Ascension Via Christi will close Fort Scott clinic, Girard Medical Center intervenes

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Dr Katrina Burke. Photo submitted.


Ascension Via Christi will close its family medicine clinic in Fort Scott effective November 11.

On the heels of this closure, Girard Medical Center plans to reopen its practice in the Ascension Via Christi clinic current location at 109 S. Main St, which will be staffed by Katrina Burke, MD, the clinic’s current physician vendor.


“When we established the clinic, our goal was to provide Fort Scott residents with access to primary care. services,” said Drew Talbott, president of Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburgh. “This transition from the clinic under new ownership is doing this, which is in line with our overall goal of using our resources to ensure the continued access of rural Kansans to home-based care.


To receive care at the Fort Scott clinic after Nov. 11, patients will need to call 620-232-0453 to request a transfer of their medical records.


“Our Fort Scott Ascension Via Christi Emergency Department, established nearly four years ago when the Fort Scott Hospital has closed, will continue to provide 24/7 emergency care,” Talbott said.


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About Ascension Via Christi
In Kansas, Ascension Via Christi operates seven hospitals and 75 other care sites and employs nearly 6,400
associates. Statewide, Ascension Via Christi has provided nearly $89 million in community benefitsIft and care of
people living in poverty Iffiscal year 2021. Serving Kansas for over 135 years, Ascension is a faith-based organization
health care organization committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to all, with particular attention to
people living in poverty and the most vulnerable. Ascension is the non-pro leaderIft and Catholic health system in
in the United States, operating more than 2,600 care sites – including 145 hospitals and more than 40 retirement homes –
in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ascension.org.

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