Student health services at Lewis-Clark State College will be managed and overseen by St. Joseph Regional Medical Center starting Sunday after the two parties reached an agreement to transition the responsibilities to the Lewiston hospital.
St. Joseph will staff the clinic with a full-time nurse practitioner as its main provider, according to a news release.
Historically, the clinic had been staffed by a full-time nurse, a full-time biller and a full-time administrative assistant. As LCSC explored its options, the clinic was staffed by part-time medical providers that included two LCSC nursing faculty members who are family nurse practitioners.
"We're so happy to enter into this partnership with St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center," Andy Hanson, LCSC vice president for student affairs, said in the news release. "We want our students to continue to enjoy the quality of life that comes with good health - a vision shared by the hospital."
The clinic will remain in Room 205 of the Sam Glenn Complex on the LCSC campus. Office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays will stay the same.
"St. Joseph is excited to partner with LCSC to improve access and provide an enhanced level of care to the students and faculty of LCSC and our community," Blain Claypool, CEO of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, said in the release.
According to the college, the change will improve students' ability to use their health insurance coverage.
The clinic provides ambulatory care only. It services LCSC students, staff and faculty.
St. Joseph plans to become more involved in campus health and wellness activities and initiatives, following the transition.