Monday, October 21, 2013
Tonight, the Wichita Schools Board of Education members approved a plan for GraceMed to add a small medical clinic at Jardine Technology Magnet Middle School.
GraceMed currently operates school-based clinics at Gordon Parks Academy, Dodge Literacy Magnet Elementary School, Cloud Elementary School, and Gardiner Elementary School, which opened on Oct. 8.
"These are also areas where there are very few dental or medical offices. It just makes sense, as the schools being the hub of community activity, for us to put clinics at the same locations," said Dave Sanford, chief executive officer of GraceMed.
The principal at Gardiner Elementary School said that over 90-percent of her students are on free or reduced federal lunch.
"Real important to our community," said William Thanscheidt, parent. "Some of us don't make a whole lot of money and it helps us be able to make sure our kids are taken care of."
In the next two years, Sanford expects to add clinics at Jardine Middle School, South High School, West High School, and Oaklawn Elementary in Derby.
Each clinic costs $850,000 to build, $500,000 in federal grants and $350,000 in private donations. Dodge, Cloud, and Gardiner each received those grants.
The GraceMed clinic at Jardine is expected to break ground in early 2014 and expected to be completed by Fall 2014.