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MICHIGAN: New Health Clinic Opens at High School in Saginaw


Associated Press (12.15.11) - Monday, January 09, 2012

Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw is the latest Michigan school to open a student health center focused on comprehensive primary care and patient education.

The center, opened by Health Delivery Inc., looks like a doctor's office, with exam rooms and a reception area, said Jodi Scorsone, the company's vice president of public relations and facilities. Previously, Arthur Hill students had to visit a mobile medical unit for treatment.

In addition to providing physicals, immunizations, and other care basics, the center offers students information about reproductive health, STDs, and abusive relationships. Brochures are displayed in a rack in the bathroom where students can view them privately, said Angelia Williams, a registered nurse and Health Delivery's project director for school-based health centers. The center has averaged 10 to 15 patients a day since opening in September, she said. Parental permission is required for students needing treatment.

Seventy such centers are currently operating in schools across the state. In 2007, Health Delivery and Saginaw High School opened a clinic.


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