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RALC Health Clinic provides on-site care for students

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A new clinic in Rochester is helping students in need get medical attention without having to disrupt their studies. 

Rochester Students' Health Services and the Rochester Alternative Learning Center hosted an open house Wednesday at the RALC Health Care Clinic facilities located at 37 Woodlake Drive Southeast.

The learning center opened two months ago.  Administrators said many of the 400 RALC students and their children have benefited from the clinic's convenient location inside the RALC building.  Visitors, including Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede, toured the facility on Wednesday. 

"In our first two months of operation, we've been able to save 36 student days. That means out of the encounters that we've had, there were 36 times we were able to send the student back to class," said Rachel Herman, Rochester Students' Health Services President.  "That makes a huge difference in their attendance."

The new, and free clinic operates with the help of dozens of volunteer nurse practitioners and donations from across the county.  ALC students can seek treatment for acute illness and minor injuries.  Health education and counseling are also provided at the site.

 

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