Humble ISD’s upcoming health center—which will provide free medical services to students attending Humble High School, Lakeland Elementary School, Ross Sterling Middle School and Guy M. Sconzo Early College High School—is projected to open in August at Humble High School, officials said at a Jan. 13 Partnership Lake Houston event.
The clinic may serve students from additional schools as it expands, officials said.
The new clinic will be constructed and operated by Memorial Hermann Health System, a nonprofit health system in southeast Texas consisting of 17 hospitals, eight cancer centers, three heart and vascular institutes, and 27 sports medicine and rehabilitation centers.
According to Kim Koehn, senior director of major gifts for the Memorial Hermann Foundation, the clinic was made possible by a nearly $4 million grant from the Northeast Hospital Authority.
“[Northeast Hospital Authority] has been critical to making sure the residents in our community have access to health care,” Koehn said. “Bringing [a health center] into Humble ISD is just another unique way of meeting people where they are and making sure that our youth can be as healthy as they can.”
Koehn noted the center will offer HISD students free services with parental consent, including mental health and nutrition counseling, sports physicals, wellness exams, vaccinations, health education, and assistance applying for health and social services programs.
Additionally, Koehn said the clinic will be available to students throughout the summer and during other school holidays.
The new health center will mark the 11th school-based clinic Memorial Hermann Health System has opened in the last 20 years. Each of those clinics sees around 250-300 students per month, Koehn said.
HISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen touted the initiative when it was first announced in November.
“Memorial Hermann has previously provided physicals and sports medicine to Humble ISD student athletes and expertise to Humble ISD administrators on COVID-19 precautions,” Fagen said in a statement. “Our organizations share a commitment to helping children grow to lead happy, healthy, fulfilling lives, and the new center will provide opportunities in Humble ISD for families to receive health care like never before.”