Health Ministries meeting the merger challenge

Registered nurse Vanessa Sanchez, right, talks to Dr. Angel Teck on Monday afternoon at Health Ministries in Newton. Wendy Nugent/Newton Now
By Wendy Nugent, Newton Now Before Health Ministries Clinic in Newton acquired the local Via Christi practice, it served about 4,500 patients. Now, they cover about 18,000 lives, said Matt Schmidt, chief executive officer. Although all of those patients probably won’t have appointments this year, Schmidt said they’re anticipating 45,000 visits. Via Christi was out of the building at 720 Medical Center Drive at 5


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