Healthcare United at GateWay (HUG) Clinics
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound), Physical Therapy Assisting and Respiratory Care programs at GateWay Community College teamed up to introduce Healthcare United at GateWay (HUG) Clinics for the community on a pro-bono basis. The clinic is a community service learning project for students in the respective programs.
The HUG Clinic provides an integrated learning experience for healthcare professional students, focusing on the physical therapy and sonography disciplines. Students currently pursuing a career in these disciplines can only participate in clinical practice after completing an entire didactic semester. The HUG Clinic provides more opportunities to gain hands-on experience throughout the program, allowing students to integrate course learning by treating patients instead of role-playing case studies with peers. The benefits of ‘real’ patient interaction include; improved interpersonal communication, critical-thinking skills and improved depth of understanding of didactic materials. Students must teach the patients about treatments, adapt their skills, and inform the patients about certain procedures.
The HUG Clinic has expanded its services to include free pulmonary maintenance. Provided by the respiratory care program, this service will conduct maintenance exercise for individuals with lung disease. Individualized exercise will be both strength training and aerobic.
In addition to the real-world experience, the HUG Clinic also provides continuous integration of classroom material with practical application of the work skill set required of students, reducing the on-the-job training needed and it benefits the GateWay community and eventually beyond by offering an affordable adjunct to primary care health services.
A grant from Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction supported the establishment of the clinic. Additional funding, (including an option for GateWay employees to contribute on their annual campaign forms) and/or grant money is being pursued to expand the program. The vision is to roll out the clinics on a pro-bono basis to GateWay and the community.
Expansion plans include incorporating other specialty services such as radiation therapy, nursing and health unit coordinating.
Schedule your appointment today for Ultrasound or Physical Therapy and see what this unique program has to offer! You will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis. For insurance, type in “NA”.
For expectant mothers scheduling ultrasound appointments, we look at a fetus up to 14 weeks for dating purposes; between 18 to 24 weeks for an anatomical scan; and more than 25 weeks for growth and overall well-being.
Before participating in a Pulmonary Rehabilitation session, the participant will need to get a clearance to exercise from their physician and schedule a one time intake evaluation at noon on Wednesday or Friday.
An evaluation will include a six minute walk test. After the initial visit, we will schedule/explain follow up appointments as needed for the patient.