PITTSBURG — Via Christi and Mercy health systems came together to officially open their joint clinic Thursday.

The two hospitals hosted a ribbon cutting at the temporary location for the Via Christi Mercy Clinic, which will focus on family medicine and convenient care. The temporary location is located just south of Via Christi Hospital at 2711 S. Rouse, Suite E.

The clinic will house two physicians and nursing staff. Dr. Kent Coltharp, DO, will oversee convenient care, while Dr. F. Ron Seglie — who has been housed in the temporary location office for 17 years — will take care of family medicine needs.

“In this clinic I can spend more time with my patients, and I’m enjoying every minute of it,” Seglie said.

Coltharp will oversee convenient care services, which will offer walk-in medical care to area residents. Coltharp said it is perfect for minor sprains, sore throats, colds and other mild problems that don’t require emergency room attention.

“Convenient care is a great choice when you can’t get in to see your regular doctor,” Coltharp said in a release. “You can walk in without an appointment and see a healthcare professional for treatment of minor injuries and conditions such as coughs, flu, sore throats, earaches and much more.”

The collaborative clinic will be housed in Dr. Seglie’s former office until construction is completed on a 13,600-square-foot building on the Via Christi Hospital campus. It will accommodate 6 to 10 providers with 30 exam rooms, physician offices, X-ray services, a lab and a dedicated nursing work area. Estimated construction cost is $2.6 million. The building is expected to open in fall 2017.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.