WICHITA, Kansas – Construction is underway at West High School. The school is working hard to get its $14 million bond upgrade completed before school starts this fall. But more construction could soon be headed their way.
GraceMed hopes to build a 4,500 square foot medical clinic.
“When you look at the West High area, there are very few private medical and dental practices that are established in that part of town,” said Dave Sanford, CEO of GraceMed.
With the approval of USD 259, Sanford hopes to break ground by October.
Principal Joel Hudson says 20 percent of his students are considered absent each year, many of those are due to illnesses that could have been prevented had students had proper health care.
“Our hopes is by having access to that clinic here close to our school that kids can get in be treated and not miss any days of school,” said Hudson
GraceMed plans to foot the million dollar bill with the help of federal grants and fundraisers to build the clinic. The clinic will provide both preventative dental and general family care to students and anyone within the West High community, whether they have insurance or not.
“We have a sliding fee scale based on income,” said Sanford.
Grace Med currently has four school based clinics through its Oasis Project. A similar clinic opens next Monday at Oaklawn Elementary, while construction on a clinic is currently underway at Jardine Middle School.