Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas releases more details of clinic take overs

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas releases more details of clinic take overs
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(Updated 12/12/2019) Beginning Monday, December 16, CHC/SEK will assume operations at the Mercy Family Medicine Clinic in Miami, OK.

CHC/SEK is asking any patients wanting to continue care, may authorize their to have medical records transferred from Mercy in person at the Miami location at 10 S. Treaty Rd, or online at
Jason Wesco, Executive Vice-President of CHC/SEK says it will continue to honor insurances accepted by Mercy and provide discounted fees to patients who meet the financial guidelines.
Wesco says “The organization has been working with Mercy Clinic over the last year to transition operations of several of its primary care clinics to CHC/SEK to ensure its patients continue to receive care without interruption. From a patient’s perspective, having a CHC/SEK clinic in Miami makes sense because we are already serving more than a thousand Ottawa County residents who are making the drive of our Baxter Springs location. The mission of health centers such as ours is to increase access to crucial primary care by reducing barriers such as cost, lack of insurance and distance for their patients.”

The organization will take over operations at the Mercy Clinic in Columbus, KS on January 2nd and relocate the clinic.
The Mercy clinic located 101 W Sycamore Street building will be closed December 16th through January 2nd to prepare for the move.

Any Mercy patients needing services may go to the CHC/SEK clinic at 120 W. Pine St. (on the square) in Columbus.
Family Medicine specialist Dr. Benjamen Williams will continue to see patients at the Columbus clinic, and serve as medical director of the hospital.

The move to Sycamore St. brings additional opportunities for CHC/SEK, with more exam rooms, convenient parking and a larger patient waiting area.
CHC/SEK opened the Columbus clinic Oct. 1, 2007.

KOAM receives a statement after learning Mercy Hospital plans to transfer ownership of some area rural family medicine clinics.

Mercy Statement: “Mercy plans to transfer ownership of its family medicine clinics in Columbus, Kansas, and Miami, Oklahoma, to Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas. In addition, family medicine services will be ending soon at Via Christi Mercy Clinic in Pittsburg, Kansas. Patients will receive letters outlining their care options.”

KOAM has reached out to the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas and Via Christi Mercy Clinic for additional information.


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