Since its launch in March, the Socorro Independent School District Employee Health Clinic has been evolving to better serve district employees and their dependents with convenient family and urgent medical care.
Considering the ever-changing climate brought upon by the coronavirus pandemic, the SISD health clinic is working harder than ever to help keep the community safe and healthy.
“We want patients to feel safe to continue to come in for prevention visits, their annual labs, and such,” said SISD Employee Health Clinic physician Dr. Alba Nevarez. “We are very safe and COVID shouldn’t be a concern.”
The clinic offers numerous services, including acute care, wellness care, biometric services, sports physicals, and lab services. The clinic also is now providing COVID testing and will soon be offering flu vaccines and prevention and diet classes.
The clinic has extended its operating hours to include Saturdays so that it can better serve Team SISD employees. The clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
A telehealth option also has been added to make the clinic resources more accessible to patients, particularly for the busy back-to-school season.
In addition, the clinic recently opened its pharmacy, which will fill generic prescriptions for SISD employees and covered dependents at no cost. Employees must have identification and an SISD Cigna insurance card available at the time of the pharmacy service.
“The SISD community pharmacy will help in providing another option to employees,” said SISD pharmacist Eric Garcia. “We are working to get the drugs for the best product, for the best price and at no cost to patients.”
External healthcare providers also can send electronic prescription orders to be filled at the SISD Employee Health Clinic Pharmacy. The pharmacy is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The SISD Employee Health Clinic has been a tremendous help for employees who had been deterred from general healthcare because of medical costs.
“The biggest thing is that people are avoiding care because just to see a primary doctor costs $35 every time, then being referred out to a specialist is another cost and that doesn’t include having to pay for lab work,” said SISD nurse clinic manager Kelly Moreno. “We’ve become an affordable option for people.”
Valuable services, such as diabetes testing with the use of the clinic’s A1C machine and preventive care for women, have proven to be immensely important recently in helping detect diabetes and cancer in patients who otherwise might have not received much-needed treatment.
“We are doing good things for the district and our goal is to get and keep our employees well, to take care of them,” Moreno said.
The family and united spirit of Team SISD is apparent at the clinic, as well. As a graduate of Socorro High School, Dr. Nevarez has a special place in her heart for SISD. She is familiar and aware of the issues the community faces regarding healthcare.
“It’s been really great to come back to the community and serve those people who many times postpone going to their personal care physician a lot of times because of cost,” Dr. Nevarez said. “We’ve had such positive feedback and it’s been very rewarding even in this short period of time, so I’m really excited about the future.”
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