WICHITA — Two years after opening, the Mayflower Clinic is getting a home of its own in downtown’s Sutton Place and is expanding its services as a result.
The free medical clinic, which India native and Wichita attorney Abdul Arif and some friends founded to give back to the community, has been open on weekends at Douglas and Rutan where neurosurgeon Eustaquio Abay II has an office.
Abay and his wife, orthodontist Emeline Abay, donated the space. Arif says they’ve been exceedingly generous, but he wanted the clinic to be able to expand what it offers.
“We were looking to move so we can offer more services … on weekdays.”
The clinic saw more than 1,000 people in 2012.
“We had to do what we had to do in the beginning to get started,” Arif says. “The old model was the slapped-together-so-we-can-get-started model.”
The clinic will locate in 1,400 square feet at 209 E. William. Arif says there’s room to expand as well.
“Absolutely. That was the whole idea.”
Physicians will continue to donate their time for medical care on the weekends.
“The reason for our success is we’re open weekends,” Arif says.
He says many people can’t afford to take time off from work during the week.
“We try really hard to focus on the working uninsured.”
The clinic now will be open seven days a week and will offer mental health services during the week.
“We’re starting this big pitch to offer mental health services,” Arif says.
He says there’s a need for Spanish-speaking counselors and for counselors who can help patients who can’t afford the care.
“There’s a massive demand we found.”
Arif says it’s a timely decision with the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
“With these god-awful shootings … there’s such a renewed emphasis on mental health,” he says.
“We chugged along for two years, and now it’s time (to) move on up … and do more bigger and better things because the demand is so huge.”