The KU School of Medicine–Wichita, in conjunction with the Guadalupe Clinic, is working to open its second JayDoc Community Clinic.
The first, which is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the Guadalupe Clinic at 940 S. St. Francis, opened a decade ago. The clinic is a student-run, volunteer clinic that serves people who don’t have other options for health care. A faculty member also is always on duty to oversee patient care.
“We ask for a $5 contribution, but if they’re not able to contribute that $5, they can still get treatment,” says Denice Bruce, director of public affairs for the KU School of Medicine–Wichita.
The new clinic will open in the Catholic Diocese of Wichita’s Rycon Building at 532 N. Broadway across from the Lord’s Diner.
“The Lord’s Diner seems to be an excellent venue or location to find that most desperate of underserved populations,” Bruce says.
Details are still being finalized, but the clinic will open a couple of weeknights a month.
“They’re trying to work out all the logistics of how this is going to come together,” Bruce says. “They’re trying to prepare as best they can.”
There’s no set date yet, but the clinic will open late this month.
Next month, the school is celebrating its first JayDoc clinic with a fund-raising dinner and speaker on Oct. 9 at Botanica.