Million dollar grant funds ‘One-Stop-Shop’ medical clinic in Eas - KMOV.com

Million dollar grant funds ‘One-Stop-Shop’ medical clinic in East St. Louis

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A one million dollar grant from the federal government is turning a health clinic in East St. Louis into a “one-stop-shop” for patients.

“We are a primary care clinic,” said Kim White, the Director of the “We Care Clinic” in East St. Louis. “They’ll be able to have all the services in one day while they are visiting.”

The clinic is run by Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and serves about 1700 patients. The grant allows the university’s schools of nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry to operate under one roof. The clinic will also hire more staff and students who work there will be gaining invaluable experience.

“This grand is absolutely going to help expand the services in the area to residents,” said Linda Omondi, the Nurse Practitioner. “It has been extremely difficult at times to get services, especially for adult clients for dental. Now we will be able to do that.” Omondi is extremely excited about the prospects the clinic will provide to residents.

The grand also allows social work students to get involved and the clinic is expected to hire a medical social worker.

“They will be able to help the person access resources in the community,” White said. “Because often times, they do not know what resources their resources are or how to access them.”

However, the clinic is not free, but does accept almost all of the insurance used in the area, including those through Medicare and Medicaid. 

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