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Kansas City CARE Clinic Receives Federal Designation

The title brings additional funding to expand pediatric, senior services.

The Kansas City Care Clinic at 3515 Broadway Blvd. recently received a federal designation that will bring in additional funding. (Photo: Todd Feeback | The Hale Center for Journalism) The Kansas City Care Clinic, at 3515 Broadway Blvd., received a federal designation that brings additional funding. (Photo: Todd Feeback | The Hale Center for Journalism)
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A nonprofit health care opened  in the 1970s by a group of concerned Kansas Citians has received federal recognition.

The Kansas City CARE Clinic was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center, or FQHC, on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The clinic will receive federal funding of $650,000 annually, and KC CARE vice president of marketing and development Kirk Isenhour says that will help the organization expand its capacity to include pediatric care and more services for seniors.

Last week, the nonprofit National Committee for Quality Assurance recognized KC CARE as a Patient-Centered Medical Home.

“The safety net for Kansas City is now stronger with the Clinic becoming both an FQHC and a Patient-Centered Medical Home,” said Sheri Wood, CEO of KC CARE, in a statement.

Federally Qualified Health Centers must operate in medically underserved areas, offer a sliding fee scale, provide comprehensive services and maintain a quality assurance program.

KC CARE’s new status will go into effect in October.

In addition to KC CARE, 18 health organization in the Kansas City metro area are designated as FQHCs.

Originally called the Westport Free Health Clinic, KC CARE opened in 1971. In 2014, the clinic’s staff of 105 served about 8,000 patients.

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