Quick Med puts urgent care clinics in local schools
In an effort to help keep our kids healthy and in the classroom, Quick Med Urgent Care is working with four local school systems to help provide health clinics.
"Right now it's convenient. Walk down the hall and you're taken care of," says Crestview school superintendent, Matthew Manley.
Starting Monday, any student will be able to have any aches or pains treated in a mini doctor's office which was once a classroom inside Crestview Elementary school.
"We don't have a physician within the 38 miles of our school district. Some kids are uninsured. What do they do? Some parents are temporarily out of work. You still need medical care," added Manley.
Ohio is looking to create more clinics like this in schools all over the state and they've provided grant money to fund them.
The CEO of Quick Med, based in Trumbull county, says they've had these clinics in 4 Youngstown city schools for the past year.
"The deal we made with schools is, hey, you build out the clinic and give us the initial supplies and equipment and we will bill insurance. If children don't have insurance, we see them for free. We do free school physicals and we are accessible for the staff," said Lena Esmail, CEO of Quick Med.
The school clinics have a nurse practitioner, physician or physician's assistant available to provide treatment and or prescribe medicines.
"We see a lot of sore throats, fevers, respiratory infections. We do laceration repairs," added Esmail.
Quick Med says they hope to open similar clinics in more valley schools in the near future.
It's a way to make sure all children have access to health care, even if their families can't afford it.