Mayo Clinic, Rochester Public Schools to open clinic at Alternative Learning Center

March 5, 2019

Mayo Clinic Student Health Services at the Alternative Learning Center will provide acute and chronic medical care to students ages 13 to 20 and their dependents ages 6 to 33 months.

Mayo Clinic and Rochester Public Schools are making it possible for students in the community to have easy access to health care.

Employee and Community Health will open Mayo Clinic Student Health Services at the Alternative Learning Center on Monday, March 4. This clinic will provide acute and chronic medical care to students ages 13 to 20 and their dependents ages 6 weeks to 33 months.

The clinic seeks to reduce barriers to health care that some students experience. In Minnesota, there are only 27 other school-based clinics offering similar services. Mayo Clinic will offer its health care services as a community service to students and their dependents regardless of their financial situation. The student’s insurance will be billed, but payment will be adjusted according to their ability to pay.

“This is simply the right thing to do for kids in our community,” says Sarah Crane, M.D., medical director of Employee and Community Health. “Investing in kids’ health early allows them to develop into healthy young adults who will contribute to the Rochester community.”

The clinic, which will be in existing space at the Alternative Learning Center, includes two exam rooms, a lab and a reception area. The school will employ a full-time clinic coordinator to assist with the daily flow of students and clinic operations.