MetroCARE Expansion into Lee’s Summit

MetroCARE Expansion into Lee’s Summit

Physicians asked and MetroCARE answered by expanding primary care services to Eastern Jackson County.  The physician co-chairs of Lee’s Summit Health Education Advisory Board–Steve Salanski, MD and Ed Kraemer, MD–requested that MetroCARE open an office in Lee’s Summit. Drs. Salanski and Kraemer, also Metro Med members, championed the Lee’s Summit expansion  because  it helps to meet LSHEAB’s strategic goal of increasing access to medical care for Lee’s Summit’s uninsured patients. 

Thanks to grants from the Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, MetroCARE has added a Program Coordinator to the program. Diane Seif joined the staff in January 2013. You can read more about Ms. Sief’s role with MetroCARE HERE.

MetroCARE has also begun focusing recruiting efforts in Lee’s Summit and the surrounding area, substantially growing the number of volunteer physicians in Eastern Jackson County.

According to data from the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) there are as many as 7,000 uninsured up to 400% of the federal poverty level in Lee’s Summit. In 2010 US Census Bureau survey, it was cited that more than 7,700 of Lee’s Summit residents were without insurance.

Metro Med Executive Director Jill Watson said, “For MetroCARE to be asked to expand to the east is a great testament to the impact we are making for physicians and their patients.  It is very rewarding to know that we’ve developed a program that is helpful to physicians by finding ways to get care to patients in need in the most efficient way possible.”

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