Many thanks to President Joe Biden for coming to Kansas City yesterday, Dec. 8, 2021.

The President was in town to deliver a speech promoting the new federal programs for infrastructure development. The program will support highways, bridges, broadband access and other priorities, including investment “in communities that have too often been left behind.”

Swope Health President and CEO Jeron Ravin JD met the President and invited him to visit Swope Health to see first-hand the work our teams do to care for our community.

We are especially excited to share our PACE KC (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) program.

We look forward to that opportunity!