Metro Schools opens wellness center for all employees

DSC_0488 On May 18, Metro Schools celebrated the opening of its new MNPS Employee Wellness Center, which gives MNPS and Metro employees access to a state-of-the-art facility with expanded medical, therapy and behavioral health services, a full-service fitness center, a fully stocked onsite pharmacy and a healthy food café.

“We are looking to provide a more holistic experience for employees, with a major emphasis on wellness,” says Director of Benefits David Hines. “Enhanced clinical services is just one part of that. The goal is to provide a broader range of services, making it easier for employees to access the care they need at a more affordable cost than they can likely get elsewhere. And it will address other needs, such as providing early morning and late afternoon/early evening hours to better serve teachers and staff who want to visit the Center before or after work."

Two nurse practitioners (NPs) will be available at the Center at all times to serve more patients than ever before. Care Coordinators Bobbi Nickel and Laura Vanderpool will be based at the new facility, but will continue to assist employees throughout the district. A physician medical director will assist the NPs in a consultative and support role. And an onsite psychiatric nurse practitioner will provide a range of behavioral health services, from counseling to medication management.  The Center will also have a referral coordinator. If a patient needs more services than the Center offers, such as specialist care or imaging, the coordinator can expedite a referral. Wellness Center Offerings Depending on the success of this Center, more facilities could be possible in the future — providing convenient access to employees who live and work in other areas of the county.

The Employee Wellness Center is a $7 million, 26,000 square-foot facility. All construction costs were funded by the savings incurred from the Teachers Health Plan, a self-funded medical plan for certificated employees, and the use of the MNPS Employee and Family Health Care Centers. No taxpayer dollars were used in funding this center.

The center is located at 2694 Fessey Court off Berry Road.

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