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.