The school-based health clinic adds a full-time pediatrician to the staff

For years, Crook County has been without a full-time pediatrician to care for the specific needs of children.

At the same time, there has been a need for the Crook Kids Clinic, located in the Crooked River Elementary School, to be open more than three days a week.

All that is changing thanks to the partnership between Mosaic Medical, which operated the clinic, the Crook County Health Department, and the Crook County School District. The three organizations have worked closely together to meet the growing needs of children and their parents in the county.

“We did a ‘needs assessment’ this year and it was astounding how large the need was (for pediatric care.) Kids were traveling to Bend for care, and it was difficult for parents to get their kids to our clinic because we just couldn’t be open as much as was needed,” said Andy Eck, Clinic Manager at Mosaic Medical in Prineville.

The first change was the hiring of Dr. Kathy Baumann, a board certified pediatrician with 22 years of general pediatric experience. Dr. Baumann joined Mosaic Medical this fall and will provide primary pediatric services at the Kids Clinic.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the Prineville community to promote wellness and keep kids healthy and happy,” said Dr. Baumann.

The second change was expanding the days and hours of operation at the Kids Clinic.

“We needed to have more consistent hours at the clinic. Prior to this, we were only open three days a week, which made it difficult for parents and kids to visit,” said Eck.

The Kids Clinic’s now operates five days a week, and all Crook County children ages zero to 18 can receive medical services at the school-based health facility.

With a staff of three, more open days, and extended hours, the Clinic is much better equipped to meet the health needs of the community.

“We’re trying to accommodate parents’ needs and work schedules as much as possible. And two people on our staff at the Clinic are bilingual (English/Spanish),” said Eck.

The Crook County Kids Clinic offers physician and registered nurse care for “well child” checks (which include sport physicals and immunizations), acute (such as a cold) and chronic illness care (such as diabetes and asthma), medication administration, health screenings, and emotional health services.

Mosaic Medical wants the community to know that its mission is to serve everyone in need of health care. The web site states, “We proudly serve the insured and uninsured regardless of age, ethnicity, or income.”

The Crook Kids Clinic accepts private and Healthy Kids insurance and also offers sliding-scale discount services to uninsured families.

“We also have a health insurance enrollment specialist at our main clinic (375 N.W. Beaver St., Prineville) to help parents with health care insurance sign-ups,” added Eck.

Eck gives a lot of credit to their two partners for recognizing and meeting this community need. “We have a great partnership with the county health department and the school district — it’s very exciting to be able to expand our services now.”

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