In less than three weeks, Bay District Schools will open the doors to its brand new on-site health clinic. The facility is not quite finished, but the opening dates are set.
By Monday, the construction of the building will be complete. The District will then turn it over to Healthstat, company hired to run the facility, to stock supplies and prepare it for the opening.
The District's health clinic will have a soft opening on January 28th, and a Grand Opening on the 31st.
Friday, construction workers were working on some of the final touches, including floors and ceilings. Husfelt says there will be one main doctor who will work 20 hours a week. There will be two physicians assistants along with nurses and an office staff.
Any full-time district employee and their dependents along with retired employees will be eligible to use the clinic.
Beside the main purpose of keeping everyone healthy, the clinic is also expected to save the District a great deal of money.
"We really know from seeing this in other areas that we will see a drop in our insurance premiums which will be a great thing," says Bill Husfelt, Superintendent of Bay District Schools. "We need to get those insurance premiums down. We can't keep spending 16 million dollars a year on that."
Husfelt says once the clinic pays for itself, they expect it to save more than a million dollars a year.