Health Clinic to see patients, receives letter from the daughter of St. Gianna

By Heather Welch
The St. Gianna Health Clinic in Kingman will see patients from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Methodist Church, 133 East D Avenue. Proof of income is needed.
The clinic is scheduled to formally open on Feb. 20 in a new facility at St. Patrick Parish.
The mission of the clinic is to provide quality health care and wellness education to those in need and to promote and protect the God-given dignity of every person from conception to natural death. It offers free or reduced cost health care to citizens of Kingman County and beyond who are uninsured and at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Basic health care is provided to those who qualify including: treatment of acute or chronic conditions, follow-up care from emergency room visits, health education to prevent disease, instructive care for chronic conditions and referrals to specialists.
About the clinic
The clinic is named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla, who was canonized in 2004 as “Mother of a Family.”
In September 1961, during the early stages of a pregnancy, Gianna developed a fibroma in her uterus. Before the required surgery was performed, she pleaded with the surgeon to save the life of the child she was carrying. On Good Friday, April 20, 1962, Gianna went to the hospital to deliver the baby.
“If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child—I insist on it. Save the baby,” she insisted.
On the morning of April 21 a baby girl, Gianna Emanuela, was born. She is a doctor today in Italy.
St. Gianna died seven days later of septic peritonitis at the age of 39.
Clinic director, Melissa Riopel received an e-mail from St. Gianna’s daughter on October 26 in response to an invitation to come to the clinic’s grand opening. Riopel said she can’t get over the fact that Gianna Emanuela speaks so confidently of her mother, who is a declared saint.
“Every time I think about it, I get chills! She said she will be praying to her saint mother for us,” she said.

St. Gianna’s daughter writes note to clinic
Here is what the daughter of St. Giana wrote to the clinic:
Thank you very much for your devotion to my Saint Mother Gianna and for your invitation to the grand opening of the St. Gianna Health Clinic. I will pray to my Saint Mother for your work.
Many greetings,
Gianna Emanuela Molla


Want to help the new clinic in Kingman?
Volunteers can be any health professionals licensed in the State of Kansas. They are protected by the state under the Charitable Health Care Provider program from any liability.
To donate send checks to the St. Gianna Health Clinic c/o St. Patrick Parish. Donations are tax deductible.
For more information visit their website at www.stgiannahealthclinic.org or email them at melissa@stgiannahealthclinic.org or call them at (620) 491-0085.