In July of 1985 Guadalupe Health Station opened at 940 S. St. Francis through the generosity of grants received from the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. During that same year, cardio-thoracic surgeon Daniel Tatpati contacted his pastor, Thomas McGread, hoping to form a clinic for the underserved. It was suggested that he and his wife Olga, also a physician, visit with the team at Guadalupe Health Station. In July of 1986 Drs. Daniel and Olga Tatpati joined the volunteer nursing team and in 1987 Guadalupe Health Station became Guadalupe Clinic.
From the beginning, Guadalupe Clinic has operated under the premise that health care professionals would follow their stewardship calling and volunteer their time and talents thus keeping costs down. It still operates under that model today, thirty-three years later.
Since 2005, strategic partnerships have been established with the University of Kansas (KU) School of Medicine JayDocs (medical students), the KU School of Pharmacy students and faculty, Wichita State University’s (WSU) College of Health Professions, the WSU College of Classical Languages, and Via Christi Health Systems’ Osteopathy Medicine Unit (This medical residency program hosts Doctor of Osteopathy students each year). By helping to train physicians and other medical professionals, Guadalupe Clinic demonstrates a model of volunteerism while fulfilling our mission of providing health care for those in need.
In 2012, our South Hillside clinic opened, and in 2014 Guadalupe opened a branch in downtown Wichita. Currently, the Clinic operates six days a week from three clinic sites. In addition we minister to the poor and underserved with outreach and screening programs. Guadalupe has more than 300 medical volunteers who annually donate more than 7,000 hours of their time and talents. In the calendar year ending December 31, 2018, clinic staff and medical volunteers provided more than 8,200 patient visits for 2,260 unique individuals.
Guadalupe Clinic is a 501(c)(3), private health clinic that serves adults 18 – 84 who fall within 250% of the federal poverty guidelines and do not have insurance of any kind. Guadalupe Clinic does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. We do not receive federal funding, nor is financial support received from the Catholic Diocese of Wichita or the United Way.