Diverse Religious Rites Mark Expansion of Native American Health Clinic in Wichita

April 9, 2005

Source: The Witcha Eagle


On April 9, 2005 the The Witcha Eagle reported, "with burning sage and incense, clerical collars and embroidered silks, Hunter Health Clinic took the first step in its expansion project with a ground-blessing ceremony Friday. The ceremony reflected Hunter's heritage as an American Indian health center, beginning with a blessing by Native American spiritual leaders. And it reflected Hunter's diverse patient population, with chanting by Buddhist monks, dances by Hindu and Buddhist women, prayers by Protestant ministers and songs by Native Americans and a Baha'i. The ceremony is the beginning of a $5.5 million building project that will triple the medical center's space. Ground for the new building is to be broken in late summer, with completion about two years away... In its most recent fiscal year, Hunter Health -- a nonprofit community health center -- had 51,721 patient visits, up from 35,311 five years earlier. That's about the maximum the existing building can accommodate. The new building, designed by Law/Kingdon Inc., will have 45,000 square feet, with 10,000 of it unfinished space in the basement."