September 29th, 2020
GRMC, MLMC announce joint student health initiative with Garrett College
Pictured from left to right at the Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Health Clinic at Garrett College are: Kendra Thayer, GRMC Senior Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer for GRMC; Brittany Golden and Leigh Ann Wiltison, both of GRMC; and Shelley Menear, GC's Director of Equity and Compliance. Thayer and Menear worked closely together on getting the clinic up and running to begin serving students prior to the start of Garrett's fall semester.
Garrett Regional Medical Center President/CEO Mark Boucot, Mountain Laurel Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Brian Bailey and Garrett College President Richard Midcap announced on Tuesday a joint initiative to provide health services to Garrett College students during the 2020-21 academic year.
GRMC is operating an onsite health center, which will be open one day a week at the start. Mountain Laurel, meanwhile, is offering wrap-around telemedicine opportunities.
"When Garrett College approached us with this request, we were committed to finding a way to partner with the College," said Boucot. "We wanted to support the College's efforts to address the potential health issues related to the current pandemic, ensuring both the safety of their students and the community."
"We felt our ability to offer wraparound telemedicine services could help create an array of options for Garrett College students," said Bailey. "We viewed this partnership as completely in line with our mission."
"I'm so grateful for – and impressed by – the response we received from Mark and the Garrett Regional Medical Center leadership, as well as Brian and his Mountain Laurel leadership team," said Midcap. "I was convinced we needed their expertise and their support if we were to provide the safe, healthy environment our students deserve while going to college during a pandemic."
GRMC Senior Vice President Kendra Thayer and Garrett College Director of Equity & Compliance Shelley Menear are coordinating the efforts to create and maintain the health clinic, which is located in the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) at Garrett College's main campus in McHenry. Menear, meanwhile, has worked closely with MLMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shawn Long on the telemedicine services component of the plan.
Medical facilities – including examination rooms, waiting room, and administrative support areas – have existed in the CARC since its construction, but have not previously been used for those purposes.
"I think these partnerships address the one major void we identified in our student services," said Midcap. "I appreciate Mark, Kendra, Brian, and Shawn working through this challenge with us – and I feel very fortunate that the College has two such committed partners in Garrett Regional Medical Center and Mountain Laurel Medical Center."
While the health clinic will start as a once-a-week operation, Boucot said the clinic "can ramp up if we see the need for additional access and services exists." Boucot said GRMC will provide a nurse practitioner as well as administrative services. The College will only pay for services and supplies not covered by the students' insurance.