Yoder said the start date will be close to the end of March to see their first patient. Yoder said they’re having weekly meetings with D118’s Director of Buildings and Grounds Skip Truex. He said they are actively recruiting for a medical assistant and a provider to be at that location. They have an interview next week with a nurse practitioner.
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The health clinic will be downstairs at DHS near the cafeteria and some art rooms. One big space will be divided into waiting and exam areas. Danville School District 118’s Molly Bailey said demolition work inside the two adjoining classroom spaces has been completed. They’re waiting for environmental testing before construction starts.
Students and staff districtwide will be able to use the clinic for medical, mental health and substance abuse needs. Step Up members discussed addressing aggressive students through the clinic, and also transportation issues, such as using a D118 newly purchased van and telehealth to see patients remotely for students at other school buildings. Breaking ground, so to speak, is taking place in the basement of DHS.
Yoder said he didn’t have a timeline on SIHF’s other health center to locate at the former St. Elizabeth Hospital property on Sager Street to help address mental health and other needs. He said they are working on lease agreements. SIHF officials also addressed a question about if a student doesn’t have insurance. Officials said there would be a sliding fee scale and they’d work with the student’s family.
He said the uptick in COVID cases is not really affecting the project and their expansion of services, with staffing challenges part of their daily lives. “We are very excited to be in the community,” Yoder said.
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