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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.

Nursing Clinic at HRC

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 interprofessional learning. 

"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 opened.

Services 2015 2016
Hepatitis A Vaccines 550 860
Other Adult Vaccines 63 114
PPDs 262 396
Pap Smears 19 29
Rapid HIV Tests 66 92
Blood Draws 359 384
Physical Therapy N/A 254
Signed Up for Insurance 63 66
Referrals to SLUCare 54 69
Patients Seen by Doctor 846 970

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.

 Clinics offered at the HRC include: 

Asthma and Allergy Clinic

Email or call 314-389-0008 to schedule appointment. 

Cardiology Clinic

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. 

Diabetes Clinic

Email or call 314-389-0008 to schedule appointment. 

Extended Services Clinic

The Extended Services Clinic is run by students in the Physician Assistant program at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. This clinic offers:

  • Physical exams
  • Pregnancy and STD screening (including HIV)
  • Lab Tests (includes screening for Diabetes, Hypertension, Cholesterol, Lead)
  • Hepatitis A Vaccinations for adults
  • Vaccinations for patients under 18 years of age*

This clinic is available on the first Tuesday of every month from 5-8 p.m. Registration is open from 4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Foot Health Clinic

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, first-serve basis.

Geriatric Assessment Clinic

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. 

Nursing Clinic

The half-day clinic offers:

  • Physical exams
  • Pregnancy and STD screening (including HIV)
  • Lab Tests (includes screening for Diabetes, Hypertension, Cholesterol, Lead)
  • TB tests
  • Hepatitis A Vaccinations for adults
Physical Therapy

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 or 314-534-8822.

Primary Care Clinic 

First come, first served. Arrive early.

  • Every Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Every Thursday - 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
  • First Tuesday of the month - 5-8 p.m.
Well Woman Clinic

Email 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 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, first-served basis. 

Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease, aging and brain disease, and infectious diseases.