Part 1 of a multi-part series.

Starting on the first day of school, Sept. 1, a Student Health and Wellness Center located at Quincy High School will be ready to take patients.

The Student Health and Wellness Center is the result of a partnership between the Quincy Community Health Center (QCHC) and the Quincy School District (QSD). According to a flyer from the health center, the goal of the Student Health and Wellness Center is to give students the care they need, when they need it, to reduce the amount of time students are out of school.

QCHC Director of Operations Lynn Bales said that the Student Health and Wellness Center has been in the works since planning the building of the high school began.

Parents must sign a consent form before the Student Health and Wellness Center can serve them. Services from the center will remain separate from the school nurse’s.

The Student Health and Wellness Center will offer more services than the school nurse because it will function as an independent office that has two exam rooms and a lab for testing. It will offer primary and behavioral healthcare including sports physicals, stitches or splints, immunizations, cold and flu services, testing and more.

A medical clinician and medical assistants will manage the Student Health and Wellness Center, with a behavioral health consultant available via tele-health.

It will remain open to all community members including faculty, staff and students in the district along with their families.

Since the Student Health and Wellness Center is an extension of QCHC, parents and guardians will receive bills for service from the latter. Because the billing goes through QCHC, they offer a sliding fee and accept most insurance plans.

The Student Health and Wellness Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every day for lunch and also closed during snow days and school breaks. To make an appointment, call 509-787-8943.

India Wolfendale, a Physician’s Assistant-Certified will serve as the primary medical clinician servicing students. Wolfendale was born and raised in Florida and attended Florida State University majoring in Biology. She moved to Savannah, Ga. for physician assistant school, After she graduated, she accepted a job near Yakima where she met her fiance, Zachary Turner, social studies teacher at Quincy Middle School,

“So when the Quincy High School Health and Wellness Center position became available, it seemed like the perfect opportunity,” Wolfendale was quoted as saying on her introduction flyer.

She moved to the Quincy area at the beginning of 2021.

Wolfendale wrote in an email that she went into healthcare because she wanted to help people.

“I wanted a career where I could affect peoples’ lives in a positive way, and I’ve always been fascinated by the ever changing fields of science and medicine,” said Wolfendale.

While she says she feels excited to provide easier access to healthcare for students, she added that she feels even more excited to get to know the students she will serve.

“I am so excited to be a part of the community of Quincy and cannot wait to get started at the high school and meet you all,” Wolfendale said.

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