Flathead Community College's Clinic Is A First - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Flathead Community College's Clinic Is A First

Posted: Updated:
KALISPELL -

This year's school bell marked a milestone for Flathead Valley Community College.

It is the first community college in Montana to open a health clinic for its students.

"I'll suture lacerations if need be. I will remove ingrown toe nails--all the exciting stuff," said Shelley Naomi, a physicians assistant at the clinic. She moved from Cheyenne because of her husband's job, just in time to help open the College's student health clinic.

"I'm really grateful to be able to provide services to people who maybe wouldn't seek out care because they just couldn't afford it," said Naomi.

With the help of an anonymous $50,000 donation that will be given again each year over the next five years, and the $45 per semester charge required of all students with seven credit hours or more, the clinic is self-sustaining. In its fifth day of operation, the clinic is still pretty quiet, but of the patients Naomi has seen so far all have been uninsured.

"It's going to take a while for the culture to understand what this means," explained Chuck Jensen, the Vice President of Administration and Finance at the College, "that there is a clinic available and so we continue to do PR on a daily basis, getting the word out to students that this is available."

Currently, the clinic is only open part-time: Wednesday and Monday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and then on Thursday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Servicing nearly two thousand students, though soon that may change.

"I'm curious to see how soon hours will expand," said Naomi, "It's a lot of unknowns right now, but I think that it's exciting."

Only three staff the clinic in the Broussard Center for Nursing, but that too could change if the demand is great enough.

While students with seven credit hours or more must pay for the clinic's services, students enrolled with four to six credit hours may choose whether to opt-in.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • LSH Rams Set Sights on Class B Three-Peat

    LSH Rams Set Sights on Class B Three-Peat

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:26 AM EDT2014-08-19 04:26:16 GMT
    Over the past two seasons, the Loyola Sacred Heart Rams haven't lost a game, won two class B titles, and graduated nearly double digit college football players, but don't expect that talent level to drop off this year
    Over the past two seasons, the Loyola Sacred Heart Rams haven't lost a game, won two class B titles, and graduated nearly double digit college football players, but don't expect that talent level to drop off this year
  • CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Lightning strike nearly hits Hayden woman

    CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Lightning strike nearly hits Hayden woman

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:46 AM EDT2014-08-20 06:46:00 GMT
    HAYDEN, Idaho- A Hayden woman says her mother is extremely lucky to be alive after a bolt of lightning struck a foot away from her. It happened Tuesday evening when a storm system rolled through, bringing lightning, thunder, rain and hail.
    HAYDEN, Idaho- A Hayden woman says her mother is extremely lucky to be alive after a bolt of lightning struck a foot away from her. It happened Tuesday evening when a storm system rolled through, bringing lightning, thunder, rain and hail.
  • Update: Bomb Threat at Missoula Home

    Update: Bomb Threat at Missoula Home

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:46 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:46:12 GMT
    Missoula police are on the scene of a possible bomb threat near the intersection of Stevens and Spartan Dr. One home is being investigated and both neighboring homes have been evacuated. We will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.
    Missoula police are on the scene of a possible bomb threat near the intersection of Stevens and Spartan Dr. One home is being investigated and both neighboring homes have been evacuated. We will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.
  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Missoula Man Drowns on Middle Thompson Lake

    Missoula Man Drowns on Middle Thompson Lake

    Monday, August 18 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-19 00:06:55 GMT
    A man drowned Saturday evening after falling off of a boat on Middle Thompson Lake.
    A man drowned Saturday evening after falling off of a boat on Middle Thompson Lake.
  • Yellowstone Sees Two Deaths in Past Week

    Yellowstone Sees Two Deaths in Past Week

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:07:32 GMT
    Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park
    Authorities identify the young girl, who died Sunday morning after falling into the Grand Canyon in Yellowstone National Park, as eight-year-old Zahra Allahyari.
    Authorities identify the young girl, who died Sunday morning after falling into the Grand Canyon in Yellowstone National Park, as eight-year-old Zahra Allahyari.
  • Police, Father Search for Missing Missoula Man

    Police, Father Search for Missing Missoula Man

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:03:46 GMT
    Missoula police help family members search for Monte Swanson, 24, a missing Missoula man who is known to hang out at transient camps.
    Missoula police help family members search for Monte Swanson, 24, a missing Missoula man who is known to hang out at transient camps.
  • Animals Need Adopting

    Animals Need Adopting

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:15 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:15:41 GMT
    The Butte-Silver Bow Animal Shelter asks people who are thinking about adopting a pet to consider getting one through a local shelter.
    The Butte-Silver Bow Animal Shelter asks people who are thinking about adopting a pet to consider getting one through a local shelter.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.