COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado Springs District 11 has just announced a game changer when it comes to the health of its students.
The district is partnering with Peak Vista Community Center to create a new primary health care facility on the campus of Mitchell High School.
“This will be our first venture in this innovative, blended model, as we are excited for this partnership with D11,” said Pam McManus, president and CEO, Peak Vista.
The new 4,850 square foot space will go in the northwest corner of the school. The new facility will offer comprehensive primary medical, dental and integrated behavioral health care services. It is open to all students, their families, and neighborhood residents of all ages.
Mitchell High School principal Carlos Perez says that he has seen first hand how being sick an affect a student’s education.
“The kid cannot come to school,” he said. “That has a long term effect when you’re missing school and it keeps compounding as the years go by with the lack of access.”
Construction on the center will begin this summer and is set to open in December.