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School may partner with JET health care facility


September 26, 2012
Members of the Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees were on hand before their regular meeting on Sept. 18 to tour the Jasper Engines and Transmissions on-site health care facility.

The corporation is considering a partnership with the facility, known as Crawford County Family Medicine, to provide a local health care option for educators and staff members.

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Kelly Clauss, director of business development for Memorial Hospital and Health Care Centers, explains the logistics of creating a partnership between Crawford County Family Medicine and the Crawford County Community School Corp. Photo by Leslie Radcliff
The JET/CCFM health care facility is partnered with Memorial Hospital and Health Care Centers in Jasper. It provides low-cost health care to not only the JET employees, but the entire community.

Memorial Hospital favors a flexible approach to employer/facility relationships.

"What works for other partners may not work for the school corporation," Kelly Clauss, director of business development for Memorial Hospital, said. "We are unique in that we are able to remain flexible and provide you the services you really need."

Dr. Mark Eastridge, superintendent of the school corporation, believes that, by creating a partnership with JET/CCFM and utilizing the early office hours provided by the facility, the corporation may be able to cut down on the number of staff absences due to illness as well as the number of staff who come to work when they aren't feeling well.

"We are hoping to make this as affordable as possible for our employees," Eastridge said. "This, I think, could be a very, very small amount per visit for our folks."

Equipped with two exam rooms, the JET/CCFM facility is a full-service medical site that offers a myriad of wellness and screening tests, health risk assessments and coaching, acute care, primary care, chronic disease management, fitness, nutrition, rehabilitation services, mental health professionals and pharmacy "mini" dispensary.

The facility also provides a nurse, nurse practitioner and an internist and can provide services from treatment for a scraped knee to annual women's exams.

"Right now, our wait time is around two minutes," Joseph LaHue, director of medical practice management with Memorial Hospital, said. "We don't want to keep people waiting for hours; we get them in here quickly."

Staff are also able to provide referrals and recommendations to other facilities if there is an issue that they are not equipped to handle.

"We want you to come back to us, and we're willing to work with people to make sure that we can get them the care they need," LaHue said.

By partnering with a local on-site health care facility, the school corporation hopes to alleviate some of the stress that its staff is under when it comes to making doctors appointments and taking care of medical issues.

"If you have an appointment, it's generally a half day or a full day off work because you have to go either (east or west)," Clauss said. "This makes things much more convenient."

Located at the northeast corner of the JET facility, the CCFM office is open Monday from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

For more information about health care services, call 1-855-315-4944.

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