Fort Scott, Kan. - Mercy Clinic physicians will donate over $2800 to local school district activity accounts through funds generated by their annual sports physical clinic program.
Each year, physicians and nursing staff at Mercy Clinic Fort Scott host sports physical clinics for area middle school and high school students at the low cost of $10 each. In 2013, the clinic staff examined 289 students from Fort Scott and neighboring school districts.
“The clinic staff saw an increase in the number of students taking advantage of the $10 physicals this school year,” said Michelle Bruner, Mercy Clinic Director. “That’s good news because it allows the clinic to offer more financial support to our area school districts.”
When the student signs in for the physical, the student’s school is tracked. The $10 fee for the physical is donated directly back to the student’s school district activity fund to help with equipment or supply purchases.
School districts receiving donations from the 2013 sports physical clinics are Fort Scott High School, Fort Scott Middle School, Fort Scott Little League, Christian Heights, Christian Learning Center – Fort Scott, Girard Middle School, Truman Middle School, Pittsburg Middle School, Pittsburg High School, Nevada, St. Mary’s Colgan and Uniontown.
“The Kansas State High School Activities Association requires students who plan to participate in extracurricular activities to have a current physical on file,” Bruner explained. “The physicals ensure that the student is healthy to participate.”
“The students receive a thorough physical exam to be sure there are no signs of heart disease or other health-related issues that would cause problems playing sports and being physically active, Bruner added. “With nine providers and a dozen nursing and registration staff, we are able to maximize efficiency and keep the students flowing through the clinics.”
Providers who donated services for this program include: P.K. Gugnani, M.D; John Fox, M.D.; Randy Nichols, M.D.; David Parris, M.D.; Amy Sachau, M.D.; Terry Schwab, M.D.; Maxwell Self, M.D.; and nurse practitioners Greg King and Lynieta Leisure.