• St. Louis Business Journal by Samantha Liss, Reporter

    Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 6:00am CDT

    Mercy opens medical clinic at Roosevelt High School

    The Boeing Co. provided a $1 million grant to help run a school-based medical clinic at Roosevelt High School in St. Louis, making access to healthcare easier for students.

    The Mercy Clinic at Roosevelt opened on Aug. 13, and it allows students to schedule appointments without missing school.

    “We are viewing school-based health clinics as one extension of primary care,” said Dr. Robert Bergamini, medical director for the Center of Innovative Care at Mercy. “We’re seeing students without regard for their ability to pay.”

    The clinic with be open during school hours, five days a week, for Roosevelt staff, students and the students’ children who participate in the school’s Parent-Infant Interaction Program.

    Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools and The Boeing Co. created a partnership to pilot the program.

    Family Nurse Practitioner Kathy Woods, in collaboration with Sarah Cole, a Mercy Clinic family medicine physician, will treat students at the clinic. The program came about when Mercy was contacted by the Community Alliance to Reinvigorate Education team at Roosevelt.

    Currently, about 2,000 school-based clinics exist nationwide, Bergamini said.

    Led by CEO Lynn Britton, St. Louis-based Mercy is the sixth-largest Catholic health care system nationwide with nearly $4 billion in annual revenue. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, nearly 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 employees and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.