(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph School District and Mosaic Life Care have partnered together to bring students a new medical service option.
The Community Care Clinic opened at Carden Park Elementary in October, but had a soft opening on Friday to introduce the clinic to the community.
"We're able to offer wellness and preventative services, but are also able to offer responsive services for kids that may really have a significant illness or needs to be seen immediately by a health care professional," Lacey Adams, Carden Park principal, said.
The clinic provides a nurse practitioner, LPN and patient care tech who work alongside the school nurse.
"It really helps us when we have a sick kid and parents don't really have a primary care provider. It helps get them right in with the nurse practitioner, and they're so good about helping establish a primary care provider for that family. And also, just to help keep our kids in school," Tammy Smith-Hinchey, Carden Park school nurse, said.
The district hopes having the clinic on-site and readily available for students and families will help students keep better attendance at school.
"We hope to have every kid immunized, every kid in their seat by that first day of school in August. We think this clinic will help get our kids cared for, provided for," Maria Burnham, SJSD coordinator for health services, said.
Health officials said the partnership will also provide another option for families who don't have a means of transportation, a primary care provider or insurance.
"They [parents] don't have transportation sometimes so they walk here to get [their kid] and they walk home, and having us here where we can actually get everything done and collaborate with the school nurses and the school has been just amazing," Jayna Monical, nurse practitioner at Mosaic, said.
The clinic is open Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
The clinic accepts Medicaid, insurance and Mosaic Life Care financial assistance. Anyone who would like to get their child into the clinic will need to make an appointment first by calling 816-271-8850.