Hillsboro, MO - As part of an ongoing commitment to health care and public well-being initiatives, Jefferson College and Mercy recently opened the new Mercy on Campus Health Clinic at Jefferson College.
Mercy on Campus is the area’s first community college health clinic and fits with Jefferson College’s emphasis on health occupations training programs and wellness initiatives. The clinic is open to community members, students, and college employees/dependents for sick visits, personal wellness, chronic disease management, vaccinations, stress management, and other health programs.
“As an institution of higher learning, we have an obligation to promote a culture of wellness on campus and in our community,” said College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey. “This innovative approach to providing services on a community college campus is a big win for our students, employees and community residents. Patients can have the peace of mind knowing that high-quality care is readily available for managing a chronic condition as well as addressing sudden illnesses or perhaps unexpected injuries. We look forward to a long and productive partnership with Mercy as we cooperatively care for our campus and community.”
Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City sees the new clinic as an expansion of the relationship the college and hospital have created through the past six decades.
“Jefferson College has been a tremendous partner with the hospital through the years, providing scores of highly-skilled caregivers and ancillary staff as well. Many of our co-workers are Jefferson College alumni,” said Mercy Jefferson President Eric Ammons. “The on-campus clinic allows Mercy Jefferson to continue to grow our mission to improve access to health care in our community and help everyone live healthier lives.”
The Mercy on Campus Health Clinic at Jefferson College is located in the Viking Woods housing complex on the Hillsboro campus at 802 Mel Carnahan Drive, Apartment 215.
Dr. Tassy Hayden, a family medicine specialist, will initially staff the clinic, Monday through Friday, during the following hours through some time this December:
Monday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-noon
In addition to the on-site operating schedule, the health clinic has 24-hour phone access at (636) 543-2290 for appointment scheduling and information.
Dr. Hayden specializes in family medicine and is making her return to the St. Louis area after practicing in Worcester, Mass. In addition to students and staff, she will accept new patients from Jefferson County and the surrounding region. A 2011 graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine, she will transition her new practice to an off-campus location in December as the clinic moves to a two-days-per-week schedule staffed by Nurse Practitioner Julie Epple.
Epple brings more than 12 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner. She earned her associate’s degree in Nursing from Jefferson College and continued her education through the Barnes College of Nursing at University of Missouri-St. Louis. She specializes in caring for patients of all ages, with an emphasis on the treatment of skin disorders, elevated cholesterol, hypertension, depression, diabetes, allergies, and asthma.
Having an on-campus medical clinic benefits the college by providing a convenient source of medical treatment and reducing employee and student downtime due to the immediate availability. It also has the potential to reduce medical costs and the college’s insurance claims by offering an affordable alternative to hospital emergency rooms and acute care centers.
The concept of an on-site clinic was vetted with Jefferson College students and staff through two open forums where officials of Mercy Clinic answered questions and explained how the clinic would function. In addition, a survey was conducted involving the college’s employees and students where almost 400 responses, which were overwhelmingly in support of the clinic, were received.