Caritas Clinics, Inc. dba Duchesne Clinic & Saint Vincent Clinic
636 Tauromee Avenue
Kansas City KS 66101
Bringing Health & Hope, at Duchesne Clinic
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 321-2626
Fax 913- 321-2651
Mission Statement
We will reveal and foster God's healing love by improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor or vulnerable.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. George Noonan
Board Chair Ms. Judy Scott
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Midwest Transplant Network
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1993
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Caritas Clinics leverages financial support for better patient care. Through our generous community partners, each $1 donated to Caritas Clinics leverages $3 in patient medical care. To bring health and hope to our patients, Caritas Clinics are in need of on-site medical volunteers and referral partners, as well as collaborators for special projects and support through supply drives.  Donations can be made via check made payable to Caritas Clinics, Duchesne Clinic and/or Saint Vincent Clinic and mailed to 636 Tauromee, Kansas City, KS 66101 or 818 N. 7th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048.  Donations are also accepted online at

Financial Summary
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Mission Statement We will reveal and foster God's healing love by improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor or vulnerable.
Background Statement
Throughout our history, Saint Vincent and Duchesne Clinics have met the primary healthcare needs of the uninsured poor.
In the mid-1980s, Sister Rosalie Mahoney of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth expressed grave concern that many Leavenworth County, Kansas residents faced a challenge that badly undermined their health and well-being. A significant group of people in the community had no medical coverage and therefore lacked access to care for their fundamental health needs. Sister Rosalie strove to develop a cost-effective, accessible facility for those residents without the ability to pay for medical services. Her work made possible the birth of Saint Vincent Clinic in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1986.
Shortly after, similar need was recognized in neighboring Wyandotte County, Kansas, which is often noted as one of the least healthy and most impoverished counties in the state. Duchesne Clinic opened in June of 1989 to address huge health disparities and care access gaps among Wyandotte residents. The clinics joined together as Caritas Clinics, Inc. and were incorporated in 1993. Today Caritas exists as a dual-site, mission-focused ministry of SCL Health--the embodiment of both agencies' shared commitment to improving the health of those who are the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities. Both Caritas Clinics enact this mission daily be providing quality primary care services for individuals and families facing the greatest barriers to good health. Our clinics are unique in that while we serve those with incomes at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, we focus solely on caring for those who are entirely uninsured. Unlike most other health care providers, even safety net clinics, we deliberately choose to meet the needs of those patients who generally have nowhere else to turn for quality care.
In 1993, these two clinics were incorporated under the name of Caritas, Clinics, Inc.
Impact Statement
Caritas Clinics provides health and hope for the uninsured poor of Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties through quality primary medical care, chronic disease management, medication assistance and care coordination:
  • ACCOMPLISHMENT: In 2018, we provided quality medical care for 1,763 patients and over $2.2 million in medication assistance. GOAL: Through grant funded programs enhancing patient care access, our goal is to increase the number of patients seen by 5%.

  • ACCOMPLISHMENT: At Duchesne Clinic, 75% of patients with diabetes have A1C of less than 9 points. Coordinated medical care in conjunction with bilingual diabetes education provided by nurse health educator has enabled patients to have success managing their disease and making permanent changes in their lifestyle. GOAL: Through grant funded programs, continue Diabetes Education program to high risk populations.

  • ACCOMPLISHMENT: Our staff completed trauma sensitivity training which increased awareness of the impact of trauma on our patients and staff. GOAL: In 2020, Caritas Clinics will continue its process to move toward a fully trauma informed organizational culture.

  • ACCOMPLISHMENT: Caritas launched a structured volunteer management program for the clinics. GOAL: Expand and grow our volunteer base, attracting board, management, donors and community members on active committees to better leverage volunteer talent as resources.
Needs Statement
To adequately address community needs, Caritas Clinics request:
  • Financial support for direct patient care and special projects, including multi-year pledges to meet emerging trends.
  • Pro-bono medical services, including vision, dental, and other specialty care.
  • Medical supplies including basic first-aid supplies and over-the-counter medications.
  • Skilled volunteer support, especially in the areas of marketing and communications, social media, graphic design, and copy writing.
Service Categories
Community Clinics
Ambulatory & Primary Health Care
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Leavenworth County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Caritas Clinics serves residents of Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I was recently asked “what motivates me to get up in the morning?” My first response was our staff who care deeply for our patients.
Our team does an amazing job of meeting our patients where they are in life and helping them get back on the road to health. In our 2019 Patient Satisfaction Survey, our patients rated their satisfaction with their medical providers at 99% and 99% expressed were satisfied or highly satisfied with the care they received. Our patients’ health outcomes rival, if not beat, state and national averages for diabetes management, hypertension control and obesity.
I dream of the day when everyone in our community has access to quality medical care. Although we touch thousands of individuals and families, our work is not complete. In Leavenworth and Wyandotte Counties, there are still thousands of uninsured people; most of them will put off care until they are so sick they have to go to the hospital or emergency room. Not only is that expensive and a burden on our fractured health care system, but more importantly, our patients can’t manage their chronic health conditions by visits to emergency departments.
Within the next three years, we will:
  • Implement a new program that pairs Caritas medical providers with highly skilled volunteer medical specialists from Harvard, Tufts, Yale and other medical schools to consult, educate and mentor our providers through an innovative telehealth technology platform. We anticipate being able to reduce wait times for our patients to see specialists, which currently can take up to a year to be seen. As Caritas pilots this program, it has the potential to be implemented across community health clinics in the greater Kansas City area.
  • Provide medication assistance to every patient who needs it. Whether patients’ access monthly medications from our staff enrolling them in pharmaceutical companies indigent care programs or through providers giving out samples from well stocked medication inventory, our team will make sure our patients get the right medicine at the right time to help them meet their health care goals.
  • Continue on the path we started over a year ago to become a trauma informed care organization. We will do everything we can to implement care practices that create a culture of safety, empowerment and healing for our patients and staff recognizing that the experience of trauma is prevalent throughout our communities.
Description Caritas Clinics provide primary healthcare services for the uninsured poor of Wyandotte County. Our patients are seen by clinic staff or volunteer medical providers. Patients receive access to ongoing, bilingual, integrated on-site care, including diagnosis and treatment, chronic disease management, medication assistance, diet and exercise education, preventive care and acute care.
Program Budget $1,679,000.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Ambulatory & Primary Health Care
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Adults
Short-Term Success
Short-term success is determined by the efficiency and effectiveness of our clinic practices.  Goals include the number of patients served, number of services provided, and wait times for service delivery.
In 2017, Duchesne and Saint Vincent Clinics has served over 1,500 patients and provided over $1.5 million in pharmaceutical assistance. Of the pharmaceutical assistance, $1.2 million was from the Pharmacy Assistance Program and the additional $200,000 came from the Unused Medication Act of 2008 dispensary and private grants. 
Long-Term Success
Long-term success is determined by the quality of care that our patients receive. Goals include providing a medical home for our patients and medical support so that our patients with chronic disease can manage their illness.
Each year we use our Continuous Quality Improvement Plan (CQI) plan to assess the quality of patient care based on national standards for quality of care measures and patient health outcomes.
Program Success Monitored By Each year the Board of Directors adopts an integrated strategic plan which serves as the work plan for the upcoming year. The plan specifies goals and objectives with strategies and measurable outcomes. At each monthly meeting of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee, the objectives and strategies are reviewed.
Examples of Program Success
In 2017, Duchesne and Saint Vincent Clinics increased access to healthcare in our communities by providing medical care to high-acuity patients while maintaining a patient retention rate of over 80%.
Our patients have complex chronic disease management needs. As a safety net clinic our goal is to help patients manage their diseases on an ongoing basis. We do this through ongoing care.
  • 60% of our patients receive continuity of care from our clinic which averages to around five visits annually. This is essential in helping to keep our patients healthy and out of emergency rooms unnecessarily.   
In addition we look at some indicators of success in more detail. In particular as it relates to high blood pressure and diabetes.  
  • Of the 335 patients with a diabetes diagnosis 86% had final A1C readings at the end of the year at a 9 or below. Anything within that range for a diabetic is considered fair - excellent for the degree of control of the disease according to the American Diabetes Association.
  • Of the 406 patients with identified high blood pressure diagnosis, 71% of them now have blood pressure under control.
During the same time period, the clinics provided over $1,500,000 in pharmaceutical assistance to our patients.
Description Duchesne and Saint Vincent Clinics help our patients access medications through the Pharmaceutical Assistance Program. Staff and volunteers complete paperwork to certify patient eligibility for pharmaceutical company assistance programs, submit applications, receive the donated medications, and follow a multi-step safety and efficacy process to ensure that our patients receive the right medications at the right dose and know how to take their medications correctly.
Program Budget $50,000.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Pharmaceuticals
Population Served Adults
Short-Term Success Short-term success is measured monthly by tracking the number of patients who received free medications and the value of the donated medications.
Long-Term Success
The Pharmaceutical Assistance Program is a crucial component of the clinics' goals to (1) provide a medical home for our patients, and (2) provide medical support for patient efforts to manage chronic disease.

The long-term success of this program is measured by the growing number of patients who are able to better manage their health because of access to the medications they need. This success is captured through our CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) measures.
Program Success Monitored By The number and dollar value of medications provided is tracked monthly. The results of access to medication combined with our emphasis on medication compliance, are reflected in our CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) measures.
Examples of Program Success
The dollar value of the free and reduced cost medications that the clinics access for our patients is evidence of the success of this program. In 2017, patients from Duchesne and Saint Vincent clinics received more than $1,500,000 in patient medications. Our Pharmacy Assistance Program provided maintenance medication management with 486 prescriptions for patients. 

This allows our patients with chronic illness to better manage their illness, which in turn provides better health outcomes.  In addition, the program allows greater medical, financial, and emotional stability for our patients by reducing the impact of uninsurance on the patients' overall well-being.
Description The infusion of trauma informed care (TIC) into our entire workplace in order to combat widespread trauma impacting our patient populations--and thus directly and indirectly our staff, the end result being a fully trauma informed organizational culture.  Each individual entering the clinic is treated in a manner that is backed by the most recent practices in trauma informed care by trained teams, and internal trauma informed leaders.  Our collaboration with the Truman Medical Center's (TMC's) Center for Trauma Informed Innovation (CTII) has moved us into a phase of tangible action to truly change how trauma is addressed at the clinics.     
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Care Issues
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our staff has undergone trauma-sensitivity training (Lemonade for Life") which has helped increase staff awareness, intentional internal conversations and strategy development when working with patients.  
Long-Term Success
This process will address the patient-centered needs of the people we serve who experience trauma as a prevalent undercurrent in their lives. This in turn affects the clinic staff in terms of secondary trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue. Long term success will combat these factors using a communication focused strategy which changes the process of how we work, approach patients and communicate with each other on a daily basis.
  • Formation of an internal group at the clinics committed to spearheading trauma-informed culture transformation;
  • Intensive training of seven staff in trauma-informed principles;
  • Training of at least 85% of other staff in additional trauma-informed care skill-building;
  • 100% completion of a trauma informed care surveying assessment that leads to:
  • 100% completion of a year-long, trauma-informed implementation plan, developed in concert with the CTII team
  • Assessment of relevant data points and possible options to embed trauma information into our EHR. 
Program Success Monitored By Our internal TIC staff will report at least quarterly to the leadership team on the outcome and output metrics reported in the program design, in consultation with our CTII partners.  These include:  staff training completion and design of an assessment; a work-plan containing action steps an timetables; and timely completion of plan deliverables.  
Examples of Program Success Having undergone trauma-sensitivity training (Lemonade for Life"), staff has begun to integrate communication strategies with patients and among themselves while working with patients who are at risk for high levels of trauma.   
CEO Comments
The patients of Saint Vincent and Duchesne Clinics frequently have complex medical conditions. A majority of patients have one or more chronic illnesses, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and asthma. Because our patients have no insurance, prior to receiving care at our clinics their medical conditions are often untreated, which causes additional complications.
Our services and programs have expanded in order to meet the needs of our patients. We provide medication assistance and through volunteer providers, both on-site and off-site, we are able to provide chronic disease management education, dental care, mental health care, vision care, and some specialist medical care. Our Continuous Quality Improvement Plan assesses the quality of patient care on a quarterly basis. Our patient survey measures patient satisfaction. Our Employee Satisfaction Survey measures employee satisfaction in many areas. Improvement plans are written for any area that fails to meet the benchmark.
We believe that we are never "finished," that there is always a new improvement or a new method which will enhance patient care. The care we provide is patient-focused. Our program is always based on and evaluated by the Core Values of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. These Core Values are: Respect, Response to Need, Wholeness, Excellence and Stewardship. Care is consistently provided with respect and compassion for those we serve.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. George Noonan
Term Start Feb 2016
George Noonan has been Executive Director of Caritas Clinics since February of 2016.  He has the overall responsibility for clinic mission and operations and actively serves in the following:
  • Safety Net Coalition of Wyandotte County
  • Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, KS
  • Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU)
  • Community Health Council of Wyandotte County
  • Congressman Kevin Yoder Health Advisory Task Force.
Former CEOs
Sister Ann McGuire SCLJune 1993 - Nov 2005
Sr. Amy Willcott SCLAug 1990 - July 1993
Senior Staff
Title Director of Finance
Title Development Director
Title Medical Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 21
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 240
Retention Rate 70%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 11
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Other (Please Specify) Egyptian
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 25
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Caritas Clinics engage in on-going community collaboration, an essential component of care. Providence Medical Center, Saint John Hospital and St. Luke's Cushing Hospital provide laboratory and radiology services. A sampling of additional partners includes: the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Saint Joseph Health Center, Kansas Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, UMKC, KU Schools of Nursing and Medicine, Wyandotte County Safety Net, Riverview Health Services, El Centro, and the Leavenworth Human Resources Council. Furthermore, we collaborate with the Kansas Health Collaborative, Compass Practice Transformation Network and the Iowa Health Collaborative.
Caritas Clinics engage in on-going community collaboration, an essential component of care. Providence Medical Center, Saint John Hospital and St. Luke's Cushing Hospital provide laboratory and radiology services. A sampling of additional partners includes: the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Saint Joseph Health Center, Kansas Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, UMKC, KU Schools of Nursing and Medicine, Wyandotte County Safety Net, Riverview Health Services, El Centro, and the Leavenworth Human Resources Council. Furthermore, we collaborate with the Kansas Health Collaborative, Compass Practice Transformation Network and the Iowa Health Collaborative. 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments
Pope Francis urges us time and again to overcome any indifference and care for one another, especially the least among us. Each and all of us must “hear the cry of the poor,” and embrace the challenge. At Duchesne and Saint Vincent Clinics, our doors are open to the poor and disadvantaged. We hear their cry and our medical home is welcoming, inviting and provides patients the care they need and deserve. It’s simply -- our mission.
And this Mission of Health begins and ends with each of us.
I am proud of our deep and rich history with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who heard the call 33 years ago and opened Saint Vincent Clinic in Leavenworth.
Louis de Marillac said, “Fear nothing in carrying out what God ask of you for the service of the poor.”
Today, our clinics are still providing healthcare and more than ever, we’ve continued to evolve to address the growing complexity of healthcare from chronic diseases to behavioral health to the struggles of families and homelessness.
I am proud of our staff and to be part of this team—continuing our mission, one patient at a time.
The staff does an amazing job of meeting our patients where they are in life and helping them get back on the road to health. In our 2019 Patient Satisfaction Survey, our patients rated their satisfaction with their medical providers at 99% and 99% expressed were satisfied or highly satisfied with the care they received.
I am proud that our patients’ health outcomes rival, if not beat, state and national averages for diabetes management, hypertension control, and obesity.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Judy Scott
Company Affiliation Retired Midwest Transplant Network
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Roy Robinson
Company Affiliation Retired Archer Daniels Midland
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Mr. Patrick AltenhofenSaint Luke's Cushing Hospital
Samuel Dandar MDSt. Luke's Medical Group-Cushing
Ms. Debbie DeereOwner/Exec Dir. A Deere Place, Inc.
Ms. Anita DunnLadies of Charity
Teodoro Garcia Esq.Garcia Immigration Law Offices
Ken Homan PhDLiaison, SCL Health System
Mr. Jose HuguezPres/CEO, Coral Collective
Mr. George NoonanCaritas Clinics
Ms. Rosemary PodrebaracAttorney at Law
Mr. Roy RobinsonRetired
Ms. Judy ScottRetired
Sister Amy WillcottSisters of Charity of Leavenworth
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 92%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments

At Saint Vincent and Duchesne clinics we care for the whole person. We recognize the effects of trauma and stress on the health of families. We treat the individual, never forgetting they’re part of a bigger family. When a patient has an accident on a construction site or their diabetes is out of control…our medical care not only gets them back on their feet, but gives them a sense of power over their own life. They feel capable of making different choices to improve their health. It reclaims their dignity. We remain grateful for the steadfast generosity of our donors and supporters.  

Our mission calls us to reveal God's healing love by improving the health of the individuals and communities we serve. Thank you to the community of Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth for continuing to be examples of that healing love made manifest.

In 2019, we began a patient and family advisory council at each clinic that meets bi-monthly. These councils are comprised of current and previous patients (all volunteers) who help inform our decisions and allow us test ideas and get frank, honest feedback for new health initiatives and clinic adjustments. We are so grateful for their continued commitment. 
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,828,819
Projected Expenses $2,549,230
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$209,762$251,900$255,843
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$16,283$6,056$2,212
Membership Dues$0--$0
Special Events$88,722$121,727$126,473
Revenue In-Kind$0--$4,942
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,439,002$1,945,706$1,558,332
Administration Expense$571,078$333,726$241,209
Fundraising Expense$169,360$147,972$190,847
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.670.650.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses66%80%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$6,379,877$5,369,945$4,112,978
Current Assets$4,825,696$3,650,601$2,316,270
Long-Term Liabilities$0$2,656,646$1,049,620
Current Liabilities$133,029$96,379$99,170
Total Net Assets$6,246,848$2,616,920$2,964,188
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities36.2837.8823.36
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%49%26%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $254,760
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $218,750
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $206,722
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments


Financial stability is an on-going priority for the board of directors and administration of Caritas Clinics. In 2016, we hired a new development and marketing team. Each year a Fund Development Plan is approved by the board of directors. The plan projects revenue from grants, donations, United Way, and special fundraising events. We are working to increase the individual giving program. Since the clinics began operating in 1986, we have been blessed with generous and supportive donors.

In addition to private fundraising, we are revamping some of our procedures to help with patient payments. Our patients are asked to pay $15 per visit. No one will be turned away for not being able to pay, but we are working to increase the funds we receive this way.

Finally, we have been approved to start accepting Medicare. We are in the process of having all medical providers go through the credentialing process. Once these steps are complete we will also apply to accept Medicaid. Although we were not awarded Federal Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status in 2016, board and senior leadership will begin moving forward to implement accepting Medicaid and Medicare at our Leavenworth site in early 2020.


Other Documents
2018 Annual Report2018View
2017 Spring Newsletter2017View
2016 Spring Newsletter2016View
2014 Annual Report2014View
Organization Name Caritas Clinics, Inc. dba Duchesne Clinic & Saint Vincent Clinic
Address 636 Tauromee Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
Primary Phone (913) 321-2626
CEO/Executive Director Mr. George Noonan
Board Chair Ms. Judy Scott
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Midwest Transplant Network
Year of Incorporation 1993