About the Clinics
Our Charity Care and Teaching Clinics
Often times, patients ask us, ”Is a teaching hospital better?” We always reply, ”YES!” National studies show teaching hospitals have better patient outcomes. We believe constant care and attention make all the difference. Since the beginning, Saint Joseph Hospital has been providing medical services to those who need it, regardless of their ability to pay. This is a fundamental component of the Mission of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth - to offer others, especially the poor, every loving service in our power. The Sisters instilled in the Saint Joseph Hospital culture a belief that we have a responsibility to serve those who have no medical insurance, to serve those who are underinsured and to serve those who cannot afford medical care. No patient is denied access to medically necessary services due to his or her inability to pay - because the Sisters believe that access to basic health care is not a privilege for the few, but a basic human right for all.
Over the years, Saint Joseph Hospital recognized the need to provide better care for those less fortunate, and three charity clinics were opened on the Saint Joseph Hospital campus. They operate using a sliding scale fee schedule; patients are treated with dignity no matter their financial background or ability to pay. The Clinics serve as out-patient facilities for charity care, coupled with the teaching of resident physicians:
In 1967 Saint Joseph Hospital began the Caritas Clinic in the emergency department; Caritas is the Latin term for charity and love. Over the next seven years, the clinic evolved to meet the community’s growing need, and a dedicated area for the Caritas Clinic opened in December 1974 on the ground floor of Saint Joseph Hospital.
In 1995, the Caritas Clinic moved to the Midtown Building where it is today. The Caritas Clinic is staffed by resident physicians in internal medicine and surgery, and they also provide specialty care referrals. Patients receive acute illness intervention and chronic disease management, as well as prevention and screening services.
Sister Joanna Bruner Family Medicine Center
The Sister Joanna Bruner Family Medicine Center provides much of SCL Health’s charity out-patient care. The clinic serves the entire family, including children. Medical services include: acute illness and injury; care for chronic illness; gynecology; immunizations; minor surgery; newborn and well baby care; pregnancy and childbirth care; preventive care; specialty care referrals; sports medicine; and urgent care. Both Hospital faculty and resident physicians practice at the Clinic, which consistently has a high demand for appointments.
Seton Women’s Center
The Seton Women’s Center is conveniently located on the Saint Joseph Hospital campus. Although the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas have provided women’s services at Saint Joseph Hospital for over a century, the services grew so much and had such unique cases that Saint Joseph Hospital opened this clinic as its own entity in 2003. The Seton Women’s Center, staffed by OB/GYN residents, offers obstetrical and gynecological care to low-income women. The residents strive to deliver the highest quality care to our patients.