Spencer Health and Wellness, Vernonia’s School-Based Health Center, will host an open house for the public 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the new Vernonia Schools building. The clinic space will be open for view. Student guides and staff will be on hand to answer questions and conduct tours. Area dignitaries have been invited to the opening ceremony event at 1 p.m. in the Commons.
Sherrie Ford, program manager for the Public Health Foundation’s School-Based Health Centers, said that since the January “soft” opening of the Spencer Health and Wellness (SHaW) the staff has been overwhelmed with student patients. “We’ve seen everything from sports physicals to immunizations, to sore throats and follow-up on chronic conditions such as asthma,” said Ford.
The clinic funding allows it to be open Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Funds come from the Oregon Health Authority through the Public Health Foundation. Tara Roberts is the Family Nurse Practitioner on staff with support from medical assistants Monica Rea and Laura Meyer.
Ford said that the clinic will bill insurance, and insured patients can request SHaW to be their primary care provider. No students will be turned away because of an inability to pay.
“We hope the community will take this opportunity to visit the center, meet the staff and get answers to any questions they have,” said Ford. She added that anyone with interest in serving on the clinic oversight committee can contact her at 503-397-4651, ext 2021.