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AMG Via Christi to break ground on new concierge clinic for Spirit AeroSystems

Ascension Medical Group Via Christi will soon begin construction of a new concierge primary care clinic at 31st Street South and Oliver in Wichita, Kansas. The clinic will serve as the hub of medical services for some Wichita Spirit AeroSystems employees and their families.
The 9,500-square foot facility, expected to be complete by year's end, will provide room for up to six primary care providers and include X-ray capabilities and a dedicated health education classroom. Currently, the Spirit concierge clinic, which opened in July 2019 in temporary space at 990 George Washington Boulevard, is staffed by board-certified family medicine specialists, supported by a team that includes onsite navigators and health coaches.
"Concierge primary care enhances our employee benefits by providing same or next-day appointments, certain prescriptions at no cost, and virtual access to a doctor 24/7. Spirit is excited to partner with Ascension Via Christi to provide innovative, personalized, and comprehensive healthcare to our employees," said Justin Welner, Spirit AeroSystems Vice President, Human Resources, Corporate Administration and EHS.
The clinic provides healthcare to the company's executives, management and salaried employees and their dependents, and to employees and dependents represented by SPEEA WEU. Beginning July 1, the clinic will also be available to employees and dependents who are represented by SPEEA WTPU and the International Association of Machinists (IAM).  
"Our patients love not feeling rushed during their visits, and we love having the time to spend with each and every one of them," said Sheryl Beard, MD, who is one of the clinic's four concierge primary care physicians. "We are all excited about the possibility of being able to extend this level of service to additional Spirit employees and their families."
Given its successful launch, the concierge care model is expected to experience further growth as Ascension Via Christi continues to work with Spirit and other employers to achieve better patient outcomes and experience at a lower overall cost.
"For example, we are working with Spirit and our community provider partners to develop additional 'spoke' locations, which would allow us to offer the same level of care closer to home as well as at the worksite," said Philip Newlin MD, chief medical officer at Ascension Medical Group Via Christi. 
The idea for the new model of care grew out of Ascension Via Christi's relationship with Spirit through its Healthier You accountable care organization. 

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