Mercy Health – Cincinnati Announces Opening of Fourth School-Based Health Center; Community Open House Takes Place Friday, December 2

Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that it has opened its fourth school-based health center. The new center, located at Sayler Park School, joins Mercy Health’s school-based health centers located at Mt. Washington School, Silverton Paideia Academy and Pleasant Hill Academy.

The Mercy Health school-based health centers treat students and staff and, in the case of Sayler Park, the community as well. The health clinic at Sayler Park School has two full exam rooms and employs a full time nurse practitioner and medical assistant. It will be open year round to serve residents of all ages by appointment and on a walk-in basis. Schedule an appointment by calling 513-363-5170.

The Sayler Park School health center will celebrate its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community open house at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2. Guests can tour the center, enjoy refreshments and face painting, meet the nurse practitioner and learn about available services.

The Community Learning Center Institute, a nonprofit organization, partnered with Mercy Health to create the school-based health centers. The health centers are part of the nationally-recognized community learning center model which make schools the centers of their communities. Under this model, the schools become hubs of educational, recreational, cultural, health and civic partnerships, which optimize the conditions for learning and catalyze the revitalization of communities.

The health centers receive funding from Interact for Health, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Mercy Health - Cincinnati’s parent company Mercy Health and they benefit the communities they serve, in line with Mercy Health’s mission to improve community health.

The nurse practitioners at Mercy Health’s three established health centers see hundreds of students and staff members each school year, treating, most commonly, asthma, migraines, stomach aches and upper respiratory issues on the spot. The health clinic at Sayler Park School will be open year round and serve the community.

"We know that children who don't feel well, don't learn well. Mercy Health’s school-based health centers help minimize the impact of illness so that students can focus on learning," said Superintendent Mary Ronan, Cincinnati Public Schools.

"Many families have difficulty accessing the healthcare they need and school-based health centers bridge the gap, connecting students and families directly to fundamental health services," said Dr. Marilyn Crumpton, Interim Commissioner, Cincinnati Health Department.

"The City of Cincinnati is proud to continue its strong commitment to these game-changing school-based health centers, like the new Mercy Health health center at the Sayler Park community learning center," said Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, who chairs City Hall's Education Committee. "Integrating primary health care delivery into our schools positions students to succeed now and into the future while also serving the whole neighborhood."

“As a mission-based organization, Mercy Health shares its resources to help keep children and the teachers and staff who care for them well,” said Cari Ogg, MD, Medical Director, Mercy Health Physicians - Cincinnati. “We’ve located the centers right in the schools to make healthcare easy for everyone at those schools. Our aim is to help keep kids healthy because healthy kids stay in school and do better in their studies.”

Family Nurse Practitioner Rachel Doll is on site full time at the health center at Sayler Park School, an elementary school located at 6700 Home City Ave.

Family Nurse Practitioner Natalie Cain is on site full time at the health center at Pleasant Hill Academy, an elementary school located at 1350 West North Bend Road.

Family Nurse Practitioner Tracy Martin is currently on site three days each week at Silverton Paideia Academy, an elementary school located at 7451 Montgomery Road. She will be there full time starting in January 2017.

Family Nurse Practitioners Laura Huss and Tina Orick are located at Mt. Washington School, an elementary school located at 1730 Mears Ave., two and three days each week, respectively, ensuring daily coverage.

The Family Nurse Practitioners can see both adults and children. They are available to provide medical care and referrals for dental care and other healthcare provider resources to students, teachers and staff. Mercy Health - Cincinnati partners with the Cincinnati Health Department to provide vaccinations on the days the family nurse practitioners offer physicals.