By Joseph Hayes
The St. Clair County Health Department and St. Clair County Community College is coming together for a new creation this fall semester.
The pair announced the creation of a new health clinic on the college’s campus in Port Huron.
The exact location is still unknown.
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“We’re pleased to establish a health clinic on our campus,” SC4 President Dr. Deborah A. Snyder said in a release. “Health and safety are top priorities for our college. Having the clinic located at SC4 will further enhance the student experience and provide a vital new service to our campus community this fall.”
The release said the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners authorized the Health Department to work with the college to create a clinic, which will have a full-time nurse. The college will reimburse the Health Department up to $90,000 for staffing and also provide office space and utilities.
The clinic will serve as a bridge between pediatric and adult health care in the area, with direct links to the Health Department’s Teen Health and Personal Health clinics. In addition to providing important preventative services to the area’s college-age population, it will improve accessibility to health services to those who typically are working or in class during regular clinics’ office hours.
Dr. Annette Mercatante, Medical Health Officer of the St. Clair County Health Department explained:
“This type of community collaboration is a win-win for everyone. Health is a team effort and we are delighted to have this opportunity to work with our local college and this population.”