September 4, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 4, 2013 — On Thursday, Sept. 5 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., the Drury University Panther Clinic operated by CoxHealth will have its grand opening. Housed in the former Women’s Basketball locker room in Weiser Gym, the Panther Clinic is staffed by a CoxHealth board certified family nurse practitioner. Services are provided to full-time Day School students, all international students, as well as, faculty, staff and their dependents who are covered by Drury’s health plan.
“It is so convenient,” said Drury senior Taylor Cantrell. “I needed a physical for a part-time job I was applying for. I immediately got in to see the nurse practitioner and the cost of the physical was covered in my health fee.”
The Panther Clinic operated by CoxHealth opened in the Findlay Student Center on June 1, 2013 and is staffed by Helen Oke-Thomas, FNP and office assistant Cassandra Garcia. They moved into the new clinic office on Aug. 12, a week before the start of classes. Besides physicals, the Panther Clinic provides no-cost treatment for common colds, sore throats and allergies. There is a fee for additional services, such as strep throat tests, flu shots and tetanus shots.
“Having an on-site clinic is a trend for major employers,” said Jennifer Kirtlink, benefits manager for Drury. “It’s a convenience for our students, faculty and staff, and it also increases productivity and class attendance because a person doesn’t have to leave campus to see a medical professional for minor medical needs. The clinic also frees up doctors and their offices to deal with more serious illnesses and injuries.”
The Panther Clinic is open from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.