HaysMed opens clinic in Great Bend
By KALEY CONNER
Hays Medical Center earlier this month opened a full-time specialty clinic in Great Bend.
Great Bend Healthcare Center offers obstetrics and gynecology, urology and cardiovascular care five days a week. The clinic is housed in leased space at 1400 Polk.
"We do so much outreach all over the whole western half of the state," said Shae Veach, vice president of regional operations. "We felt like it would be a good thing to do for Barton County and surrounding counties to have a good, central location in place to come for specialty care."
HaysMed specialists travel to many surrounding communities; 950 specialty clinics were offered in the region last year alone, in addition to mobile imaging. The facility in Great Bend, however, is the first free-standing clinic. HaysMed staff usually uses available space in hospitals or clinics.
Four full-time employees -- receptionists and nurses -- work in the clinic. Additional nurses will travel with specialists.
The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays for appointments and phone calls only. Those wanting to make an appointment are asked to schedule ahead of time.
Surgical procedures still will be done only at HaysMed, but the new clinic will accommodate new patients or those needing follow-up care.
The specialists will work with some family physicians in the area, Veach said.
HaysMed's traditional coverage area has been north and west of Hays. In recent years, however, the hospital has been increasing its presence to the south. HaysMed also operates Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Specialty clinics will continue to be offered in that location, Veach said.
"We've seen an increase in the amount of Barton County patients in that area coming into the HaysMed system," Veach said. "This is just another way for us to become engaged with the community and be committed to what we're doing down in Barton County."