Clinic headed for south side

August 22nd, 2018

By Sherry Slater | The Journal Gazette

Another clinic is coming to Fort Wayne's south side.

Parkview Physicians Group on Monday announced plans to open a primary care clinic in The Summit, the former Taylor University campus on the south side of Rudisill Boulevard.

Scheduled to open in August 2019, the clinic will employ two physicians and two advance practice providers, which are nurse practitioners or physician assistants. The facility will also employ a support staff of about 20.

The 7,000-square-foot clinic will include nine examination rooms, a procedure room and some exams rooms devoted to telemedicine. Lab services will also be available.

The total investment amount wasn't available Monday, Parkview spokeswoman Jessica Foor said. Fees will be in line with all other Parkview Physicians Group offices.

This is the third announcement in recent months about efforts to increase access to health care on the south side, home to some of the poorest families in the community.

Parkview Physicians Group's new clinic will be slightly more than 1 mile from the clinic Park Center opened last month in the Lafayette Medical Center at 2700 S. Lafayette St.

The Park Center clinic offers primary care appointments, addiction programs and mental health services. It is located in the same building as the IUFW Lafayette Street Family Health Clinic, which provides pelvic exams, access to birth control, pregnancy tests, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. 

Parkview Health also has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana to launch a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. The mobile clinic, which hit the road last month, takes health care services into low-income neighborhoods.

Anyone without insurance is treated for free. Those with health care insurance are asked to pay the co-pay amount set by their policy.

Local officials used a $400,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities global organization to buy the mobile clinic. The local branch of the charity is raising funds to cover ongoing operating costs. And Parkview Physicians Group staffs the vehicle with three paid employees.

The Summit has become a local hub for services provided to low-income families. It leases space to several socially minded organizations, including Healthier Moms and Babies, Big Brother Big Sisters, Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana and The Literary Alliance.

Others with offices there include Region 8 Education Service Center, the Center for Nonviolence,  and Pink Leaf.