2006-01-18 / Local News

Nurse-managed clinic to open in Monon

Comet staff report

Purdue University’s School of Nursing is opening a family health clinic in northern White County to help meet the needs of a population that is underserved by the healthcare system.

An open house for the Family Health Clinic of Monon will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at the clinic, located in the former McElroy Insurance Agency building, 420 N. Market St., Monon.

The clinic will be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Jan. 24. The phone number for the clinic is (219) 253-2404. The fax number is (219) 2532405.

A chief focus of the clinic will be to reach out to the medically underserved population, who may not have anywhere else to turn for healthcare.

The School of Nursing already has two successful nurse-managed clinics in operation.

The Family Health Clinic of Carroll County opened in Delphi in 1995, and it serves more than 3,000 clients a year, the majority of whom are uninsured or underinsured.

The school also operates the Nursing Center for Family Health, one of the first nursemanaged clinics in Tippecanoe County, established in 1981 and located in the basement of the Johnson Hall of Nursing at Purdue. This clinic serves mainly Purdue faculty, staff, retirees and spouses, as well as the residents of the Lafayette area through community visits. About 2,500 patients yearly are seen through this facility.

All three clinics utilize nursing students who practice under the supervision of advanced-practice nursing faculty to provide primary healthcare services, wellness screenings, education, and chronic disease management for patients. They serve all ages, from infants to seniors, regardless of income.

The Monon clinic is being funded through a $42,000 United Way grant, as well as a portion of a $716,410 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant for rural advanced-practice nursing.

The clinic will be open initially two days a week and will see about 1,000 patients a year. The eventual goal is to be open five days a week.

Elizabeth O’Neil, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and a clinical assistant professor of nursing at Purdue, will serve as clinic coordinator. Lynn Davis, FNP, visiting assistant professor, and Kit Schafer, NP, associate professor, will be the advancedpractice nurses at the Monon facility.

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