Kansas City, Kansas, February 1, 2017 — The Board of Directors of Wyandotte Community Health Center (WCHC) announces Patrick Sallee as Chief Executive Officer effective February 20, 2017.
In October of 2016, Turner House Children’s Clinic and the University of Kansas Hospital merged the operations of their respective safety net clinics* to form Wyandotte Community Health Center. WCHC seeks to improve access to quality, integrated health care and improve health outcomes for uninsured and underinsured people living and working in and around Wyandotte County. Services include the full range of adult and pediatric primary medical, behavioral health and dental services.
Sallee has been an integral part of the Kansas City nonprofit landscape over the past decade with positions at Big Brothers Big Sisters and American Red Cross. He most recently has served as Chief External Affairs Officer for Samuel U Rogers Health Center and was the Executive Director for the Samuel U Rogers Health Center Foundation. His experience in leading community engagement initiatives, government relations activities, strategic communications and major fund development campaigns, and his role on the leadership team of one of Kansas City’s largest safety net health centers provides exceptional qualifications. Sallee received his undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City.
“We are delighted to have Patrick on board as our chief executive officer,” says Andrea Thomas Ramsey, Chairman of the Board for WCHC. “He possesses the energy, passion, professional expertise and past experience necessary for leading the newly formed Wyandotte Community Health Center. His previous work in healthcare, his ability to develop collaborations and partnerships and his commitment to the underserved in our community will help create the environment for success that the board has outlined.”
For more information about WCHC contact board chair Andrea Thomas Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Patrick Sallee can be reached at email@example.com (effective 2/2) or by phone February 20, 2017, at 913.342.2552, ext. 104.
*Since 1990, Turner House has provided care for underserved children in Wyandotte County. The pediatric clinic is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. It currently provides more than 12,000 annual visits, with 86% of patients identifying themselves as Hispanic/Latino. The clinic provides pediatric primary care, behavioral health, and pediatric and adult dental services.
KU Health Partners, Inc., a clinical enterprise operated by the University of Kansas Schools of Nursing and Health Professions, presently operates Silver City Health Center. Silver City was established in 2006 to serve residents of Wyandotte County’s Argentine community. The clinic, now a partner in the Wyandotte Community Health Center, offers adult and pediatric primary care and adult behavioral health services, and provides over 3,700 visits each year, 38 percent of which are furnished to the uninsured. Its clinic staff also engages in significant community outreach aimed at prevention and management of chronic disease.
The University of Kansas Hospital Authority recently established a refugee clinic and two high school-based maternity clinics, anticipating 2,000 and 800 annual primary care visits, respectively. It also expanded its services at a pediatric primary care clinic housed at the Children’s Campus of Kansas City (headquarters for Wyandotte County’s Early Head Start program), and now is on track for 4,300 annual visits at that location.