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Health Resource Center Now Offers Geriatric, Nursing Clinics
Saint Louis University's Jesuit Health Resource Center, a free clinic operated by
medical school students under the guidance of SLU doctors, now offers clinics run
by students training to be physician assistants and nursing students as well as a
monthly geriatric clinic.
Rachael Johnson, a senior in the School of Nursing, assists a patient at the Health
Resource Center. SLU Photo.
The geriatric clinic began in February.
"This assessment provides such a service," said Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., LCSW, professor
of social work at Saint Louis University. "We are able to bring together all the health
professionals in one appointment."
Patients, accompanied by a caregiver or family member, are assessed over a two-hour
appointment by medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, speech
therapy and social work professionals. Following the appointment, the patient receives
information for possible follow-ups with a primary care physician and recommendations
for dietary and lifestyle changes to improve overall health.
Berg-Weger said the geriatric clinic also offers an opportunity for students for hands-on
"When they graduate and go out into their fields, they will be working with other
health professionals," she said. "This gives them a great opportunity to learn from
each other and improve the care they give their patients while providing a real service."
The faculty team has created an assessment tools packet, which gives students an outline
to begin conversations with patients.
"This is a person-centered approach," Berg-Weger said. "The students get to see how
their colleagues interact and how their specialties overlap and compliment each other."
Rebecca Koerner, a graduate student in communication sciences and disorders, said
she benefits from working with other disciplines.
"It's so interesting to me to watch PT and OT in action," she said. "I'm learning
so much and it is informing how I work as a speech language pathologist."
Melissa Ramel, associate professor of nutrition and dietetics, said the interprofessional
nature of this collaboration is benefiting both the students and the faculty.
"To have all the major health disciplines working together - it's a great learning
experience for all of us," she said.
A geriatric assessment at the Health Resource Center includes assessments from medical,
physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, speech therapy and social work
professionals. SLU Photo.
The HRC first opened in 1994. First- and second-year students take patient histories.
Third- and fourth-year students conduct physicals, and a volunteer faculty member
reviews all cases, answers questions and prescribes medication.
To help patients meet their basic needs, the HRC employs a social worker, who helps
patients tap into community resources; and an insurance navigator who helps patients
apply for Medicaid and get connected with medical homes at federally funded community
health care centers.
The primary care clinics have seen a steady increase in patients since the clinic
Hepatitis A Vaccines
Other Adult Vaccines
Rapid HIV Tests
Signed Up for Insurance
Referrals to SLUCare
Patients Seen by Doctor
The HRC saw an increase in patients in 2016 from 2015.
The Tuesday night clinic staffed by the physician assistant students offers many
of the same services as the primary care clinic.
"The benefit to coming on Tuesday is we are much less busy," said Greg Coates. "Not
as many people know about us so we have capacity."
The nursing clinic is staffed by undergraduate nursing students are overseen by students
from the Nurse Practitioner program, who, in turn, are supervised by nursing faculty.
The Health Resource Center Cardiology Clinic allows patients who have cardiac conditions
or who are at risk of developing cardiac conditions see a heart specialist at no cost.
The clinic does not accept walk ins. Patients who are interested in the cardiology
clinic should call 314-389-0008. This phone is answered during every Saturday morning
clinic at the Health Resource Center.
The Foot Health Clinic hopes to improve the livelihood of the transient population
in St. Louis by offering basic foot health services. The clinic is offered on specified
Wednesdays at St. Anthony's Food Pantry from 4- 6 p.m. Patients are seen on a first-come,
Held on the first Thursday of each month. Each appointment is approximately two hours
and patients will be seen by medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition,
speech therapy and social work professionals. To schedule an appointment, contact
the SLU Geriatrics Division Office at 314-977-8462.
Physical therapy students in the second and third year of their professional phase
of education treat patients under the supervision of at least one licensed faculty
member. The service is available from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Patients must
have a valid prescription from a doctor and appointment to be seen. For more information,
contact the clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-534-8822.
Email email@example.com or call 314-389-0008 to schedule appointment.
Patients with questions or who want to schedule an appointment for one of the specialty
clinics may leave a voicemail at 314-389-0008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org throughout the week. The Jesuit Health Resource Center does not take appointments
for its primary care Saturday morning session; patients are seen on a first-come,
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physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health
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cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease,
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