Dr. Amelia Perez

Dr. Amelia Perez, SIUE assistant professor of primary care and health systems nursing, with a patient. The clinic, located on the SIUE East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., Building D, Suite 2015, is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing Community Nursing Services Clinic is responding to the changes in the national health care system.

Its East St. Louis clinic’s business and care model is evolving to meet the needs of its patients and adopting a name change. Effective immediately, the nurse-managed, primary care clinic in East St. Louis will be the “SIUE We Care Clinic.”

 “Health care is changing, and the SIUE We Care Clinic is changing with it,” said Dr. Anne Perry, interim dean of the SIUE School of Nursing.

Perry emphasized that the mission of the school and the clinic remains the same – providing affordable primary care, educational and wellness services in St. Clair and Madison counties. However, the clinic's leadership recognized the necessity to make changes to prepare for an increase in patients. The name change was given to the clinic to better reflect the changes and the broad commitment of the clinic to care, education and wellness.

“The SIUE We Care Clinic provides services across an individual’s lifespan that promote health and well-being to people living in the Metro East,” said Dr. Kim White, clinical director of the SIUE We Care Clinic and assistant professor or nursing.

“Our services include well-women exams, men’s health, pediatric care for children two-years-old and up, treatment of stable chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, health risk assessments and drug screenings.”

The clinic was established in 1990 and was formally known as the Community Nursing Services Clinic. It continues its commitment to improving the health of the community by providing comprehensive, evidence-based primary care.

The clinic’s professional nursing staff consists of advanced practice nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialist faculty. They work with residents, health care providers and agencies to identify health needs in the community, as well as to develop and implement plans to meet those needs. The SIUE We Care Clinic also provides educational experiences to undergraduate and graduate students.

The SIUE We Care Clinic is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. It is located on the SIUE East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., Building D, Suite 2015, East St. Louis, Ill. For more information or to make an appointment, call 618-482-6959 or visit siue.edu/nursing/siue-community-nursing-services.shtml.

March 7 deadline for scholarship 

For the fourth year in a row, the St. Louis Community CU Foundation has launched the Janice Mosby Scholarship opportunity. The foundation is partnering with TIAA-CREF Trust Company, FSB to award $2,500 scholarships to two eligible adult students in spring 2014.

Applicants must be first time or re-entry students ages 23 or older with aspirations to attend college full or part-time and are trying to move forward with their lives. Proof of enrollment is required. Applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree and either be enrolled or plan to enroll at an accredited school (two or four-year university or technical school) in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

The St. Louis Community CU Foundation created the scholarship fund in 2011 to honor the legacy of the late Janice Mosby, who was a teacher and principal in the St. Louis Public Schools for more than 30 years. With a kind heart and gentle spirit, she dedicated her life to helping students in the community develop to their fullest potential. Mosby served on the St. Louis Community Credit Union’s Board of Directors for 40 years and as a board member of the Credit Union’s Foundation.

The deadline for all applications is Friday, March 7. For additional eligibility information and to access the application, visit http://www.slccufoundation.org.

Pharmacy technician certificate program 

Registration is underway for St. Louis Community College’s pharmacy technician certificate program that begins Feb. 3.

This short-term allied health care program is offered in partnership with MK Education, a consulting company that specializes in health career training and curriculum.

The pharmacy technician certificate program consists of 165 contact hours, during which students will be in the classroom for 105 hours learning the fundamentals of working as a pharmacy technician. The program prepares graduates for the PTCB and ExCPT certification exams. In addition, students will have the opportunity to complete a 60-hour externship in a retail or hospital pharmacy setting.

“Employers are looking for individuals to come in with basic knowledge of real-life activities that would happen in a pharmacy setting,” said Bree Abbas, student relations adviser with MK Education. “This program is developed with employer-requested qualifications in mind.”

Abbas, the program adviser, will critique resumes and offer career planning tips to help students enter the pharmacy field.

The $2,100 tuition includes books, materials, lab fees and externships. Students may register at the Office of Continuing Education at STLCC’s Forest Park campus, 5600 Oakland Ave. 

For more information, contact Diane Sterett at 314-539-5754 or visit stlcc.edu/ce.

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