Central Kansas

Newton, Kansas Area

First MHF Regional Meeting in Kansas!

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) held its first Regional Meeting in Kansas on Sunday afternoon, March 9, 2014 at Shalom Mennonite Church, in Newton.

Matthew SchmidtMatthew Schmidt, LSCSW, Executive Director of Health Ministries Clinic, was the featured speaker on the subject of “Integrated Health Care: One Mind, One Body, One Patient.”

Health Ministries Clinic, a Federally-Qualified Health Center, has instituted a model of integrated care that involves multiple health care providers working together with a patient-centered focus, often bringing several disciplines together into a single patient encounter, with the goal of capturing the patient in their current visit. Schmidt detailed the benefits of the integrated model, and several of his staff members also commented on how it is being implemented at Health Ministries Clinic, which is in Newton. Several dozen attendees from a variety of disciplines showed keen interest in the model which involves the ongoing collaboration between behavioral health, medical, and dental services.

Paul Leichty, MHF Executive Director, also shared briefly about MHF’s mission to be an interdisciplinary community of Anabaptist health professionals.  Refreshments were served following the presentation.