Daily Archives: May 3, 2013

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“He’s a very popular saint.”

John Hoskins of Saint Francis Community Services on how the Salina-based group isn’t affiliated with Via Christi on St. Francis

Saint Francis Community Services to take 30,000 square feet at the former Office This

WICHITA — Saint Francis Community Services, which is taking over child welfare services previously provided by Youthville, is going to occupy 31,000 square feet at the former Office This.

The organization currently operates in about 4,000 square feet on North Amidon.

“We have to significantly expand that space,” says John Hoskins, vice president of marketing for the Salina-based group.

Saint Francis will occupy space that technically was part of the Office This development at 4031 E. Harry but wasn’t in the main area that was rented for office and conference space.

Developer Max Cole has closed that space in anticipation of a new tenant that will take as much as 100,000 square feet, though the deal isn’t done. The Saint Francis deal is separate from that.

In 1996, Kansas privatized management of its child welfare system that handles foster care, adoption services, residential treatment facilities and family preservation services.

There are five groups that bid on contracts to handle those services every four years.

Saint Francis won work for the next four years in two regions, including the Wichita region which is comprised of Wichita and almost a dozen surrounding counties.

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Broadway Home Medical owners to open Lindsey Medical Supply on west side

WICHITA — Broadway Home Medical owners Brian Lindsey and his father, Michael, are expanding their business with a new company.

Lindsey Medical Supply will be similar to Broadway Home Medical, but it won’t work with insurance companies or Medicare.

“The difference is that we’re going to do a cash-only store,” Brian Lindsey says.

“We’re looking for a whole different business model to get away from reimbursements from insurance companies because they’re getting harder to collect from,” he says. “They don’t want to pay you.”

Both outlets will carry similar supplies, including walkers, wheelchairs, bath safety items, breathing equipment, hospital beds and lift chairs among other things.

Brian Lindsey says Broadway Medical Supply can’t charge customers different amounts from insurance companies or Medicare out of the same retail outlet.

“You’re pricing has to be the same across the multiple players,” he says.

That’s why the Lindseys need a second outlet.

Broadway Home Medical is in 8,000 square feet, 6,000 square feet of which is the retail space, just north of Lincoln and Hillside.

Lindsey Home Medical will be in 4,000 square feet on Central just east of West Street. The Lindseys purchased the 8,000-square-foot building, which is home to Scharenberg Chiropractic Offices. Scharenberg will remain there for now, but its space is something that Lindsey Medical Supply likely will expand into one day.

Troy Farha of NAI Martens and Craig Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

Lindsey Medical Supply will have a soft opening on Monday.