TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A new medical clinic is one step closer to opening in Topeka.
Officials broke ground Wednesday afternoon on the Saint Francis Family Medicine at Brewster Place facility.
The 10,095 square foot clinic will be on the Brewster Place campus and will serve the general public and Brewster Place residents. It will include x-ray and lab services, immediate care offices, primary care physician offices among other amenities.
All involved believe this is a positive step for the community.
"We're always going to have a wonderful, great hospital when people are really sick," said Robert Erickson, President and CEO of Saint Francis Health Center. "But I think our calling in health care is now different where we need to try to keep residents and community healthy and well, and so bringing care out into the community is a much more effective way to do that."
"We started our rehab center and that allowed us to be able to take people directly from hospitals who weren't already living here about a year and a half ago," said David Beck, President and CEO of Brewster Place. "Now the clinic is another area that people will be coming onto our campus from outside, who don't already live here."
After the ground breaking ceremony, Brewster Place held their annual barbecue and block party.