ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - The New York State Commissioner of Education, MaryEllen Elia made a visit to the southern tier on Thursday.
During her visit, Elia got to see firsthand on how Elmira City School District is offering their students more than just education. One of the schools she stopped at was Beecher Elementary in Elmira, where she toured the districts unique healthcare clinic.
"Its a wonderful community school model, great leadership in the district at each of the schools. I'm very impressed with the partners from the community and from Elmira that are coming together to support children and families," said MaryEllen Elia, New York State Commissioner of Education.
With help from officials at Arnot Health, the school district was able to open "Beecher Clinic" back in September of 2016. The clinic gives students who may not have insurance or a primary healthcare physician the healthcare they need at no cost.
"Basically, this is serviced by Senior Family Medicine Residents who will spend three hour clinic sessions here, providing acute care. For example, a kid that gets an earache or it can be a stomachache, they can be seen right here and get treated," said Dr. Richard Terry, the Director of Medical Education at Arnot Health.
Beecher Clinic is opened three days a week to the whole district, including their families. If you or your family doesn't have health insurance or a primary care physician, the clinic's healthcare navigator is always available