September 18, 2014

Stimulus award increases manpower at Sterling Area Health Center

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STERLING — Thanks to the Sterling Area Health Center’s ambitious establishment of an after hours clinic service, the center has been injected with $170,965 in stimulus funds over two years to run the clinic and bring new employees on board.

The new service allows the center to remain open from 6 – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and was first opened up to the public in May 2009.

“The After Hours Clinic offers quality health care when you or your family need a medical appointment in the evening or it’s just more convenient,” said a release from SAHC CEO Roger Rushlow. “Fees for an office call can be as low as $10, and is based on family size and income level.”

Along with the new service comes new faces, said Rushlow in an e-mail sent to the Independent.

“The combined Federal and local funding supports a part time Family Practice physician (Dr. John Urban) and Sarah (Brandt, Physician’s Assistant), who is full time. The funds also pay for the support staffing we have hired which includes medical assistants and nurses who work the after hours clinic,” Rushlow said. “No appointment is necessary as it is tailored to walk in patients.”

Brandt, who was hired directly with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act monies, graduated from U of M Flint with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with High Honors in 2005. She worked as a certified nurse assistant for one year and graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a degree in Physician Assistant Studies, Magna Cum Laude May 2009.

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