Turner House Children’s Clinic, a patient-centered medical home in Kansas City, Kan., has named Dr. William A. Pankey as the new medical director.
Dr. Pankey received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va., and completed his pediatric internship and residency at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Most recently, Dr. Pankey has served as the chief medical officer - Swope Health Services, in Kansas City, Mo.
“As a pediatric specialist, I am delighted to be back in the position of providing direct-care to children in an urban area, where the demand for services is so great. Turner House is on the leading edge of healthcare reform in our community and I’m delighted to be able to guide the clinic forward. “
In his new role, Dr. Pankey leads the medical-clinical staff, directs the clinic’s Quality Improvement initiative and provides pediatric primary care services.
“Dr. Pankey is well-known and well-respected for his personal passion for delivering high quality health care to improve the lives of children and his ability to lead community health care and managed care organizations to improved outcomes,” said Janet Burton, executive director. “He is a wonderful champion for integrated, patient-focused care, and will help Turner House tremendously as we fully implement our Patient-Centered Medical Home practice.”
Turner House Children’s Clinic, a safety net health care option for children who are uninsured or who qualify for Medicaid in Kansas, has received the industry’s highest level of quality care recognition with the NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) designation of a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home.
“The Patient-Centered Medical Home is about setting the stage for a lifetime of improved health,” said Skip Gast, president of the board of directors. “It’s an important practice model that tackles the huge healthcare challenges our country is facing, and Turner House is leading the way with one of our most vulnerable populations. We are fortunate to have a new medical director with the breadth and depth of experience as Dr. Pankey.”
Dr. Pankey is a current member of the board of directors for the Mother and Child Health Coalition and has been active in a number of other organizations, including Missouri’s Kit Bond Scholarship Committee and the Missouri HealthNet Quality Improvement Council.
For more than 20 years, Turner House Children’s Clinic has provided quality health care to thousands of underserved and uninsured children in the heart of Kansas City, Kan. Turner House Children’s Clinic provides well-child exams, acute and chronic care, hearing and vision screenings, immunizations, laboratory testing, medications, referrals to specialists and Medicaid enrollment. It is an independent, nonprofit safety net clinic in Wyandotte County that serves exclusively children, many of whose families earn less than $10,000 a year. The clinic serves more than 4,200 individual children in approximately 9,300 patient visits annually, and is open for daytime, evening and Saturday appointments. For more information, go to www.thcckc.org.