CHC/SEK Update by Krista Postai

Krista Postai, President & CEO of Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas headquartered at 3011 N. Michigan, Pittsburg, KS 66762.

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas is considering its options looking to the future of the Fort Scott center. They currently have a two-year lease with Mercy Hospital.

 

“We did formally request land from Mercy behind the existing hospital facing Horton Street and they have tentatively agreed to provide us space for a new 25,000 sq. ft. building,” Postai said.  “Nothing formal has been signed but I understand the Mercy attorneys are working on it. This news has been shared with staff and we’ll start working on the design late in June.”

 

“We hope to fund it with a USDA low-interest loan they make available for rural communities like Ft. Scott,” she said. “It will have space for medical, dental, behavioral health services and a pharmacy. We hope to have it completed by January 2021.”

 

Recruitment is ongoing for the health center, she said.

 

“We do continue to work on staff recruitment for another physician and a psychologist or LSCSW, so if anyone has a relative that wants to move home we have a good opportunity for them,” Postai said.

 

2 thoughts on “CHC/SEK Update by Krista Postai”

  1. When are we going to stop living off grants? When are we going to stop having a welfare supported town? When are we going to live within our means?

    1. As soon as Fort Scott is able to support businesses that bring good jobs to the town, is the short answer in my opinion.

      Left Fort Scott over 20 years ago and I cannot look back. There was never a way to make a livable wage in town with my college degrees, so I had to leave. It’s sad because I love my hometown in many ways, but it hasn’t kept up with the times, so most young people have chosen to leave.

      Most others with higher education have to/choose to leave as well because the quality of life just isn’t high enough. Culturally and economically, Fort Scott needs a redo.

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