Community Center's nurse center, outreach clinic relocate to Westside CARESAug. 3, 2018
Two medically related offerings at the Westside Community Center recently relocated to Westside CARES.
Still available at no charge to needy individuals, the neighborhood nurse center and outreach clinic are provided through
Westside CARES is a church-supported nonprofit at 2808 W. Colorado Ave. that chiefly focuses on emergency assistance for the working poor.
P-SF nurse Lisa Noll gave the following information (quoted comments are also from her):
- Nurse center. Hours - Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Services - “Coordination of care, advocacy, resource/referral provision, emotional/spiritual support and education to people who are medically under-served.” Appointments? Requested; walk-ins as available.
- Outreach clinic. Hours - Wednesdays, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Services - A doctor is on duty, providing “free primary health care to people who have problems accessing services elsewhere.” Not available are emergency care, pregnancy care or chronic pain management. “The focus is on helping people who are uninsured or without access to medical care stabilize their health and transition to a stable medical home.” Appointments? Required at 389-0759 x110 (Noll's number).
The clinic physcian is Colorado Springs family practitioner Dr. Mary Jewell. According to Noll, Jewell “takes times to get to know her patients, offering suggestions about healthy lifestyle practices, including referrals for mental health and drug- or alcohol-related concerns.”
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services opened the nurse center at the Westside Community Center in 2011 and the clinic in 2015.
A nurse has also been available at times for several years at Westside CARES. A decision was made this year to have just one nurse offering and put it at the nonprofit, especially because, as Aundrea Fuller of the Community Center noted, the nurse at WSC "was getting so many more people than here.”
Westside Pioneer/press release