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Longtime Physician Duo to join Swope Health, Expand Pediatric Care in Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Kan. (Dec. 8, 2023) Swope Health, a leading provider of comprehensive healthcare services in the Kansas City metro area, is pleased to announce that Drs. Heidgen and Mills, a pediatric clinic in Leavenworth serving approximately 4,600 patients, will join Swope Health, effective December 11.

Dr. Debra Heidgen and Dr. Vernon Mills, two highly esteemed pediatricians who have served the Leavenworth community for more than four and five decades, respectively, will now practice at Swope Health’s Leavenworth location – 1001 Sixth Street, Ste. 210, Leavenworth, Kan. In light of this expansion, the clinic will be renamed Swope Health KidsCARE Leavenworth Pediatrics, reflecting the united commitment to serve the local community.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Heidgen and Dr. Mills to the Swope Health family,” said Jeron Ravin, J.D., President and CEO of Swope Health. “Their exceptional skills, expertise, and patient-centered approach align perfectly with our mission to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. This partnership will strengthen our ability to deliver exceptional pediatric care to the community of Leavenworth.”

Mills expressed excitement about the new venture. “Joining Swope Health will provide us with an enhanced platform to continue delivering excellent care to our patients,” he said. “By combining our expertise with the extensive resources and support of Swope Health, as well as with Dr. Lori Golon, Dr. Garret Kahle, and their team, we will be able to address the evolving healthcare needs of Leavenworth’s pediatric population more effectively.”

Heidgen echoed Mills’ enthusiasm. “I am honored to join Swope Health and to continue serving the children and families of Leavenworth. Together, with my esteemed colleagues, we look forward to continuing to provide personalized, comprehensive care to our patients, while leveraging the resources and expertise of Swope Health to enhance their well-being.”

With the addition of Heidgen and Mills, Swope Health KidsCARE Leavenworth Pediatrics will continue to offer well-child visits, immunizations, preventive care, acute illness treatment, and chronic disease management, with expanded capacity. The clinic accepts most insurance plans and serves the needs of uninsured and underinsured patients through its sliding fee program.

Swope Health remains committed to fostering a warm, welcoming environment for patients and their families, embracing a patient-centered approach that prioritizes accessibility, cultural sensitivity, and high-quality care. 

For more information about Swope Health KidsCARE Leavenworth Pediatrics, please contact Bridget Locke at blocke@swopehealth.org or (816) 599-5554 / (816) 830-2494.


Swope Health has provided comprehensive primary care, dental care and behavioral health services in the Greater Kansas City area for 54 years. Recognized as a patient-centered medical home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Swope Health’s commitment to an integrated model of healthcare aligns with its mission of improving community health and wellness by delivering accessible, quality, comprehensive patient care. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and The Joint Commission, Swope Health is also recognized as a Federally Qualified Health Center. Swope Health served 44,300 patients in 2022, and is located in 21 locations throughout the area, including Kansas City, Belton, Independence, Kansas City North, Hickman Mills, and Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties, in Kansas. Learn more at swopehealth.org.





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