Lenexa nonprofit Heart to Heart International assists drive-thru COVID-19 testing operations in KCK

Kim Carroll (left), chief executive officer of Heart to Heart International, discusses the mobile medical unit with Dr. Sharon Lee, of Sharon Lee Family Health Care. Photo courtesy Heart to Heart International.

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COVID-19 drive-thru testing for patients with approved prescriptions from their doctor is now available at a family health clinic in Kansas City, Kansas. Heart to Heart International has deployed its mobile medical unit and volunteer healthcare providers to assist Sharon Lee Family Health Care with COVID-19 testing operations.

Sharon Lee Family Health Care is a nonprofit federally qualified community health center serving people in Wyandotte County.

COVID-19 drive-thru testing operations for patients with approved prescriptions is at Sharon Lee Family Health Care in Kansas City, Kansas.

Individuals being tested for COVID-19 must remain in their vehicles while testing is underway.

Amy Lafferty, communications coordinator for the Lenexa nonprofit, said the mobile medical unit provides a space for healthcare workers to process tests while keeping COVID-19 testing away from other clinic operations.

“The people are still staying in their cars when they’re getting tested, but the workers can then take the samples and come into the medical unit and… not have to go inside the clinic,” Lafferty said. “We’re just trying to keep as much distancing from the regular clinic.”

The mobile medical unit has been on site since Sunday and will remain “as long as we are needed.”

Heart to Heart International’s mobile medical unit allows healthcare workers and volunteers a place to conduct COVID-19 testing away from regular operations of the Sharon Lee clinic.

At this time, Heart to Heart has no plans to deploy a mobile medical unit in Johnson County. However, the nonprofit has other projects going on.

Heart to Heart delivered about 10,000 hygiene kits as well as personal protective equipment in the Kansas City area, including several at Lenexa Baptist Church, the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection’s food pantry, and the Olathe Fire Department.

Heart to Heart International is also asking community members to check their homes for N95 and other medical masks. Masks can be delivered to an outside drop off site at Heart to Heart International headquarters, 11550 Renner Blvd., Lenexa. Heart to Heart will deliver donated supplies to local hospitals.

“We know everybody in this area wants to help so much, and we are trying to find as many ways as possible to get out into our community and help people and especially the organizations that have lower resources as it is,” Lafferty said. “Our mission is to get out there and help in whatever way possible, especially during this unprecedented crisis. We’re all just like, let’s do whatever we can.”

Donations can be made at hearttoheart.org or by texting HHICV to 41444