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Published on October 06, 2015

North Kansas City Hospital’s Meritas Health and Hy-Vee Launch First Express Care Clinic in the Northland

Meritas Health ExpressMeritas Health, a subsidiary of North Kansas City Hospital, is announcing it will open five express care clinics in the Northland over the next two years. The first Meritas Health Express walk-in clinic will open in the Liberty Hy-Vee, located at 109 N. Blue Jay Drive, in late November.

“Our goal with Meritas Health Express is to provide convenient and affordable non-emergency care to people who live and work in the Northland,” said Linda Coventon, Meritas Health network executive. “We want to be responsive to the changing needs of healthcare consumers by offering a complementary and supportive supplement to traditional doctors’ offices. Hy-Vee is a natural fit for our first clinic as they, like Meritas Health, are focused on improving the health of the communities we serve.”

HyVee“Hy-Vee’s top priority is taking care of its customers. With the new Meritas Health Express walk-in clinic, our customers will not only have access to our in-store dietitians and pharmacists, but now they will be able to seek health, wellness and preventive care services all in one stop,” said Andy McCann, Hy-Vee’s executive vice president, chief administrative officer and vice chairman. “We are excited to work with Meritas Health so that we can continue to help our customers lead healthier, happier lives.”

Meritas Health Express clinics will be staffed by advanced nurse practitioners with medical oversight provided by primary care physicians from Meritas Health, the largest network of providers in the Northland. Open seven days a week, the clinics will provide non-urgent care services for adults and children 18 months and older. Services include immunizations, physical exams, wellness screenings, and treatment for minor illnesses, injuries and skin conditions.

“Through our electronic medical record system, Meritas Health Express is connected to North Kansas City Hospital, Meritas Health and other providers, allowing for seamless patient referrals when necessary,” said Coventon.
“We are proud to announce our first clinic with Hy-Vee, a company whose values and community spirit align with our own,” said Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO at North Kansas City Hospital. “As the Northland continues to grow and we announce additional locations, these clinics will enable us to provide additional healthcare services to the community.”

About North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. NKCH is an acute-care facility with 451 licensed beds and 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs, to home health and hospice, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

NKCH offers advanced treatment options, including world class cancer care through a partnership with the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, North Kansas City Hospital offers the largest network of healthcare providers in the Northland, with more than 110 primary and specialty care physicians in 30 convenient locations.
The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 60 charitable and community organizations and served more than 24,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical expenses.

About Hy-Vee, Inc.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit

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