Topeka's Marian Clinic, after 27 years, to end medical services Dec. 31

By the Topeka Capital-Journal, December 16, 2015

Officials at Topeka's Marian Clinic, which has provided health care to uninsured, low-income individuals and families since 1988, said Wednesday the facility will cease its medical services operations effective Dec. 31.

Marian will continue to offer dental services at its clinic at 3164 S.E. 6th, officials said in a news release that announced the closing of its medical services clinic in the Medical Plaza Building at 1001 S.W. Garfield.

Glenda DuBoise, interim director of the Marian Clinic, said the development of new care providers and community partners make available health care services to low-income families that once were not available. Such services are not always available in dentistry, DuBoise said.

“While this was not an easy decision to make, we are confident that this was the best way to support our community's overall needs,” DuBoise said in the statement.

“By focusing our attention on dentistry and allowing our community partners to take on the medical needs, we will be able to ensure people have access to the care they need now and in the future.”

The majority of Marian Clinic patients are enrolled in the Health Access network and will be assigned to a new primary care provider, including the Shawnee County Community Health Center, DuBoise said. Other options exist at three clinics operated by St. Francis Health.

Marian patients are being notified directly, officials said, adding that the clinic will work to make the transition to new care providers as seamless as possible.

The Marian Clinic was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1988. It offers services including medical and dental care, medications, women's health care, mental health care and case management to uninsured patients who are asked to pay a small fee, based on a sliding income scale, at the time of services rendered.

Though not a free clinic, Marian did not operate on a traditional financial model. It is supported by the volunteer efforts of more than 200 health care professionals who donate their services. Overhead also is maintained by the Sisters of Charity Health Systems network as well as public and private donations and grants.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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