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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 16, 2013) – Two anchor institutions in Kansas City’s Northeast Neighborhood announced a collaborative partnership today, bringing together Missouri’s largest medical school and the state’s first Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center (SURHC) and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) entered into an agreement that will enhance access to health-care services in Kansas City, including one of most diverse communities in the area, the Historic Northeast Neighborhood.
This new partnership will provide greatly needed primary care physicians for SURHC. For KCU, it will expand educational opportunities for osteopathic medical students in a safety-net primary care setting, providing them with experiences among a culturally diverse patient population.
Beginning Oct. 1, seven board-certified primary care physicians from KCUMB’s clinical faculty will provide some of the medical services, and its medical students will participate in clinical training activities at SURHC’s new state-of-the-art location in downtown Kansas City.
“This partnership is an exceptional opportunity for both of our organizations,” said Hilda Fuentes, chief executive officer of Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center. “It advances both organizations’ missions to ensure healthier people in a healthy community — which was the vision of our founder Samuel U. Rodgers, MD, 45 years ago. Ultimately, the beneficiaries of this partnership will be our patients who will receive the highest quality care available.”
SURHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center, which qualifies the center for receiving federal funding to serve populations with limited access to health care, including low income people, the uninsured, and those with limited English proficiency. Last year, SURHC provided culturally competent medical, dental and behavioral health services to 21,000 patients.
KCUMB’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the second-greatest provider of physicians within the state of Missouri, with 72 percent practicing in a primary care specialty and 40 percent serving in rural and underserved areas.
Both institutions have been located in the Northeast Neighborhood since their establishment − SURHC in 1967 and KCU in 1916. The two campuses are located just blocks apart, with KCU on Independence Avenue and SURHC two blocks south.
“We are two institutions with like missions and a common focus - to improve the well-being and health of our community,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, president and chief executive officer for KCU.
“Individually, KCU and Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center make enormous impacts in the northeast community,” he added. “It’s exciting to anticipate how, together, we will provide even better access to clinical services and address health disparities that exist within our own community. At the same time, we’re expanding our osteopathic medical students’ clinical training opportunities during their four years of medical school and beyond into graduate medical education.”
Category: Students, Faculty, Outreach, Osteopathic Medicine, General
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