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Saint Thomas Health Puts a Walk-In Clinic Inside Maplewood High School

October 12th 2016

Contact: Nick Paranjape, (615) 284-1210, Nick.Paranjape@STH.ORG

In its commitment to expand access to primary care, especially in underserved areas, Saint Thomas Health is putting a walk-in health clinic inside Maplewood High School in East Nashville.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the school this morning as leaders from Saint Thomas Health and Metro Schools joined State Representative Brenda Gilmore, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Metro Councilwoman Nancy VanReece to make the exciting announcement.  

For more than 10 years, Saint Thomas Health, part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, has been a supporter and sponsor of Maplewood High School, a Community Achieves School, through the Academies of Nashville program.  The nearly $500,000 renovation project of creating an on-site health clinic at the school is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017.

The walk-in clinic, which will be open to the public, will be staffed by Saint Thomas Health physicians, nurse practitioners and medical assistants.  The clinic will be 2,935 square feet and will utilize unused space at the school.  The clinic, named Saint Thomas Medical Partners Maplewood, will offer tremendous benefits to the students of Maplewood High School and the surrounding community.  “Saint Thomas Health is proud to make this investment in Maplewood High School and the community it serves,” said Karen Springer, President and CEO of Saint Thomas Health.  “As part of Ascension, we’re committed to increasing access to needed medical services and Saint Thomas Medical Partners at Maplewood will be offering primary care services to the families in this community.  It’s been great working with Metro Nashville Public Schools and the great team here at Maplewood in developing a unique and innovative way to bring care to the people who need it.”

A ceremonial planting of the state tree, a tulip poplar, took place on the back side of the school where the clinic will be located.  State and local dignitaries complimented this partnership and effort in community benefit providing basic primary care for people living in this underserved area.

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