Normally, when a parent gets a call that their child has had an accident at school, a moment of panic sets in first, then comes the reality of having to get away from work to pick the child up, then making an appointment to go to the doctor or urgent care.

Normally, when a parent gets a call that their child has had an accident at school, a moment of panic sets in first, then comes the reality of having to get away from work to pick the child up, then making an appointment to go to the doctor or urgent care.
Brenten Byrd, Director of Student Services at the R-7 District, got that call parents dread last year about his middle-school son.
But he had an option other than the urgent care center or his doctor to care for his child — the Mercy Clinic – Webb City School District.
“He was playing dodge ball,” Byrd said. “He ducked a ball and split his chin open and had to get four stitches. We went to the clinic and got the stitches and he was back in class before PE was over.
“Without the clinic, we're talking a two to two and a half hour wait at the ER where we both are waiting and miss school. My wife is a teacher as well so somebody was going to miss that day with him. So we both had the opportunity to have that done in 30 minutes, to be back in class, he didn't miss any education, I didn't miss any of my day and we were able to take care of it.”
For the last three years, through a partnership between Mercy and the Webb City R-7 School District, Mercy has operated a medical clinic in Webb City High School for students, employees and immediate family only.

Proposal in Carthage
Mercy and the Carthage R-9 School District are working on a contract to put a similar clinic in Carthage High School.
Carthage Superintendent Mark Baker said the administration and Mercy were working on a contract that they will put before the board at the July meeting.
Most of the R-9 Board of Education was on board with the idea, except for Board Member Bill Lasley.
Lasley spoke against the idea at the June Board meeting, and followed that up with a Facebook post detailing his opposition about a week ago.
At the June meeting, Baker said the clinic would be open only to the 5,000 students and 730 staff of the Carthage School District, and the staff's immediate family members.
The clinic would be located in the High School near the commons area.
The clinic would charge normal Mercy clinic fees and parents of students, and staff, would be responsible for paying the bills like in a clinic outside the school – it would not be some kind of free clinic.

Webb City Clinic
Webb City Superintendent Dr. Tony Rossetti said he and his staff and board are very pleased with how the clinic they established three years ago has been used, and how it's appreciated by parents and staff.
“It is about as close to a personal physician as I think any of our people can get to,” Rossetti said. “The Mercy Clinic Staff members they have at the clinic, although they work for them, they're still integrated in many of the things we do at the high school. They also help with wellness, they help with giving out information about different medical issues that people have. They help coordinate the health fair we have. It's a broad range, it's not just the clinic, there's a lot of other things that go along with it.”
Rossetti said school-based clinics are not new around the country, but Missouri is a little behind the curve when it comes to adopting them. He said the reasons to have a school-based clinic boil down to a simple concept.
“I think it boils down to this, healthier kids and healthier staff,” Rossetti said. “And we try to instill in our staff that if you don't take care of yourself, how can you take care of someone else. And providing an option for access to health care where we have the majority of the population in this community, made sense.”
Rossetti said the clinic in Webb City High School is located close to the office. People wanting to come to the clinic are buzzed into the office, then allowed to go to the clinic next door.
The clinic is open a half-hour before and after school on school days. But he said the district is considering asking Mercy to keep it open during summer school.
“We reevaluate it every year and we re-approve the contract every year,” Rossetti said. “There's no long-term commitment by us or Mercy, so if for some reason it didn't work out or we didn't feel like it was being a benefit we could change directions as well as Mercy could. But I think I'd have a small contingency that would be really upset if this benefit went away.”
Rossetti said the district can provide transportation for a student at another school to come to the clinic at the parent's request, but that rarely happens.
He said in the vast majority of cases, a nurse calls the parent, and the parent picks up the students. The parent can take the student to his or her own physician, to an urgent care clinic, or to the clinic at the high school.
“The experience we've had, I think we are making a positive difference in people's lives because we're able to provide this service,” Rossetti said. “And we don't provide them anything, all we do is provide them with space to operate and the changes that we made three years ago, we changed a teacher work room and put two rooms and a waiting area, which cost probably $10,000. But if you come on a Monday, Monday morning, you will find a line to get in there.”

Convenience
Katy Booher, a parent, and Title 3 English Language Development teacher in the Webb City School District, said the convenience of a clinic in the place where she works is a huge benefit for her family.
“When I think I need to take care of something, I need to address a medical issue, but that would involve taking a day off work and driving across Joplin and scheduling the appointment, it's easy to say, I'll take care of that later, I have things to take care of at work,” Booher said. “When it's right there on the premises, you can run over on your lunch period, or you can come in half an hour early or stay 15 minutes late and address some of your own needs that you might have been ignoring in the past. For me, that was a huge benefit and I know it has benefitted others in the same way.”
Booher said, she's taken her daughter to the clinic and had her checked out in a matter of minutes for problems that would have taken her and her daughter out of school for a school day if she had to make an appointment at a doctor's office, urgent care, or emergency room.
“I can run her in in the morning, at 7:15 a.m. and say lets do a strep test, there's no fever, but something's wrong, and they can test her and say, nope, no strep, she can go to school that day,” Booher said. “Whereas, if I had scheduled an appointment, I might not get in until 12:15 or 1 p.m. And then she's out the whole school day and misses school.”