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SOUTHWEST BOULEVARD FAMILY HEALTH CARE
Sharon Lee Family
Health Care (FHC), a non-profit clinic providing health care and supportive services to medically underserved patients in
northeast Wyandotte County, Kansas, is undertaking a capital campaign to raise $4,200,000 in order to increase access to care.
Additional space is needed to accommodate the growth that the clinic has experienced since the facility expansions
in 1993, 2005 and 2012. Renovations are needed to provide accessible facilities for the maximal use of the expanded staffing
made possible by our new status as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike. This designation has allowed greater provider
staffing and we are now working to accommodate rapid growth in the volume of visits we provide.
The pressure is on for FHC
to provide more access to needy populations in our community through more visits (Medical, Dental and Mental Health). The
need and increased services is being met through increased hours to maximize facilities utilization and increased staffing.
FHC plans to optimize facilities and personnel usefulness. The current most significant resource bottle-neck is the limited
Dental services have been increased and a portion of these capacity expansion funds are to re-configure the dental
space to make it more efficient for expanding dental services. We have three full time dentists and two full time dental hygienists.
We are looking to renovate the current dental facilities in order to have more active dental operatories to enable optimal
utilization of the space. (These renovations do not include major structural expansion, but only internal reconfigurations.)
Health services are also growing. FHC has added two mental health providers and has been working on a collaboration with Wyandott,
Inc. for additional services for FHC patients through their staffing in FHC facilities.
This capacity expansion campaign
flows from the needs for greater access to medical, dental, and mental health care services for the uninsured poor in our
community and from the ability of FHC to address these needs with improved facilities and expanded parking.
The project consists of the above noted renovations to current spaces to improve access to dental and mental health
services and the two level parking garage. The garage will nearly double the available parking spots for greatly improved
The selection of construction and architectural firms for this campaign is based on successful experience with two
past renovations in 2005 and in 2012. The architects including Neil Sommers and general contractors including Courtney Kounkel
have been the leads through the two earlier capital improvement building projects and are working on this renovation.
Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care,
is a non-profit health clinic, founded in 1989 by Dr. Sharon Lee and Kevin Dennis. Family Health Care provides
health care services to the poor and medically underserved and uninsured in the urban core of Wyandotte County Kansas, including
patients with serious chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and Cancers as well as women who are pregnant and their babies.
In addition to direct medical care, Family Health Care strives to meet the Dental and Mental Health needs of low-income
patients. Other services include social services, medication assistance, fitness, literacy, and legal aid services. Family
Health Care also provides space and other supports for the JayDoc Free Clinics which are held on weeknights and organized
and implemented by the students and faculty of the Family Medicine Department of the University of Kansas Medical School.
Our Maternal Options that Matter collaboration with KU Family Medicine provides prenatal and obstetrics services for women
to ensure healthy babies.
The FQHC LAL designation, allowed the expansion of FHC provider
staffing in August, 2018, and a significant increase in the number of visits. Five years ago, in 2013, we provided 13,980
visits, by 2017 we increased to 15,977 visits based on the initial designation of FQHC. Since increasing the provider staff
in August, 2018 it is expected FHC will finish 2018 with more than 18,000 visits. This expected growth is projected to continue
Limitations to Access
prominent issue is the parking squeeze. More than eighty individuals work at FHC and some days there are more than 130 individuals
who are seen in the current facilities. Efforts to increase parking have included:
We have worked to reduce parking congestion:
Scheduling to ease congestion-
We have spread scheduling
from 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM Monday-Wednesday and 8:00 Thursday as well as increasing Saturday hours and soon to provide urgent
care hours on Sundays.
We lease parking under the 7th Street bridge for staff (accommodates about 20). This is from the State
of Kansas and Union Pacific.
We pay for bus passes for any staff to use the bus rather than drive (about 6 use this benefit).
We have attempted to make agreements with neighboring businesses to
lease shared-parking. We have good relations with all our neighbors but we have failed to achieve any long-term parking agreements.
The planned two level garage will nearly double the
available parking spots.
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At the present time there are two inadequate counseling
spaces and no group therapy space available in the FHC facility (although there is space that can be reconfigured for these
With two added Mental Health therapists and agreements
with other mental health practitioners in the community to provide services at FHC facilities, the renovation of FHC currently-owned
space will allow a significant increase in these important mental health and behavioral health services. Planned changes include
increased substance abuse and other group behavioral support meetings as well as individual therapy for patients suffering
from depression, grief, obsessive compulsive behaviors and other issues that are amenable to cognitive and other therapy modalities.
The plan includes five private and two group therapy rooms.
Dental services have been
increased and a portion of these capacity expansion funds are to re-configure the dental space to make it more efficient for
expanding dental services. We have three full time dentists and two full time dental hygienists. FHC is looking to renovate
the current dental facilities in order to have more active dental operatories to enable optimal utilization of the space.
(These renovations do not include major structural expansion, but only internal reconfigurations.) Making
the operatories accessible at the main clinic and the addition of two operatories to the Quindaro space will improve our opportunities
to provide dental services.
The impact of the additional space is expected to enable Family Health Care to add an additional 4,000 visits the
first year and up to 8,000 visits.
FHC requests financial support to add to the currently pledged $850,000 toward
the total $4,200,000 community funds required for these renovations and the addition of a two-level parking garage to help
FHC meet accessibility needs for health services including medical, dental and mental health care.
Thank you for your consideration.
Family Health CARE is one of Kansas City's top non-profits
listed on Guidestar (previously DonorEdge), a resource of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Family Health Care’s
financial, operational and programmatic measurements are analyzed by Foundation staff annually.
We have earned the Guidestar Gold participant level certification.
Click here to view our Guidestar report
|Support for Family Health Care’s
operations and facilities, including our programs and projects, is provided by grants/donations from many individuals,
corporations, government, and foundations.|
|Recent major donors:|
|Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation|
|Black Community Fund|
|Courtney Turner Trust|
|Curry Family Foundation|
Dental Foundation of Kansas|
|Entertainment Alliance Fund|
|Gary Dickinson Family Foundation|
|Gladys Kelce Trust|
|H&R Block Foundation|
|Hall Family Foundation|
|Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City|
|Hispanic Development Fund|
|J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation|
|Jack and Helyn Miller Foundation |
|Jewish Heritage Foundation|
|John W. Speas & Effie E. Speas Trust|
|Kansas Department of Health and Environment|
|M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation|
|Menorah Legacy Foundation|
|William T Kemper Foundation|
|Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City|
|Wyandotte Health Foundation|
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Loren Eisley was a twentieth century academic and writer. The following is a paraphrase
of a revised story that he wrote as the “Star Thrower”:
A writer, while walking along the shore early one morning, spotted a stranger repeatedly
pick starfish from the sand and throw them one-by-one into the sea. “Why are you throwing starfish into the water?”
the writer asked. The stranger answered, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. They will dry and die here.”
The writer pointed out there were thousands of starfish on the beach, one person could never make a difference."I made a difference for that one”, the stranger answered, tossing another starfish
into the welcoming sea.
The world's problems may seem insurmountable, but making a real difference is as
easy as clicking below and donating to Family Health Care's Starfish Fund.
More about the Starfish Fund
Living in poverty is difficult often with “just enough”;
just enough for the rent, just enough for the medicine, just enough for the utilities. Sometimes there comes a tipping point
– a point where is no longer “just enough”. A small misfortune may escalate to tip an individual into joblessness,
homelessness or another situation that may change a life or a family for generations.
Assistance provided at a tipping point can re-balance a life. It can help a person remain healthy, prevent loss of
a job, or keep a family in their home. Helping at the right moment may make all the difference. Help us help through the Starfish
Fund which ensures Family Health Care can be there to help when patients’ needs are immediate and there is nowhere else
Family Health Care has a tradition of providing quality health care and of truly caring
for patients, of weighing in to tip them back
*Mike was already homeless. But he had a bike that
he used to get around to his work as a temporary handyman. Then the tipping point came when he had to be in the
hospital a couple of days. When he got out, his bike and most of his other belongings had been stolen. A used
bike made the difference for Mike to get back to work
*Sandra got a new apartment, but she had no furniture for her
or the kids- they slept on the floor. Mattresses and sheets helped them get better sleep so they could perform
better in school
*Edith walked to work about a mile mostly uphill because her flat tire could not be repaired and she
could not afford a new one. As winter set in, her 6 AM walk was in the dark and cold. She thought about quitting the
cashier position she had for three years, but a new set of tires helped her stay on the job
family missed paying their electric bill and after the electricity was shut off, social services took the children
to a foster setting. Paying off what they owed helped them get their kids back.
Please consider giving to the Starfish Fund and help us help!
More about Family Health Care
nearly three decades, FHC has tended to some of the sickest and poorest in the Kansas City community. We are here to help
during some of the most troubling times for people we serve.
Andrea, who is here for school in KC and a long way from her home and family in Africa, discovered
she was pregnant and came for prenatal care through FHC’s MOM Clinic (Maternal Options that Matter). She was heart-broken
and very frightened to learn that she also had HIV disease. Fortunately, she was in the right place; FHC is a leading provider
of HIV care in KC and we treated Andrea for her pregnancy and for HIV. After delivery, FHC continued to treat momma Andrea
and her baby with antivirals. After several months it is clear the baby is healthy, without HIV and only needs routine care.
Each week at FHC, staff and volunteers provide
health services, social supports and just plain caring to hundreds of folks in need in our Kansas City community. Often they
have no insurance and few resources. This year over 800 people received services through our Care Beyond the Boulevard (CBB)
homeless program. Most of the men and women CBB serves are found sleeping “rough” under bridges or in brush or
encampments in empty lots.
the safety net under the safety net in Wyandotte County FHC provides care for people with serious chronic diseases such as
Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS- Lou Gehrig’s Disease), or metastatic cancers. FHC also
cares for people with diabetes, high blood pressure and other more common chronic illnesses. Preventive care included services
last year for more than 130 pregnant women and their babies who were seen in the MOM clinic and for over 350 children.
Family Health Care works tirelessly to improve
the lives of those we serve by providing compassionate quality medical care and wrap around social services. This year we
provided care to more than 4,700 individuals through more than 15,500 visits. By achieving the FQHC Look-Alike designation
this year, we established a strong foundation for the future. But, because we continue to see so many who don’t have
insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, we really need your help to build on that foundation. Thank you for considering a year-end
or on-going charitable gift to help support our work for Andrea and her baby and hundreds, even thousands, of others.
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