Downtown campus’ health clinic aims for higher visibility

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The Downtown Phoenix ASU Health Center offers health care needs to downtown students, faculty and surrounding Phoenix community.(Molly Smith | The State Press)
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Friday, November 6, 2009
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The ASU Health Center in Downtown Phoenix held an open house Thursday morning in an effort to make itself more known in the community.

The Health Center, located in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation on the Downtown campus, serves students, faculty and members of the Phoenix community.

Debra Vincent, outreach coordinator at the Community Health Services Clinic at ASU, said the clinic held an open house to clarify what it does for the Downtown community.

“A lot of people at our own college are confused,” Vincent said.
“Students think we service the community; faculty think we’re for the students; the community thinks we’re for the school — we’re really for all of them.”

ASU Nurse practitioner Kim McClintic said the clinic gets a variety of clientele from ASU students to members of the Phoenix community.

“We get lots of business from other [places],” she said. “A lot of people from the Sheraton and the Hyatt — business people who get sick.”

The Health Center provides many different services that are available to anyone. Medical assistant Manuel Amarillas said the center practices medicine of all kinds, from treatment for high blood pressure to reproductive services and counseling.

“I think we have a really great thing here; we have a great location and a really good opportunity to be seen by many different types of people, students and community members,” he said. “We’re really sort of a hidden gem, since not a lot of people realize what we’re here for.”

Another reason people might use the center is because it closes later for lunch, allowing people to come in on their lunch break, Amarillas said.

“People can come in five days a week and we are usually available for people who are ill to call and get an appointment the same day,” he said. “We normally are not booked for the day, and if we are, we really make an effort to see you.”

People also don’t need to be insured or have American citizenship to be seen at the clinic, Amarillas said.

“We don’t verify residency because we don’t want to ostracize or turn away people who do need medical attention,” he said.

Vincent said another way the center benefits the community is through Wellness on Wheels, a program that brings health care to people in the community who might not be able to get to it on their own.

“We do all sorts of things — sports physical clinics, flu shots, whatever people want to try to do and whatever our funding allows,” she said. “Right now our money for this comes from grants and partnerships from other places in the community.”

Amarillas said the center continues to try to provide more options for people who need its services.

“The most important thing we’re doing is trying to keep people healthy,” he said. “We try to provide services for everyone.”

Reach the reporter at sheydt@asu.edu.