Midlothian ISD staff and their families now have affordable access to health care through the MISD Express Care Clinic in partnership with Methodist Medical Group.
The clinic was welcomed during a ribbon cutting event early this month where MISD administration expressed their gratitude toward their community partnerships. It is open on Bryan Place off of U.S. Highway 287.
"We definitely appreciate the partnership this is creating in the community," MISD superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter said. "We are very proud about this."
The clinic is available to all staff at MISD, including custodians, bus drivers, teachers and support staff along with their families. Patients can visit the clinic from 3—7 p.m. on weekdays to accommodate for the workday. They can also use the virtual clinic which is available from 7 a.m. — 7 p.m. on weekdays through internet capable devices.
"I think for our employees it's a great benefit because it's easy access," Ledbetter said. "They don't have to have our insurance to benefit from it."
Instead of using insurance, staff can pay a $10 payment when they visit to be treated. Ledbetter said the clinic offers accessibility, convenience and affordability.
"We're always looking for ways to benefit our employees," he added. "It's one more thing we can do to support our community and our employees."
School board president Matt Sanders shared Ledbetter's thoughts and thanked the Methodist staff for making the clinic happen.
"We believe everything is better together. The bonds with the community are very important to us," Sanders noted. "We listen. We heard and we found a great partner."
Juan Fresquez, president of Methodist Mansfield and Methodist Midlothian, said this was a new venture for the hospital and is glad to be a part of the partnership with MISD.
He noted that the virtual clinic was a project they have been working on for some time and was happy to see it roll out in the Express Care Clinic.
"When school districts come, they come to stay. And when a hospital comes, it comes to stay," Fresquez said. "It really becomes the foundation and we're excited to be a part of that foundation."
Samantha Douty, @SamanthaDouty