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Prairie View purchases former Newton Professional Centre building to co-locate community health services

Newton, Kan.– Prairie View, Inc., has purchased the former Newton Professional Centre Building, located at 215 South Pine Street in Newton, for the purpose of co-locating multiple health services for our community.

“Our plans are to renovate the facility to become the home of the Harvey County Health Department, the Health Ministries Clinic and certain Prairie View Community Mental Health Center services,” reports Jessie Kaye, Prairie View president and CEO. “We are excited about making holistic health care more available and more convenient for all who can benefit from our services.”

When they are housed in one building, the three entities anticipate pursuing opportunities to combine resources in order to maximize the distribution of health information, patient education and access to services for patients. These providers of various health related programs have been working together to ensure that the people of our community can benefit from a multitude of ways to improve overall health. Improved referrals and better communication between the organizations will enhance the quality of care, leading to positive health outcomes for those they serve. Having public health, primary care, dental services and behavioral healthcare under one roof will make it significantly easier for individuals and families to go to one location and obtain comprehensive health services.

According to Marge Roberson, Chair of the Harvey County Board of Commissioners, “Harvey County is extremely excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with Health Ministries, Prairie View and our County Health Department to best serve the needs of our citizens under one roof. This cooperation between organizations will allow people to efficiently access health care services ranging from prevention to treatment in a safe and affordable environment, eliminating redundancies between providers. All three organizations are working hard to ensure that all the needs of the patients are met as we move forward. We are fortunate to live in a community that can set aside territorial differences and work for the common good.”

Jo Kasitz, board chair for Health Ministries Clinic, says, “It is gratifying and rewarding to work together with Prairie View and the Harvey County Health Department. Through our combined efforts, our goal of offering an expanded array of services is more attainable. As we are becoming more aware, behavioral health issues provide additional challenges for physical health and have very physical side effects. Through our integration of these services, access to primary care, along with health education and information will improve all aspects of health… leading to happier and more productive people in our community – which is the ultimate fulfillment of the mission of Health Ministries Clinic.”

Dee Donatelli Reber, Chair, Prairie View, Inc., Board of Directors, says she is especially pleased with this new way in which Prairie View will continue to fulfill its mission, which is to “foster healing and growth in individuals and communities by providing services with compassion, competence and stewardship in the spirit of Christ.”

“As we as a society, and specifically a community, embark upon a new era of healthcare, we will continue to express the vision of Prairie View: renewing spirit, discovering strengths, pursuing excellence,” Reber explains. “With the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the affordable care act, we as healthcare providers have a profound responsibility to integrate healthcare in our communities to care for those in need,  while making access easier and reducing the overall cost of delivery. This bold step we are taking in Harvey County, Kansas, is truly leading practice and will serve as a model that other communities will strive to replicate.

The three entities are seeking up to $200,000 in foundation and other charitable funding in order to complete needed renovations so that the building’s design will accommodate the provision of integrated community health services. They anticipate occupying the new facility in the next 9-12 months.

Prairie View is a faith-based, private behavioral and mental health services provider, offering a complete range of behavioral and psychiatric services for children, adolescents, adults and older adults, as well as consultation services to businesses and organizations. In addition to the main campus, including outpatient offices, an inpatient addictions treatment center and a psychiatric hospital in Newton, Prairie View has outpatient locations in Hillsboro, Hutchinson, McPherson and Wichita. For more information, call 316-284-6400 or 1-800-362-0180.

Health Ministries Clinic provides medical, dental and counseling services for the insured and uninsured in Harvey, Marion, McPherson and Butler counties, regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance are accepted. Walk-ins are welcome as are same-day appointments. Health Ministries Clinic is open Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For appointments, call 316-283-6103.

The Harvey County Health Department seeks to empower individuals and communities to preserve and protect the health status of Harvey County by preventing disease and promoting health. They are currently located at 316 Oak, Newton, and are open Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 316-283-1637 or 1-800-414-4244.