FCS PRESS RELEASE
March 19, 2012
Contact: Dr. David Clendening, Superintendent
Since November 2010, Franklin Community Schools, as part of the South Central Indiana School Trust (SCIST), Johnson County, and Johnson Memorial Hospital have been reaping the benefits of a partnership formed while collaborating to develop a new health service. The Express Care Clinic was formed, and is housed at the hospital’s Immediate Care Center in Franklin. Participants in the SCIST and county health plans are able to visit the center for minor, non-emergency health care visits at no cost to them.
All involved are extremely satisfied with the progress of the clinic, and are eager to look at new ways to collaborate and save. “Open communication allows us to find solutions to common problems that local organizations are facing. We are excited to continue this collaboration and explore other areas where we can think outside of the box and find creative ways to save,” County Commissioner John Price said.
The Express Care Clinic is also a great benefit to employees. “Not only does the clinic reduce the cost of health care services,” FCS Superintendent Dr. David Clendening said, “It provides employees with a convenient place to access health care.” Because the clinic is so conveniently located and offers minimal wait time, employees are able to return to work without much lost time.
On average, the County was paying $80 per visit. Since implementing the Express Care Clinic, a visit costs approximately $49. SCIST has saved 25% over the last quarter. All parties agreed that partnering with Johnson Memorial Hospital was a logical choice.