CHC/SEK to Relocate Coffeyville Center Thanks to Generosity of Local Physicians
The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas is pleased to announce the future relocation of its health center to 801 W. Eighth, formerly known as the Doctor’s Clinic.
“Through the generosity of The Sandhu Family, CHC/SEK is the recipient of their beautiful fully-equipped facility,” announced CHC/SEK CEO Krista Postai. Following minor modifications to house the dental clinic, all clinic services will be relocated from 604 S. Union Street. The building, being donated by the family, will be rededicated as “The Sandhu Building.”
“Our goal is to formally begin the transition January 2, 2017 with all pieces in place by March 31,” Postai said explaining that some services will take more time to move than others because they require surveys and approvals by outside agencies. “This is much more than just a change of address, but a major step forward for our staff and patients into a facility designed specifically for health care.”
“Our goal is to accomplish much of this over the next 30 days,” Postai said, adding that in addition to acquiring the building, both physicians have agreed to continue providing health care services to their existing patients and new ones seeking care from CHC/SEK. They will officially join CHC/SEK January 2, 2017.
“Both physicians have dedicated their lives to serving this community since 1973 and many people depend upon them for their medical care,” Postai said. “By joining our organization, we can take the burden of running a medical practice off their shoulders and let them do what they enjoy the most. So while they will continue to serve the patients they’ve had for many years, they will also soon be available to care for new and current CHC/SEK patients.”
Plans call for Dr. Paul Sandhu to maintain his full-time practice, with Dr. Geeta Sandhu continuing to work part-time seeing patients and providing in-hospital services, as needed. Their long-time office manager, Earlene Smith, will also continue on providing clinic support and working with the area businesses on their occupational health needs.
“Dr. Paul Sandhu has a close relationship with many local companies who depend upon him for their employee health needs,” said Postai. “He will be able to continue doing so with backup from the other medical providers on our staff when he is otherwise unavailable.”
Postai went on to express appreciation to the Sandhus for their support of CHC/SEK’s mission of providing quality health care to all, regardless of someone’s ability to pay. “After more than 50 years in medicine, Dr. Paul Sandhu clearly indicated his desire to continue to help the people of Coffeyville.”
Drs. Paul and Geeta consider themselves to be fortunate to have received the warmth and support from the community for the years they have been in Coffeyville. They want to give back to the community by ensuring, through CHC/SEK, that the health care needs of the community will be provided for today and generations to come.
The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas is a non-profit charitable organization established in 2002 to provide quality, affordable, accessible medical, dental and mental health care regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. It serves more than 43,000 patients at 11 sites in southeast Kansas including its main clinic in Coffeyville, school-based health centers at Community Elementary and Field Kindley and in Independence within Four County Mental Health Center. Medical director for Montgomery County is Dr. Swati Choudhary, a board certified specialist in internal medicine.
An official celebration and open house for the public will be scheduled once CHC/SEK is fully transitioned to the new location, said Postai.
“Our staff is extremely excited about this wonderful gift and it couldn’t come at a better time,” said Postai. “We have new staff joining us soon and there was concern about enough space to accommodate them. We now have room to grow and grow we will,” she said.