Butler County Times Gazette
  • Update: Via Christi announces closure of Augusta clinic

  • Augusta physicians, staff moving to other locations
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  • Via Christi announced the closure of its Augusta clinic.  The two physicians and staff at the clinic will be moving next month to other Via Christi outpatient locations, including the Via Christi Clinic at 612 N. Andover Rd. and the Via Christi Clinic on George Washington Blvd. in Wichita.
    The medical organization advised the change will better position Via Christi to manage the health of the populations it serves.
     “We are committed to serving our Augusta-area patients and believe we can do so more efficiently and effectively through consolidating our small Augusta clinic’s services into other locations,”  said Jack Shellito, MD, chief clinical officer of Via Christi Clinic.  
    He noted the Augusta clinic, one of several Family Medicine practices in that town, has for several years been operating well below capacity and would need significant financial investments in facility renovations to bring it up to date.
     Tara Katz, MD, one of the two Family Medicine physicians serving the clinic, will be re-located to the Via Christi Clinic in Andover.  Katz, who joined Via Christi in 2013, will begin seeing patients at the new location as of June 30, with Charles Green, MD, Scott Hane, MD, and Michael Wilson, MD.
     Sara Purdy, DO, will join Emily VinZant, MD, at the Via Christi Clinic on George Washington Blvd. in Wichita.  Purdy, who joined Via Christi in 2012, will begin seeing patients at the southeast Wichita clinic on June 16.
    Steven Bland, PA, is still considering his plans.
    Via Christi Clinic will send a letter to patients explaining how to obtain their records and will detail their care options after Bland makes a decision.
      Via Christi is assisting the staff with job placement within the system.  The Augusta clinic will close June 27.
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    Some background information...
    The local clinic has been a part of Augusta’s fabric since 1958 when Dr. James L. Barber and Dr. Dale Anderson opened the Augusta Family Practice in the Augusta Plaza.  They moved to their 120 W. Josephine location in 1985.
    In October of 1989, Drs. Barber and Anderson became part of the Wichita Clinic.
    The Wichita Clinic became part of Via Christi Health in 2010.

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