HPC Celebrates Medical Assistants Recognition Week October 21st-25th

Medical Assistants Week - 3rd Week of October

Post written by Wael S. Mourad, MD, MHCM, FAAFP, Family Physician and Chief Health Officer

A medical assistant (MA) is an allied health professional who supports the work of physicians and other providers such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners, in a variety of clinical settings. MAs can become certified through an accredited program and perform routine tasks and procedures that support the providers’ responsibilities and tasks. They typically work in an ambulatory clinic setting, but can also work in urgent care facilities as well as hospital settings, assisted living facilities and even in administrative and research settings.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook online, employment of MAs is expected to grow by 23 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2028.

Medical Assistants at Health Partnership Clinic

At HPC, we have about 13 MAs with a diverse array of backgrounds. Some of our MAs came to us from completely different industries, such as the hospitality sector. Some were practicing physicians in their home countries. And some first stepped foot in Health Partnership as students and were hired when their training was complete.

A strong medical assistant can make or break a clinic. They are a provider’s extra “eyes and ears” for great patient care.

MAs help check patients in and obtain their vital signs and can often get additional history about a patient’s illness and well-being that the patient may not have disclosed to the provider. They help support a provider with all the paperwork requirements for great and timely patient care as well as communicating with patients, colleagues and outside entities, freeing up the provider to focus on seeing patients.

The medical assistant advocates for his or her provider as well, and the provider and medical assistant form the core of the patient care team. That is why at HPC, they typically sit in the same room or pod during clinics, to facilitate optimal communication. They are part of the backbone of a successful clinic.

We are very grateful for our MAs at HPC:

Diangie Bonilla Acosta; Carolina Barraza; Dalia Barron; Kaliece Brown; Traci Gentry; Jessica Grate; Silivia Heredia; Mayra Lemus; Adriana Lund; Andrea Madrigal; Teresa Najera; Tracie Ostermeier and Taylor Sanders.

Without them, the clinic would grind to a halt. If you see or know a MA, please thank them for all the work that they do!

HPC supports National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April

Drug Disposal 2019Saturday, April 27, 2019 marks National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. To learn more and available locations, click here.

The week of April 29-May 3, several of HPC’s clinic sites will have free information to help educate patients and the community about the Opioid Epidemic. Information will include prevention tips on how to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medications and how to prevent drug misuse and protect the environment. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

Drug Disposal

A limited number of free drug disposal bags will also be available on a first-come, first- served basis at the following clinic sites during regular work hours:

Olathe: 407 S. Clairborne Rd., Ste. 104

Paola: 1604 Industrial Park Dr.

Ottawa:  107 S. Main St.

Drug Disposal 2019Last year, HPC received a $285,000 grant to enhance its mental health and substance treatment services. The funds allowed the clinic to add behavioral health staff members, increase funding for patient transportation, provide clinical staff training and support other related services.

Did you know?

  • An estimated 130+ people die every day from an opioid-related drug overdose.
  • 4 million people misuse prescription opioids each year.
  • 1 million people have an opioid use disorder.
  • 5 percent of 12th graders used a prescription drug without a prescription in 2017.
  • Over 70 percent of patients reported that their prescription opioids were not stored in secured containers.

Health Partnership Clinic Plans Opening Door Fundraising Luncheon

Invite2Post written by Catherine Rice, VP of Marketing and Outreach

With 50 percent of Health Partnership Clinic’s patients without health insurance and health care cost on the rise, funding is always a challenge.

To continue welcoming those seeking affordable, accessible and quality health care, the clinic is planning its annual fundraising luncheon, Opening Doors.

The event will be Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Overland Park Convention Center, in Overland Park, Kan.

The luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m., will include a brief program, video and an awards ceremony. Tickets are $100 each; sponsorships are still available.

In 26 years, HPC has grown from a small doctor’s office with volunteer physicians, nurses and staff to four clinic sites (Olathe, Shawnee Mission, Paola and Ottawa) in three counties with nearly 70 employees.

HPC provides nearly 37,000 patient visits annually and serves as a lifeline for almost 15,000 adults and children.

According to Amy Falk, CEO, HPC offers a full range of services focusing on newborn and pediatric medical and dental care as well as adult primary care, specialty care and access to behavioral health care.

“At HPC, we’ve always opened our doors to those most in need. We provide individualized, compassionate and family-centered care in a welcoming environment and are committed to improving the health of our community by providing access to patient education and top-notch integrated care.”

For more information about the Opening Doors Luncheon, please call Debbie Sparks at 913-433-7592.

FREE Community Health & Wellness Fair July 28

COR LogoThe United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood will be hosting a free Community Health & Wellness Fair, partnering with the Health Partnership Clinic as well as other health & safety organizations in the community on Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

You deserve to feel good!

Everyone has competing priorities in life, and it’s easy to put your own health and wellness on the back burner as you move through the responsibilities and obligations of everyday life.

Take this Saturday morning to put your focus on your own health, and the health of your family with fun and educational resources for people of all ages.

VBC_DAY3_4 Please join us in a day of workshops, conversations, and activities surrounding key health resources available right here in our community, free of charge!

Here are some of the things you can participate in at this event:

  • Health resources, door prizes, a Kids Zone and giveaways
  • On-Site Mammograms
  • Conversations about Mental Health, Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
  • Free Yoga and Family Zumba classes
  • On-site pet adoptions & READ Pals service dogs
  • Hands-Only CPR training with Johnson County MedACT
  • Cooking for Disease Prevention
  • Dementia Care & Senior Living resources and workshops
  • ….and more!

COR Exterior

How do I get there?

Church of the Resurrection’s Leawood campus is located between Roe and Nall at 137th Street.

This event will be held in the B Building, check parking lot signage for the B Building and Foundry. Full address if you’d like to use a GPS is 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS 66224.

For a full list of activities, classes and workshops available and to register online visit www.cor.org/events.

If you don’t have a chance to register, that’s OK. There will be plenty of activities that don’t require you to pre-register.

To make sure you get a seat in a specific workshop or class, we do recommend you register online. Individuals who pre-register and attend a class or workshop will automatically be entered in a drawing to receive a door prize!

Questions? Contact Jennifer.Bryan@cor.org or call the church at 913=897-0120.

HPC’s school-based clinic celebrates with ribbon cutting, open house

Merriam Park Ribbon Cutting (11)Post written by Catherine Rice, Vice President of Marketing and Outreach

Health Partnership Clinic (HPC) and Shawnee Mission School District officially celebrated a new school-based health clinic at Merriam Park Elementary School on March 29.

The festivities included a short program, a ribbon cutting and tours. The medical and behavioral health clinic has been serving district students since Jan. 30, 2018.

The ribbon cutting event was attended by more than 65 education and clinic leadership, elected officials and Chamber and community members.

The event was co-sponsored by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber. Medical, dental, registration and administrative staff along with board members represented the clinic. In addition, Merriam Park students helped greet and escort guests as well as other hospitality tasks.

The school-based clinic is a partnership between HPC and the school district to offer walk-in medical and by appointment behavioral health services to district students. Children with and without insurance are served.

According to Amy Falk, CEO, the purpose of the clinic is to make health care accessible and affordable to all Shawnee Mission School District students. At the time of the event, HPC has treated nearly 50 children

“The foundation of a thriving community is education and health care,” Falk says. “This is just the beginning of great things to come.”

Speakers at the event included Amy Falk, HPC’s CEO; Cho Druen, Principal, Merriam Park Elementary; Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom; and Ashley McDonald, Board Chair, NEJC Chamber of Commerce.

The Merriam Park clinic is open to Shawnee Mission School district students on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for walk-in health services and by appointments on Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. by calling 913-993-6422.