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Safety-Net Clinic to Open in South Kansas City


Kansas City, Mo. – A new clinic will soon open in South Kansas City that's intended to make health care easier to access in the area.

After reviewing more than 30 locations, Swope Health Services has announced it's building a new clinic at 88th Street and Troost. Dr. William Pankey is chief medical officer at Swope. He says there's a huge gap when it comes to the availability of safety net health services in that part of the city.

"South Kansas City has been an underserved area for a long time," says Dr. Pankey. "There are very few physicians south of 75th Street, and even fewer who take Medicaid, and no one who takes uninsured patients."

Dr. Panky says the clinic is slated to open this summer and will focus on primary health care services.

The City of Kansas City, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and the Local Investment Commission partnered with Swope to design and fund the project.

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