FSU MED Magazine Fall 2018, Vol. 14 - Page 12

a n d p l a c e s p e o p l e said FSU is working hard to learn what the community wants and needs in a clinic, and to learn more about the people’s lives. “We teach our students literally on Day One of medical school that a person’s health is determined far more by what happens in between the doctor’s visits than at the doctor’s visits,” he said at the groundbreaking. “If you want to address the health of a person, want to address the health of a family, want to address the health of a community, you need to understand all of that.… And now we get to practice what we teach.” County Commissioner Jimbo Jackson, principal of west- The College of Medicine’s new primary-care clinic is big news for residents in several south Tallahassee neighborhoods, as Dean John P. Fogarty explained to a number of media outlets reporting from the groundbreaking ceremony. side Fort Braden School, called the clinic a dream come true: “We know that healthy kids learn better than kids that are sick. We know that healthy families raise healthy kids.” Sabal Palm Principal Anicia Robinson picked up on that theme: “We are very excited about the opportunity to have our parents, students, grandparents, aunts, uncles, everyone in this community have direct access to health An FSU clinic for our underserved neighbors B efore he dug his gold shovel into a opening in 2019, it will include 15 patient pile of dirt at Roberts Avenue and exam rooms, two rooms for behavioral-health Eisenhower Street, FSU President services, two health-procedure rooms and a John Thrasher told his audience: community room. “The College of Medicine has been breaking ground one way or another for the last 17 years.” This particular groundbreaking was “Our faculty members will have an opportunity to maintain their practice skills, get valuable interaction with patients and their historic. On a rainy afternoon in May, it families, and teach and mentor both medical officially christened the College of Medicine’s and PA students,” Dean John P. Fogarty said.  partnership with Sabal Palm Elementary School Though the clinic will be available to anyone and surrounding neighborhoods – with the in Leon and surrounding counties, this site was promise of a 10,000-square-foot, full-service, chosen specifically to serve the moderate- to primary-care health center. lower-income residents in nearby Providence, The clinic, FSU PrimaryHealth, will provide a range of services not now available in that corner of Leon County. With an expected 10 Mabry Manor, The Meadows and Seminole Manor communities near Sabal Palm. Senior Associate Dean Daniel Van Durme care…. And it’s in their own backyard.” Alumni staffing college’s new primary-care clinic W hen FSU PrimaryHealth’s clinic opens next year in an underserved area of Tallahassee, two of the new faculty members seeing patients will be College of Medicine alumni. Mary Norton (M.D., ’13) was hired last year to both teach and practice pediatrics. Shermeeka Hogans-Mathews (M.D., ’15) was hired this summer for her Hogans-Mathews Norton