HILLSBORO, Mo. – Jefferson College and Mercy will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for the new Mercy on Campus Health Clinic at Jefferson College on Wednesday, November 12, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on the Hillsboro campus.
The clinic is in the Jefferson College Viking Woods housing complex at 802 Mel Carnahan Drive, apartment 215.
After brief remarks from representatives of Mercy and Jefferson College at 2 p.m., the ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce will be followed by tours of the clinic, giveaways, and refreshments.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Dr. Tassy Hayden, a family medicine specialist, is initially staffing the clinic, Monday through Friday, prior to transitioning her practice to an off campus site in Hillsboro in December.
In addition to the clinic’s on-site operating schedule, the Mercy on Campus facility 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.
The on-campus medical clinic provides convenience for the staff and students, and it has potential to reduce medical costs and the college’s insurance claims. 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. A survey conducted with college employees and students netted nearly 400 responses, which were overwhelmingly in support of the clinic.