Clark State Community College and Mercy Health will hold an open house in the Mercy Health Primary Care clinic on Wednesday, September 11 from noon to 3 p.m.
The Clark State Board of Trustees voted to approve a contract between Clark State and Mercy Health for the new health clinic on Clark State’s Springfield campus earlier this year. Kapp Construction began construction on the approximately 1,750 square foot facility in February.
“The Board of Trustees wanted to ensure Clark State was planning for future demographics and enrollment changes as well as maximizing facilities,” said Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, president of Clark State. “Many students, employees and community members have shared their desire to have more robust health services on campus. Healthcare is also a local workforce issue Clark State continues to strive to alleviate with quality programs and services.”
The new health clinic serves as the primary medical care facility for Clark State students, faculty, staff and the community at large. It will also likely be used for student clinical experiences and internships.
Mercy Health own and operates the clinic, which is staffed with an on-site nurse practitioner. The nurse practitioner provides services pursuant to a collaboration agreement with a Mercy Health collaborating physician. Mercy Health anticipates that the clinic growth will necessitate the recruitment of additional physicians and services.
The new Mercy Health Primary Care clinic is located on the first floor of the Clark State Applied Science Center, 570 East Leffel Lane, Springfield.
Visitors will be able to meet with the clinic staff, including Leatha Ross, DNP; tour the three exam rooms and learn about the full range of services provided. Light refreshments will be served.