Envision, Hunter Health Partner To Expand Access To Vision Health Services To Low-Income Residents Living In Sedgwick County

April 19, 2018
Wichita, Kan. – Uninsured and underinsured Sedgwick County residents will now have access to vital eye health services, thanks to a new partnership between Envision and Hunter Health to create Envision Vision Care at Hunter Health. The vision clinic will open this summer and be located inside Hunter Health’s new 21,000-square-foot facility at 527 N. Grove in Wichita, Kan. Following Hunter Health’s current model, services will be offered on a sliding fee scale. The opening of Envision Vision Care at Hunter Health expands Hunter Health’s mission to reduce barriers to care by providing a comprehensive array of primary care services for its patients.
 
A search is underway for an optometrist to meet routine eye care needs and initiate referrals for low-vision rehabilitation services that will be provided by Envision. The Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center (EVRC) staff will collaborate with Hunter Health care teams to help patients whose vision can’t be corrected by prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery learn how to live and thrive independently.
 
Low-income and racial and ethnic minority populations, including American Indians, tend to be at a greater risk for undiagnosed and uncorrected eye and vision disorders and diseases than the rest of the population. These disparities are compounded by several factors, including inadequate or no health insurance, lack of access to optometrists, treatment costs and lack of understanding of the importance of routine eye care.
 
“Envision is thrilled to partner with Hunter Health to broaden both of our organizations’ reach and scope of services to meet the comprehensive eye health needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Heather Hogan, senior vice president of Foundation and Mission Services for Envision. “The collaboration is especially beneficial in that it allows Envision to serve the large population of adults and youth who utilize Hunter Health’s services. A significant health concern facing Hunter Health’s patient population today is diabetes, and with diabetes often comes preventable complications of loss of eyesight through diabetic retinopathy.”
 
Hunter Health CEO Amy Feimer is equally excited by the addition of optometry services and what that means for the clinic’s current and future patients.
 
“We undertook a $6 million expansion with the specific goals of increasing our patient capacity as well as our value to the community,” Feimer said. “Lack of insurance stops so many individuals from receiving routine eye examinations that are essential to overall health and well-being. With this partnership, we are changing that reality and making sure our patients have access to affordable, quality vision care.”
 
About Envision: Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.
 
About Hunter Health: Hunter Health provides comprehensive, integrated healthcare services including medical, dental and behavioral health. Founded in 1976, Hunter Health exists to improve the health and well-being of everyone in our community. Hunter Health was Kansas’s first Federally Qualified Health Center and it is the only Urban Indian Health Center in the state. Learn more at www.hunterhealth.org.
 

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