Healthcare for some La Crosse students will be just steps from their classroom this next school year.
Gundersen Health System is teaming up with Hamilton Elementary and SOTA 1 to offer a weekly pediatric clinic in the school.
Every Thursday morning when class is in session, a physician or pediatric nurse practitioner will be at the school offering immunizations, sick care, strep tests, and preventative care.
The pilot program will be available for all students in that building.
School administrators hope it will be an added convenience for parents, especially for those juggling parenting and multiple jobs. "At the end of the day it's a good thing for our families, it's a great thing for our kids, the healthier our kids are the better they're going to do in school, the more they're going to be here," said principal Steve Michaels.
It will not be a free clinic.
Students with insurance that covers visits to Gundersen will be able to get care. Also, kids who qualify for the state's "Vaccine for Kids" program will be able to be immunized.
Gundersen Health System hopes the partnership will fill a great need. "They're in our backyard and it is a community that has some socioeconomic need, we thought it would be best to partner with that school to really make that our starting point and it has just taken off," said Kris Edwards from Gundersen.
The clinic will open on the first day of school which is July 18th as the school starts its year-round calendar.
Staff will be there from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.