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Saint Vincent Safety Net Clinic Hires New Full-Time Provider

Stein_Melissa_photo300pxSaint Vincent Clinic has hired a new full-time nurse practitioner for its safety-net clinic office. Melissa Stein, ARNP, will replace the outgoing Stephanie Kimbrel, NP, who was with Saint Vincent for nearly four years.

Often called a safety net clinic, Saint Vincent Clinic provides health care to low-income, uninsured residents of Leavenworth County. The county was ranked 24th in the state (out of 101 counties) for its overall heath rank, according to countyhealthrankings.org, which aggregates and rates counties on a variety of health outcomes and factors. While not designated a primary care shortage area, the shortage of primary care physicians in Leavenworth County (2520:1) is keenly felt, with the ratio of people to providers nearly double the average in Kansas (1330:1) as well as double the national average (1320:1). Additionally Leavenworth County has been identified as a mental health care shortage area.

“Being a nurse practitioner, my emphasis is to encourage health promotion and disease prevention in individuals and family members collectively,” says Melissa. “I love working with patients and their families to help them achieve their health goals and I feel very blessed to be a part of that.”

Melissa brings experience to Saint Vincent Clinic, with nearly eight years in pediatrics and three years in emergency room/urgent care. She has a proven track record of addressing, diagnosing and treating patient needs and collaborating effectively with multi-disciplinary teams. Her specialized skills include executing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions as well as managing acute and chronic medical procedures and treatment plans, while simultaneously encouraging health promotion, disease prevention and building rapport with patients and families. Her relationship building skills will be utilized immensely as she cares for patients with both acute and chronic issues that overlap.

“I think what excites me the most about the clinic is the strong commitment to community and families,” says Melissa.

Melissa graduated with her bachelor of science in nursing in 2006 and her master of science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner in 2010, both from the University of Kansas. Most recently, Melissa was with the University of Kansas Physicians Hematology/Oncology department managing a wide variety of hematologic and oncology-based diseases in pediatric and young adult populations. Prior to that, she was at Children’s Mercy Hospital Emergency Room and Urgent care managing acute illnesses and chronic disease exacerbations while incorporating psychosocial elements.

“We’re excited to have Melissa join our team. It was clear from the moment I met her that she was passionate about patient care and serving the community,” says George Noonan, Executive Director. “She will continue the long tradition of providing quality care for our patients.”


George Noonan Named Interim Executive Director of Saint Vincent and Duchesne Clinics

George Noonan, a seasoned healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience, has been named interim executive director of Saint Vincent and Duchesne Clinics, effective Feb. 24, 2016. The safety net clinics provide primary and preventive medical care, chronic disease and acute care management and medication assistance to low income, uninsured residents in Leavenworth and Wyandotte Counties. Noonan, formerly the Chancellor of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, will assume the executive director role from Amy Falk, who is leaving for another position. Her last day is Friday, March 11.

“George’s experience and knowledge base of healthcare, stewardship, communications and development will help lead us through this period of transition,” said David Pringle, Senior Vice President of Mission Integration for SCL Health, which oversees the clinic ministries.  “He is very familiar with Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties and the clinics, having served on its board as Secretary and Treasurer from 2009-2013 and as Vice President of Mission Integration and Support Services at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth.”

His board experience includes the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, Catholic Health Association’s Mission Leader Advisory Council, Providence Place, Inc. and Physician Resources, Inc., Kansas City, Kan.

Falk has served as executive director of the clinics since 2006. Under Falk’s leadership, the clinics’ underwent two successful capital building campaigns as well as developed a number of collaborative relationships with community organizations such as Riverview Health Services, Wyandot Center, Providence Medical Center, Saint John Hospital, Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital, KC Cares and Turner House. In addition, Falk implemented the first Continuous Quality Improvement process at the clinics. This ensured consistent quality care and led to a robust clinic model involving care teams, care coordination and Electronic Medical Records.

“We will definitely miss Amy’s professionalism, compassion and caring spirit,” said Margaret Steele, Caritas Clinics, Inc. (Saint Vincent and Duchesne Clinics) Board Chair. “We thank her for her diligent work in making Saint Vincent and Duchesne Clinics a place where people feel at home, respected and receive excellent care. We also look forward to George’s leadership and expertise in guiding us through this transition.”
Noonan’s tenure as executive director is expected to last up to six months. SCL Health and Caritas Clinics, Inc. will conduct a search for a permanent executive director.

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