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Via Christi teams with The Little Clinic to expand access to routine care

The Little Clinic, now located inside select Wichita-area Dillons stores, is working with Ascension Via Christi to provide convenient routine health care services to patients in the Wichita community.

“We’re exploring how our organizations can leverage our respective strengths to collectively better serve the community,” said Dr. Ken Patric, chief medical officer for The Little Clinic. “Our service delivery model is based on making low-acuity healthcare services more accessible and affordable. And, because our clinics are open for extended hours seven days a week and are geographically dispersed, The Little Clinic can provide a variety of routine health care services close to where patients live and work.”

Many patients who come to The Little Clinic do not have a primary care provider or may need follow-up care and services outside of the scope of what’s offered at the in-store clinics. The Little Clinic will assist those patients in identifying a community provider and helping them set up an initial appointment.

“Our goal is to work with other providers to better coordinate and integrate the care being provided in our community, which has been shown to lead to better outcomes at a lower overall cost,” said Dave Gambino, chief strategy officer for Ascension Via Christi, whose Wichita hospitals, physician clinics and outpatient therapy centers offer a wide breadth of services, ranging from outreach and prevention to care for the most critically ill and injured.

Working with The Little Clinic, which received and has remained accredited by The Joint Commission since 2009, is in keeping with that goal, he said. In addition, Via Christi physicians are serving as collaborating physicians for the nurse practitioners who staff each walk-in site.

“The Little Clinic’s focus is quality, safety and the patient experience and so is ours,” Gambino said.

Efforts also are under way to develop a team-based approach to caring for patients.

“Ultimately, we want to develop a link between our single electronic medical record and theirs so that we can share the information needed to provide those we serve with the highest quality care in the most convenient and cost-effective manner,” said Ed Hett, MD, Via Christi’s medical director for New Models of Care.

The Little Clinic provides care for the entire family from age 18 months and is staffed by board certified nurse practitioners, specialists in family practice, authorized to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as bronchitis, sinus infections, seasonal allergies and the flu. The Little Clinic clinicians also perform a wide selection of additional services such as camp and sports physicals, health screenings, and a number of vaccinations. The Little Clinic locations are open seven days a week, including evenings, and no appointment is necessary. Clinic hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Little Clinic currently has locations inside the following Wichita-area Dillons stores:

  • 1624 N. Rock Road, Derby
  • 225 E. Cloud, Andover
  • 10222 W. 21st Street North, Wichita

Two additional locations will open later this summer at 7707 E. Central and 4747 S. Broadway.

About The Little Clinic

A wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Company, The Little Clinic retail health clinics are currently located inside select Kroger stores in Indiana, Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio; King Soopers in Colorado, Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona, JayC stores in Indiana and Dillon stores in Kansas. The Little Clinic was awarded The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® in 2009 and obtained reaccreditation in 2012 and 2015. Visit The Little Clinic online at www.thelittleclinic.com, www.facebook.com/thelittleclinic and www.thelittleclinic.blogspot.com.

About Ascension Via Christi