Via Christi partners to host free healthcare clinic

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE Sunday 12:00 p.m.

More than 900 volunteers helped to offer free medical services to the Wichita community Saturday. Around 100 people registered to be seen at the clinic within the first hour of opening.

It was all a part of the second-annual Medical Mission at Home event hosted by Via Christi in partnership with Ascension, the City of Wichita, and Wichita State University.

“It’s part of us taking healthcare to people who might have some access issues who can’t get there all the time to see what we can do today and then introduce them to the community resources," says Via Christi CEO Michael Mullins.

Those who received services say they needed the medical attention and are thankful for the opportunity to get it.

"I'm out of work, no insurance and I needed help, so I'm gonna get help," says Denise Davis.

The event also provided free bags of groceries, teddy bears for children and booths for community members to get connected with agencies that could benefit them.

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Via Christi is offering free medical services on Saturday for its second-annual Medical Mission at Home event.

Services include dental, vision, hearing screening, medical care and testing, foot care, community resources and education, connection to follow-up care, pharmacy, and more.

A couple hundred bags of groceries will also be given away.

Organizers say this event is important because many people either don't qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, and they can't afford their own private insurance.

"When people fall in those gaps where they don't seek access to care, they don't have healthcare coverage it's very costly. A lot of times what happens is they may delay seeking care and they become very, very ill which results in emergent care, like the emergency room," said Charity Clark, a manager with Via Christi Transitional Care.

Medical Mission at Home takes place on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mueller Aerospace Magnet, 2500 E 18th St. N.

Organizers say anyone can come out and registration is on-site.