(March 11, 2020 – Sidney, OH) -- There’s a need in Sidney City Schools that is being addressed, according to school superintendent, Bob Humble.
“In order for kids to achieve and succeed, they’ve got to be in school,” says Humble. “And one of the biggest barriers is not having quick access to medical care. Students are missing out on valuable learning time because of it and we want to change that.”
The new Wilson Health Clinic at Sidney City Schools is beginning to directly address this need with the opening of a new health clinic located in the Board of Education building. The clinic opened March 2 and provides preferred access for school employees, students, and their families, and is also open to the public for primary care services. A full range of age appropriate health care services are offered in the clinic.
Sidney City Schools was awarded a $7,500 grant by The Monarch Machine Tool Company Legacy Fund and funding support of $10,000 from The Sidney-Shelby County United Way to help open the school-based health care clinic. It will serve students district-wide, in addition to staff, year-round.
The new clinic operates out of a renovated space in the lower level of the Sidney City Schools Board of Education building located at 750 S. Fourth Street in Sidney.
“We are extremely excited to lead the charge in charting a new course in school based medical care, wellness, prevention, and condition management,” says Wilson Health President and CEO Mark
Klosterman. “This will be a benefit which will serve a great need in the health and well-being of
City of Sidney School District employees, their dependents, and our community.”
The clinic’s strategic location on campus—in close proximity to one primary school, and the middle and high schools—offers greater healthcare access to about 75 percent of the district’s student population.
“When families have a sick student, we’re going to be able to say, “Hey, we can probably get them over to see a doctor in the next 15 minutes,” Humble says. “I think it’s going to be such a tremendous thing to be able to get our kids cared for quickly.”
The clinic, located in the lower level of the Board of Education building separate from the main offices, offers ample parking, an easy entrance, and an elevator. Clinic staff will be able to assist families with insurance information, as well as a new plan that’s available to district staff and their dependents.
The planning process took about 12–14 months and was a collaborative effort between several individuals and organizations: Wilson Health, Humble of Sidney City Schools, Scott Barr of Shelby County United Way, Marian Spicer with The Community Foundation of Shelby County, and more.
Michael “Mick” Beyer, M.D., of the Wilson Health Medical Group, has transitioned his practice to become the new physician for the clinic.
“Wilson has a mission to serve the need of the community and I thought this would be a great way to do it,” Beyer says. “I told many of my patients what I was going to be doing and they said it’s a great idea. They thought it was an unmet need.”
Dr. Beyer and Wilson Health Medical Group will operate the health clinic. School nurses remain in the schools and will work closely with the health clinic medical team, referring students for urgent needs.
In addition to Wilson Health’s Urgent Care that recently opened, the Wilson Health Clinic at Sidney City Schools is now another option for the community—especially students—to access quality health care when they need it.
“We want to help our students have what they need to be successful in life,” said Humble. “But schools can’t do it alone. We have to have these type of partnerships within the community.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (937) 419-8020.