Finding convenient access to important primary care services is a struggle for many people. Mercy Health – Springfield recognizes the issue and announces that its newest primary care practice, located on the Clark State Community College campus, will open to the public on May 28.

Mercy Health - Springfield Primary Care at Clark State is located right on campus at 570 East Leffel Lane, Springfield, OH 45505. The practice will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Patients can make appointments by calling 937-523-9280. Walk-ins are also welcome.

As Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, president of Clark State, noted when Mercy Health and Clark State first announced their intent to partner on a medical practice, “Many students and employees have shared their desire to have more robust health services on campus. Through Clark State’s community engagement in the Promise Neighborhood on the south side of Springfield, we also determined that the part of Springfield that we serve is underserved in terms of healthcare services.”

The practice will serve as the primary medical care facility for Clark State students, faculty and the community at large. It will also likely be used for student clinical experiences and internships. 

Leatha Ross, DNP is the nurse practitioner at the practice, which has three exam rooms. The practice will offer a full range of primary care services, prescriptions, immunizations, acute illness care and more. 

“Mercy Health – Springfield Primary Care at Clark State helps bridge the access gap, connecting students, faculty and the community around Clark State with fundamental health services at a location convenient for them," said Lee Syphus, Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Health Physicians - Springfield. 

“We are proud to partner with Clark State Community College in bringing a medical practice to campus,” said Adam Groshans, Interim CEO, Mercy Health - Springfield. “We’re also excited about the opportunity to advance the education of students pursuing careers in healthcare.”

Clark State employs approximately 235 full-time employees with an additional 400 adjunct and/or contract employees. The college serves nearly 9,000 unduplicated students over the course of the year.  

“Clark State’s vision is to positively affect healthcare outcomes in Springfield and on the south side,” said Blondin. “A healthier Springfield equals a healthier workforce and healthier economy.”