By early next year, staff at Rhinelander schools could be getting some of their health care from a clinic in the school.
The Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic and the school district are discussing how to implement the program. Regional Director Rob Fabich says the school district is looking at ways to cut health care costs and thought having the services on campus would be one way to do that...
"....the concept is an on site primary care medical clinic staffed with a nurse practitioner weekly. We'd like to offer hours that are feasible for the teachers and their families to use. There will be early morning hours and later afternoon hours...."
Fabich says this type of collaboration is starting to gain favor as organizations work more aggressively to control health costs...
"....one of the ways to do that is to contract with a health system, to work with them and have these services on site. They can tie having the clinic on site with the primary care provider along side with wellness initiatives, their on site school nurse is an example..."
Fabich says the service would be centered around sprains, colds and the types of concerns for which you would go to see a Nurse Practioner, including blood draws. Routine women's health will not be done at the school clinic.
Fabich says the clinic will be accessed only through an outside door and will work to ensure patient confidentiality and security. He says it will be run like a free-standing clinic. He thinks negotiations will continue this fall and the clinic could open in January.