On-site clinic opens next week in North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District

District 622 School Board Chair Amy Coborn and Physician Assistant Ue Thao had the honor of cutting the ribbon at the new clinic in the district education building. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Physician Assistant Ue Thao will be staffing the new District 622 clinic, which has two exam rooms. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Jill Yanish
Review staff

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District employees will no longer have to travel to receive routine healthcare services.

District 622 will open its on-site medical clinic through HealthPartners’ Well@Work program on June 17. The clinic is available for use by district employees, retirees over 65 and employee dependents with HealthPartners health insurance.

“We are excited about it,” superintendent Patty Phillips said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our employees to receive health care. Wellness of our staff is very important to us.”

The clinic is designed for the convenience of district employees and should help control healthcare costs.

“Because we are on site, our clinics are accessible,” said Michael McGrail, M.D., HealthPartners vice president and associate medical director of Health Solutions.

The district’s approximately 1,200 employees and their 1,300 dependents will be able to receive medications, wellness counseling, lab services, preventative and acute care services, and treatment of minor medical problems at the clinic.

“It seems to be a really great option for employers to improve employee health throughout the organization,” McGrail said.

Benefits for the district include decreased employee time away from the office, increased compliance with treatment plans, and increased productivity and improved workforce health, all of which result in cost savings for the district.

HealthPartners offered to lower District 622’s insurance premium by 1 percent, or $160,000, if the district built the medical office. Last February the school board approved the plan for the mini clinic, which is located in the District Service Center in North St. Paul.

The district selected the HealthPartners’ physician’s assistant who will staff the clinic and set the office hours.

The clinic will be open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Jill Yanish can be reached at jyanish@lillienews.com or 651-748-7825.

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