Watertown Unified School District opens on-site clinic

Watertown Daily Times: The Watertown Unified School District held an open house for its on-site clinic on Wednesday at the Educational Service Center.

The 1,200-square-foot medical clinic offers acute care services, preventative care and disease management for school district employees, families and retirees over the age of two on the district’s health insurance plan. The clinic is staffed by Julie Thomas, physicians assistant and Cheryl Rohde, medical assistant. Both worked in emergency rooms before taking jobs with Healthstat at the clinic. Healthstat operates the clinic for the district.

Rohde who does the administrative and clerical tasks at the clinic as well as measuring vitals and administering medications and injections said appointment generally take about 15 minutes and people are in and out quick.

An on-site clinic option offers the potential for the district to generate cost savings through improved wellness and reduced health care costs. The clinic should save the district about $1.3 million over the next three years.

Doug Linse, Director of Business Services said the clinic has been a useful tool for staff.

“The accessibility and efficiency of it and the way people can leave work,” he said.

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