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Planned for-profit therapy and lab center to help support nonprofit Mayflower Clinic

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013, at 12 a.m.

The Mayflower Clinic, a nonprofit health clinic at 209 E. William, Suite 104, will soon have a for-profit entity to help ensure its long-term viability, said Abdul Arif, founding board member and Wichita attorney.

The new entity, called Mayflower Therapy and Lab Center, will focus exclusively on court-mandated mental health evaluations, such as for anger management classes and mental health assessments, as well as drug testing and employee physicals, Arif said.

Profits generated by the venture will go toward operating the clinic.

“What we want to do is have an entrepreneurial approach to the business model of operating a nonprofit,” Arif said. “Funding sources for everything are drying up and nonprofits have to constantly compete for money.”

The company is starting with a base of about $150,000, Arif said, to get up and running. Its officials also decided to merge drug testing services with Lab Cab, a mobile phlebotomy lab service that’s been in operation since 2007.

Sharon Grace, Lab Cab president, said they are in negotiations for merging other services. Grace, a registered nurse, will also be a consultant for Mayflower.

“I just think that it gives both parties an advantage to grow and to reach out to more people and companies,” Grace said.

Arif said the therapy and lab center will be contacting small employers to generate more business for employee drug screens and physicals.

“We think there’s a huge market for it,” he said.

Mayflower Clinic does not accept insurance, and patients are asked to give a donation for services if they receive medical care.

For more information, call 316-558-3991 or go to www.mayflowerclinic.com.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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