Mercy Clinic Fort Scott physicians will donate $2700 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 2014, the clinic staff examined 270 students from Fort Scott and neighboring school districts.
“The clinic staff considers it a privilege to offer this service to students,” said Michelle Bruner, Mercy Clinic Director. “By volunteering our time, we are able to pass the benefit right on to the schools in our service area.”
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.
“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 seven 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: Katrina Burke, M.D.; John Fox, M.D.; P.K. Gugnani, M.D; David Parris, M.D.; Amy Sachau, M.D.; Maxwell Self, M.D.; and nurse practitioner Greg King.