New Facilities Strengthen Mosaic, Northwest Health | Profiles

St. Joseph’s health facilities took a leap forward in 2021, with Mosaic Life Care announcing plans for a new cancer center and Northwest Health Services opening a new clinic on the North Side.

The cancer center, which will open in late spring, will be a state-of-the-art facility, consistent with Mosaic’s partnership with the Mayo Clinic. It will cost nearly $22 million.

It is being built just north of the current cancer center and is designed to increase patient flow, providing a better alternative to the current setup. Mosaic officials noted that the current facility is cramped and can be slow at times. Some areas are crowded, especially the waiting room.

The new center is expected to attract patients from a four-state region and will reflect the hospital’s affiliation with the Mayo Clinic. Officials said there are multiple instances of digital information being sent to Mayo’s home base of Rochester, Minnesota. In addition, 5 to 10 local patients are sent there every year for consultation or treatment.

“The facility will have a ‘wow’ factor, so when you walk in, you’ll know you’re in a world-class cancer center,” an official said.

The initiative is supported by a $350,000 donation from Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary. The donation will name the Ribbon Walk and Caregiver Lounge in the new center and support its new survivorship clinic.

The Ribbon Walk will be dedicated to patients who have fought cancer and will symbolize all types of cancer. The Caregiver Lounge will provide a space for Mosaic caregivers to relax and rejuvenate.

The Survival Clinic will include items such as an education room, therapy services, wellness/exercise gym, spiritual health services, massage, acupuncture and acupressure and a patient library.

“This commitment to Mosaic underscores the Auxiliary’s mission to provide support that improves health care in our community,” said Board Chair Cheryl Hale.

Improving health care in the community is also a goal of Northwest Health Services, which opened its new clinic on the North Side this winter.

“We see patients for their medical checkups, doing primary care,” said Corey Myers, chief marketing officer for Northwest Health. “We can also do X-rays there, which is very important.”

The new building is located at 1000 Fifth Ave., at the intersection with St. Joseph Avenue, and is connected to a drive-thru pharmacy. It replaces a smaller clinic that was located in Speedy’s strip mall on St. Joseph Avenue.

Sarah Phillips, director of pharmacy for Northwest Health, said the new addition makes visits easier for patients.

“Having it next to our medical building is really convenient, so patients can get their medical care and then come and get pharmacy services in one trip,” she said.

The clinic and pharmacy are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, except from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., when the establishment is closed for the lunch break. The pharmacy is accessible to all residents, not just Northwest Health patients.

The agency has 22 locations in northwest Missouri, offering a variety of services. In St. Joseph, clinics also offer dental care and mental health counselling, with a variable pay scale based on income. Northwest Health accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance.

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