Mercy Health opens school-based health center

SAYLER PARK, Ohio (WKRC) – People on Cincinnati’s West Side have a new place to go for health care needs.

A new health center based out of Sayler Park School had its grand opening Wednesday, November 30. Having a health center right at the school will no doubt be beneficial for students and staff. City leaders say it will also mean a great deal to residents in the community.

“Sayler Park has not had a health care center for over ten years,” said Jackie Litchfield Apted, President of the Sayler Park Village Council.

They join three other schools; Silverton Paideia Academy, Mt. Washington School, and Pleasant Hill Academy, that also have Mercy Health Centers.

Principal Jamie Sowders said, “By having a school-based health center we can get them access to quality healthcare much more quickly and then hopefully get them back in class, they miss less instruction and in the end it will hopefully increase student achievement.”

The location actually opened November 14, and has already been seeing patients.

Rachael Doll, a family Nurse Practitioner, said, “We’ve been swabbing a lot of kids for strep and if they’re positive then I can send a prescription off to the pharmacy, call the parent, have them come pick the child up, go to the pharmacy and already be at home. There’s no extra time needed at all.”

The school has about 350 students from pre-K through 8th grade. Since the health center opened they’ve seen about 4 to 7 patients a day. Mostly staff and students who have their parent’s consent.

Anyone can come during the open business hours and bring their insurance card and photo ID, just like they would go to any other physician’s office.

The Sayler Park Health Center is open year round, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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