District 15 clinic moves to St. Francis

Although the St. Francis School District 15 employee medical clinic could not get city approval to move to the high school, it is still coming to St. Francis.

The district has partnered with the St. Francis Physical Therapy Consultants and will be moving into the firm’s Wellness Center in the St. Francis Mall.

The clinic is expected to be open to patients May 21.

The clinic space, which is located across the street from St. Francis High School, will be approximately 1,000 by 1,200 square feet, have three exam rooms, a lab area and a waiting room.

The district will be paying $6,000 per year for the space.

The partnership agreement also includes a new discounted hourly rate for the consulting services that the St. Francis Physical Therapy Consultants is already providing the high school athletic program.

The cost is well within the scope of the health insurance cost savings the clinic is expected to generate, said Superintendent Ed Saxton.

While Boardmember Amy Kelly said she was disappointed when the St. Francis City Council denied the district request to have the clinic in the high school, “this seems like it will be a better fit,” she said.

It will be a great partnership with St. Francis Physical Therapy Consultants, Kelly said.

“It is a win-win for all of us,” said Boardmember David Anderson.

The partnership also includes the possibility of future services for workers compensation, post-accident assessment, wellness activities and ergonomic assessment.

Partnering with the district on this clinic was a no-brainer, said Mark Netzinger, founder of Physical Therapy Consultants, parent company of St. Francis Therapy Consultants.

This partnership will bring in a much higher level of wellness services to the area and could potentially lead to his firm working with the district on additional wellness programs, Netzinger said.

“Some of (the partnerships) will be engaged on an as-needed, when-needed basis. The partnership with our wellness committee will occur during the next school year when staff are back from the summer break,” David Lindberg, district human resources director.

Currently, the district employee clinic is located at Sandhill Center for the Arts in Bethel and is operated by NeoPath, which will continue to run it when it moves.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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