Maplewood breaks ground on a new onsite health clinic thanks to Saint Thomas Health

maplewoodhealth-5113 Metro Schools is partnering with Saint Thomas Health to put an onsite health clinic at Maplewood High School.

Maplewood High School and Saint Thomas celebrated the groundbreaking for the clinic at the school on Oct. 12 to mark the beginning of construction on the $500,000 project. Community leaders, including Mayor Megan Barry, Representative Brenda Gilmore, Metro Council Member Nancy VanReece and Vice Chair of the Board of Education Jill Speering, planted a tree to commemorate the event.

“The Saint Thomas Clinic at Maplewood High School is the perfect example of the type of community partnerships that we want to develop in our Community Achieves schools,” said Dr. Tony Majors, executive officer of student support services for Metro Schools. “The clinic is a significant investment that will have an immediate benefit for the students of Maplewood High School and the community as a whole.”

The 2,935-square-foot project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2017 and will be staffed by Saint Thomas Health physicians, nurse practitioners and medical assistants.  The clinic will be open to the public and will be able to help with chronic health conditions that require immediate and long-term care.

The walk-in clinic will provide primary care services, but its impact at Maplewood will go deeper than just physical health.

Student athletes can have their physicals completed at the clinic, which administrators hope will increase participation rates in school sports. Daily attendance rates are expected to improve, as students who are ill will have the option to stay on campus instead of having to go home or be sent offsite to be assessed by a healthcare professional.

“We are fortunate in Nashville to have great community partners like St. Thomas who are willing to invest in our schools to improve the educational and socio-emotional opportunities for our students,” Majors said.

Teachers, staff and students can be treated by clinic staff. Jere Baxter and Gra-Mar students can also be referred to the clinic due to their proximity to Maplewood. Family and community members will be able to access the clinic without entering the main school building through the clinic’s external entrance.

Jahkaya Foxx, a student ambassador for Maplewood, said she’s really excited about the clinic. “It will be an amazing opportunity to get hands-on experience,” said Foxx. “I think it will be great for our school.”

Maplewood’s Academy of Sports Medicine and Wellness provides its students with real-world insights into healthcare careers through internships and job shadowing. The new clinic will create more learning opportunities available to students, according to school leadership.

“I am excited about the hands-on experiences our academy students will receive prior to transitioning to college, careers and young adulthood,” said Dr. Keely Jones-Mason, principal of Maplewood.