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Healthstat Clinic Opens for Charlotte County School Employees

Clinic Opens
By JASON WITZ Correspondent

Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 9:08 p.m. 

CHARLOTTE COUNTY - School employees and their families will no longer have to go to a doctor's office for routine health care.

And there will not be a co-pay.

The district will open its free clinic today to provide another option for basic health care to more than 2,000 employees and their immediate families.

Officials partnered with a North Carolina-based company specializing in onsite clinics for various corporations and transformed part of the Charlotte Technical Center into a medical center.

The 3,500-square-foot facility, in building G of the technical center, features exam rooms and a lab, capable of handling everything from the flu to blood work.

Charlotte is the first area district to use the concept, according to Carrie Klum, the district's human services and employee benefits manager.

"We're not trying to replace anyone's primary physicians," Klum said. "We just want to provide an additional avenue."

The clinic will be available to anyone covered by the district's insurance plans.

Teachers union president John Klenovic said the clinic will be a service to the staff. "We think it's a first-class operation," he said.

A reception will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the clinic, 18450 Murdock Circle in Port Charlotte. For more information, call 255-0808, Ext. 3032.

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