University of Alabama – College of Education, September 2023

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New SMART Clinic at Gordo Elementary serves wellness, academic needs of students

As students filled the classrooms of Gordo Elementary, ready to start another year of learning, the staff of the school’s new medical clinic was prepared for a busy school year as well.

The Gordo Elementary School SMART® Student Health and Wellness Clinic (SMART® Clinic) celebrated its spring opening last month with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony held outside of the school. After the dedication, attendees were able to tour the 1,500-square-foot clinic that includes two exam rooms, two behavioral health rooms, and a full-service CLIA-waived laboratory as well as reception and meeting areas.

The Gordo Elementary location is the second SMART® Clinic in the community and the fifth in Pickens County, with its first facilities opening their doors in 2018. Each clinic’s opening was made possible by design management firm Ginn Group Collaborative (GGC) and Legacy Sponsor CVS Health. SMART® partners Pickens County Primary Care (PC3), founded by Julia Lett Boothe, MD; SMART® physician John Brandon, MD; and Pickens County Schools also played important parts in this effort, as have stakeholders including The University of Alabama, former College of Education Dean Dr. Peter Hlebowitsh, and UA Office of Evaluation Director Dr. Karl Hamner.

All five SMART® Clinics are staffed with dedicated family physicians and nurse practitioners from SMART® medical provider partner PC3 as well as certified social workers, who offer behavior health services and counseling to students, teachers, and faculty in the schools. Students in the UA School of Social Work also assist in the clinics as they complete their internship placements.

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