(WICHITA, Kan.)—Residents in northeast Wichita now have more access to health care. The expanded Tyree Health and Dental clinic opened Thursday. It's located at
1525 N. Lorraine Street.
The clinic is part of a ministry through St. Mark United Methodist Church. The new wing includes a waiting room, chidren's area, medical exam rooms and dental operating rooms.
Since treating about 400 patients in 2006 to 6,000 in 2012, the clinic has experience a growing demand. "The number of people who are uninsured who don't have access to affordable health care has risen over the years, and those numbers have increased consistently," said Pastor Junius Dotson with St. Mark United Methodist Church.
Dotston says the expansion will allow the clinic to serve more than 9,000 patients this year. "I am excited about expanding our capacity to serve, but I'm most excited about the new counseling center, said Dotson. "In recent months we have seen horrific tragedies carried out by individuals who by all accounts have had some history of mental illness. "It is my hope that having a safe place with licensed therapists, social workers and others to help people in need of mental help will be an added benefit that will help families, the individual and our community," Dotson said.