When people hear the names Saint V incent Clinic or Duchesne Clinic, many know they are safety net clinics—one in the Leavenworth area, and one in Wyandotte County. What many people don’t realize is that these two clinics operate as sister clinics, overseen by one leadership team under the name Caritas Clinics.
Recognizing a need to minist er to the health needs of the poor , in 1986 the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth founded Saint Vincent Clinic in Leavenworth. Shortly after that, Duchesne Clinic was established through the cr eative efforts of a number of community members, including Sister Anna Totta, Sister Janice Koelzer, RN, a Sister of Saint Joseph of Concor dia Order, and Mr. Stephen Ziller, a Knight of Malta and tireless advocate for Duchesne.
In the early 90’s the clinics, although affiliated, operated as separate entities with separate managers providing similar services in separ ate locations. Under the leadership of Sister Amy Willcott, both clinics joined together as Caritas Clinics, Inc. in order to increase efficiency and reduce administration and fundraising costs. In 1992, she also led the effort for Caritas Clinics to come under the Sist ers of Charity of Leavenworth Health System.
Our new logo tells the story of two clinics who shar e the same goals and mis sion: to reveal and foster God’s healing love by improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. It also illustrates the centrality of our relationship with SCL Health, formerly kno wn as the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System.
So when you see the words Caritas Clinics, you’re really seeing the strength of two clinics—both Saint Vincent and Duchesne. A holy ground where people in need of medical care encounter people who care and where the spirit of caritas – the spirit of love – takes hold and transforms lives.
Our mission: to reveal and foster God’s healing love by improving the health of the people and communities we serve.