Health Matters Clinic has recently opened an office at Medicine Hat College to provide walk-in services to students and employees. The practice will take over for Dr. Dale Lintott who retired after several years with the institution.
“We are excited for our partnership with the practice. It is important that our partner clinic provide students the best care possible, and we’re confident that their team will do just that,” says Dr. Denise Henning, president and CEO of MHC.
When asked what the physicians are most excited about, Dr. Roxanne Swiegers explains that her team looks forward to serving a new patient population.
“Students are our focus, and so far we’ve seen anywhere from 10 to 20 a day, and that number continues to grow,” says Dr. Swiegers. “What is great about having a satellite clinic on campus is the ability to provide our patients access to varied strengths from all the physicians.”
Dr. Swiegers also mentions that the clinic will be working closely with students enrolled in programs related to health and wellness such as nursing, physical and massage therapy as well as medical office assistants to provide mentorship.
“We are looking forward to providing students the ability to see first-hand what a clinic looks like and how it works. They will be given an opportunity to shadow us, which is something we believe strongly in,” says Dr. Swiegers. “Post-secondary education has always been an interest of ours so being able to contribute to a student’s learning will be great.”
The clinic is currently open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dr. Swiegers anticipates that in the future they will increase their operation to five days.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we get ourselves settled. We’ve already made great strides by changing the paper system to electronic and we are working on getting better signage. Once we are at full capacity we hope to be on campus full time,” says Dr. Swiegers.
Collaboration is a priority for the College, Dr. Henning says. “We’re looking forward to a strong partnership with the clinic and other members of our community.”
For more information or to learn about the services available to students at Medicine Hat College visit www.mhc.ab.ca.
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