Local school superintendents, South Central Educational Service Center (ESC) employees and New Boston village officials gathered outside the new Scioto Advantage building (formally Daymar college) for a ribbon cutting ceremony August 1.
“We’re very thankful for Steve Hamilton, New Boston Village Administrator for helping us find the owner and to Mayor Junior Williams and New Boston Council for their support,” said ESC Superintendent Sandy Mers at the ceremony. “We’re also really grateful for our treasurer, our board and to everyone who’s helped with this project, spending their own time to make it a fantastic place. Last and certainly not least, Rob Seaman, our project manager. He has more hours on this project than anyone and I want to personally thank him for being so detail oriented and putting up with my impatience.”
Located at 3879 Rhodes Ave., in New Boston, Scioto Advantage is a new facility that provides health and wellness services to area school employees and their dependents through the Scioto Health Plan.
“Scioto Health Plan is our self-funded insurance plan and is part of Optimal Health Initiatives, which means, we control our decisions and we do our best to take care of our employees and their families. The Scioto Health Plan board members are all the local superintendents. They pay attention to detail and work to keep insurance raises low and they’ve supported the Scioto Advantage project,” explained Mers. “Scioto Health Plan Executive Director, Elaine Shafley brought us this idea and made it happen. She arranged tours of health centers in Central and Northern Ohio as well as Indiana and Tennessee. She’s been instrumental in all the detail work.”
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, visitors were introduced to the staff and provided with tours of the facility.
CareHere LLC will manage the operations of the facility.
“CareHere is an involved company that listens. Their expertise with health centers will help make Scioto Advantage the best health center for all,” said Mers.
The center began accepting patients and making appointments August 2.
Scioto Health plan members can use the facility with no co-payments, no deductibles and no costs for on-site generic medications. Appointments are never double-booked, so there is little to no wait time for patients.
Dr. Anthony Dallas, Cheif Medical Officer of CareHere said, “I’ve been associated with CareHere for 14 years. Ernie Clevenger and Ben Baker, the two co-founders and owners of the company approached me in my private practice. I came in and it was one of those days where you’re running behind and everything is going bad. I walked in and the only reason I talked to them is the county commissioner for the county that they were going to open the center in, his wife worked in my office. So she said, ‘you’ve gotta talk to these people,’ I talked to them and I started to fall in love with the concept. I kept sitting there saying ‘you’re telling me that as a physician, I have twenty minutes minimum with patients, uninterrupted and you’re telling me that the patients have no wait time so they’re not mad at me by the time they come back because they haven’t had to sit in my waiting room for thirty or forty minutes? And also it doesn’t cost them anything?’ My first thought was, ‘this is too good to be true,’ I listened to them and then I decided I had to be a part of this. I always liked what Ernie and Ben have always said, there are two things, ‘is it best for the patient?’ and ‘what is best for the client?’ And that has been the philosophy at CareHere for all the years I’ve been involved with them. I am really honored to be a part of this. I see the dedication to making a difference in their employees lives, not just day to day but long-term with trying to protect their health.”
Services include: chronic disease management, health coaching services, care for infections and colds, flu and allergy treatment, well-woman exams, well-child checkups, routine blood work, annual health screenings, wound care, minor stitches, bus driver physicals, school and sports physicals, skin checks, immunizations, birth control, wellness programs, generic prescription dispensary and more.
Patients can schedule their appointments online by visiting www.carehere.com or over the phone by calling 1-877-423-1330.
Left to Right: South Central ESC Superintendent Sandy Mers, New Boston Village Administrator Steve Hamilton, Rob Seaman of the ESC, Former Clay Superintendent and Scioto Advantage Chair Tony Mantell, Dr. Anthony Dallas of CareHere LLC, and Scioto Health plan representative, Elaine Shafley.
Reach Ciara Conley at 740-353-3101 ext. 1932