Via Christi said Tuesday it has entered a joint venture to expand access to primary care providers in Pittsburg as well as build a $2.6 million clinic there.
Via Christi said in a news release Tuesday ground was broken on a 13,600-square-foot clinic at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, about 150 miles southeast of Wichita.
The new clinic building will house between six and 10 primary care providers and will include 30 exam rooms, X-ray services, a laboratory and physician offices. It is expected to open in mid-2017, and Via Christi and Mercy have established a temporary clinic at 2711 S. Rouse Ave. in Pittsburg.
“Market research shows that Pittsburg – like many other rural communities – is underserved by primary care physicians, leading to many patients having to travel out of the area to receive basic care,” said Tracy Godfrey, president of Mercy Clinic Joplin, in the release. “Via Christi and Mercy believe that, by working together, we will be able to better meet the challenge of attracting primary care physicians to this community.”