Care Beyond the Boulevard was conceived by Jaynell (KayKay) Assmann after she noted the number of homeless people coming into the hospital where she worked as a nurse. As soon as she became certified as a Nurse Practitioner, her first goal was to establish an outreach to the urban poor and especially the homeless. She worked as a volunteer at the Micah Ministry food kitchen and in 2016 while working at Family Health Care, KayKay developed Care Beyond the Boulevard. We see 10-25 people each session (most Monday evenings) and provide care for urgent and chronic health needs. In addition we go on the streets into homeless encampments, providing healthcare directly to the homeless one other night per week, seeing between 7-15 patients. Additional services are provided as necessary through Family Health Care’s Southwest Boulevard clinic.
A short history.
Meet our team
Jaynell KK Assmann
KK has been an RN for over 25 years and became a Family Nurse Practitioner after over 20 years as a bedside nurse. Her desire for patient care and making sure all patients are treated equally carry over to all areas of her practice. She feels that everyone deserves the same quality of health care regardless of their ability to pay. She feels this care should be delivered with care, love and compassion without judging or questions regarding what leads a person to their current situation. So many are a paycheck away from the streets, “ours is not to judge.” Words she frequently says.
Brandon Pomeroy, MD had always had a heart for the poor and marginalized. He’s participated in medical missions to Mali, Uganda, and India and has worked at other free clinics in the Kansas City area. He’s excited about the good work that is being done at CBB and sees real change occurring on a weekly basis.
Jason ``Jake`` Himmel
Jason “Jake” Himmel, MD has been a practicing Interventional Radiologist in the Kansas City area for over 8 years, and has known Jaynell for that long. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve his community through participation with CBB. He loves the outdoors and spending time with his family.
Paige Johnson is a Certified Adult and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Her current practice is at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been a nurse for over 20 years and a nurse practitioner for over 15 years. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Kansas, Masters in Nursing from the University of Texas-Houston and received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice also from the University of Kansas. In addition, she has a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University focusing on
International Maternal/Child Health. She has worked with several programs locally and internationally for the medically underserved, and for education and training for nurses and caregivers.