GateWay Community College Opens Free Clinic to Community

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Sep 30, 2013, 2:15 p.m.

GateWay Community College is opening its new Healthcare United at GateWay (HUG) Clinic to the community in October. The HUG Clinic was piloted with students, faculty and staff of GateWay last spring in temporary space, with the intent to expand into permanent space and open to the community, Fall 2013.

"Students from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound), Physical Therapy Assisting and the Health Unit Coordinating programs will benefit from the clinic because it will provide them experience working with patients and patient records as well as the clinical experience needed before working at a clinical site," said Jessica Goodman, GateWay Physical Therapy instructor. 

Students Walk by HUG Clinic at GateWay
Students Walk by HUG Clinic located in MA Building at GateWay

Students will receive valuable experience with oversight coming from faculty experts. The clinic had to meet all the state requirements before opening as well, so it’s recognized as a legitimate healthcare option. 

“Inspections were done by the Arizona Department of Health Services, so we have received certification for providing a safe and healthy work environment for our students as well as our patients,” said Malka Stromer, GateWay Diagnostic Medical Sonography instructor.

The HUG Clinic will be affiliated with the Maricopa Integrated Health Systems (MIHS). In addition, University of Arizona medical students – both residents and fellows – will have an opportunity to fulfill specialty rotations in ultrasound at the HUG Clinic. 

It’s expected GateWay Nursing students will start to begin clinical days in Spring 2014. Nursing students, under the oversight of a faculty nurse practitioner, will perform basic assessments for all ages and may offer immunizations in the future.

Doors will open to the community on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will follow the district/college holiday break schedule, and services will be offered during select times.

The new HUG Clinic is located in MA1152 down the hall from the Gecko Cafe in the Main Building at GateWay. The clinic is required to follow all HIPPA requirements.

To book appointments visit http://www.gatewaycc.edu/hug-clinic. For questions, contact the clinic at 602-286-8506 or 602-286-8511