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Cassville Schools and Mercy Partner to Meet Children Health Care Needs

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5991ce8a1d530Vicki Punch, Mercy, Cassville Clinic, Office Manager Winfrey and Dr. Connie Butler
Dr. Connie Butler, physician at Mercy Clinic, Cassville, is pictured speaking to Cassville R-IV staff on Monday regarding the new outreach clinic at Cassville Schools. Pictured with Butler is Dr. Richard Asbill, Amanda Winfrey and Vicki Punch.
Vicki Punch, Mercy, Cassville Clinic, Office Manager Winfrey and Dr. Connie Butler

Mercy Cassville School-Based Clinic to Open September 5

In partnership with the Mercy, Cassville Clinic, the Cassville R-IV School district will offer an onsite open health clinic for students, staff and families Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.  The clinic will be located in the main health services and nursing office location within Eunice Thomas Elementary and may be accessed by using the circle drive entrance next to the Eunice Thomas Elementary and Middle School cafeteria.

Longtime Mercy nurse practitioner Amanda Winfrey will see patients for a variety of reasons. These services will include such things as sports physicals, sore throats, urinary tract infections, bug bites and more.   

“The school based clinic has been an idea we have been exploring for the last couple of years,” said Winfrey. “I am beyond excited Mercy and the school have made this dream a reality and I have been chosen to provide this service to the students, faculty and families!”

The school based clinic will open on Tuesday, September 5. An appointment is not needed, however, parents/guardians will be contacted prior to a student being treated.

The outreach clinic is not a free service and the patient's insurance will be charged according to the insurance plan they have in place and all copay requirements will apply.

Cassville R-IV School District Superintendent, Dr. Richard Asbill said having a health clinic onsite for students, staff and families will provide a convenient alternative for non-emergency healthcare needs.

“Our number one focus is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. The fact is, if you are not feeling well, it is hard to make learning a priority in the classroom,” said Asbill. “The onsite clinic is a team effort between Cassville R-IV and Mercy and we are excited to make this a reality for our district. We believe the clinic will ensure our school family has access to quality healthcare in a timely manner, allowing them to focus on learning and providing a quality education.”

The Mercy outreach clinic will be offered in addition to the DirectConnect Telemedicine service that is currently available for students and staff at Cassville Schools through a collaboration effort with Cox Health. DirectConnect is an alternative way to receive basic care for simple medical conditions via live, secure video consultations with a licensed nurse practitioner.