Beginning on September 2, 2019, Lead Nurse Practitioner Mimi Rivard will transition to seeing patients at the King-Lincoln Medical Center. Rivard has been a medical provider at Equitas Health since 2013, offering leadership in both trans health and HIV care at the Short North Medical Center, and is excited about the transition to the King-Lincoln location, which opened in 2017.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to move to King-Lincoln,” Rivard said, noting that in her early days with the agency she partnered with Greater Columbus Empowerment Center and other King-Lincoln community members to increase awareness of and access to pre exposure prophylaxis, also known as PrEP. “I feel at home in this community,” Rivard said. “My Columbus roots are here, and for many reasons, the connections are personal.”
Recent renovations at the King-Lincoln Medical Center have more than doubled the number of exam rooms and created space for providers, clinical staff, and care team to work collaboratively, aligning with Equitas Health’s organizational goals of providing team-based care.
“Jessica Sherman is a top notch practitioner,” Rivard said of King-Lincoln’s most senior provider. “She offers compassionate and insightful care to each patient and has brought incredible leadership to the King-Lincoln medical team from the beginning. I am looking forward to working with Jess to build our staff and bring on new providers in the expanded facility,” Rivard said.
Equitas Health encourages Rivard’s patients to follow her to King-Lincoln. “This change will expand access to all of the services my current patients receive, in a community that needs more access to care.” Rivard continues to take new patients as well.
The King-Lincoln location—750 East Long St., Columbus—is located in the heart of a predominantly African American neighborhood where community members are working to maintain the neighborhood’s historic connection to the arts while growing local businesses and developing needed resources and services. The King-Lincoln Medical Center serves those in the immediate community and—being on a bus line and with ample parking—is also accessible to those from other neighborhoods.
The King-Lincoln Medical Center expansion follows the Pharmacy expansion in March of this year, which brought the Pharmacy to the ground floor of the building and added a retail component, including groceries. Additionally, the Local Matters Veggie Van now visits the King-Lincoln Pharmacy year round every Friday from 3PM to 6PM, selling fresh fruits and vegetables, giving free fruit to children, and offering a half-off deal for SNAP users.
“King-Lincoln is such a vibrant community,” Rivard said. “I’m thrilled that Equitas Health is expanding what we can offer in this neighborhood, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
People who wish to become a patient at King-Lincoln Medical Center can call (614) 340-6700 or visit EquitasHealth.com to request and introductory appointment.