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IPS and Ascension St. Vincent Announce New Clinic for District Employees at Howe Middle School

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is making a significant investment in the health and wellness of its employees, thanks to a district-based primary care clinic in partnership with Ascension St. Vincent. 

The myIPS Employee & Family Clinic at Howe:Partnering with Ascension St. Vincent, scheduled to open in Fall 2024, will be located inside Howe Middle School, an IB World School. Officials from IPS and Ascension St. Vincent announced the partnership and new clinic today during the Howe groundbreaking. The clinic will be located in a state-of-the-art medical space at Howe, which is currently undergoing facility and athletic field renovations as part of the district’s Rebuilding Stronger initiative.

The clinic — for IPS employees and their families — will provide convenient and high-quality healthcare services, enhancing the overall well-being of the IPS community, said Christina Aden Hamer, the district’s chief human resources officer.

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Ascension St. Vincent to offer this invaluable resource to our employees and their families,” Aden Hamer said. “Ascension St. Vincent is a leader in healthcare and brings a wealth of experience in providing employee health services for school districts across Indiana.”

Access to the clinic’s services will be open to IPS employees, their spouses, and dependents at no cost. Employees will schedule visits to receive routine care, with no co-pay or fee due at the time of service.

“The clinic is also a testament to our ongoing commitment to supporting the overall well-being of our staff, ensuring they have access to the healthcare they need to thrive both personally and professionally,” Aden Hamer said. “With the support of APEX Benefits, IPS has positioned itself to continually expand the range of health and wellness benefits for our employees in innovative and fiscally responsible ways. I am so proud to be part of an IPS administration prioritizing primary care access for our employees and their families.”

A team of dedicated healthcare professionals from Ascension St. Vincent, renowned for their expertise and compassionate care, will staff the clinic, which will open in August at Howe. 

“Ascension St. Vincent is dedicated to spiritually centered, holistic care that sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities” said Kevin Speer, JD, chief executive officer, Ascension St. Vincent. “Through its partnership with IPS, the organization values the opportunity to serve teachers and staff so they can fully serve the district’s students and families.

“As a health ministry, we see firsthand the impact a health crisis can have on an individual and their family. Because of this, we strongly believe in proactive outreach and prevention, and in supporting each person as they work to improve their health,” he said. “We are pleased to partner with IPS to offer a range of integrated services to help each participant with physical health, mental and emotional health, and well-being through lifestyle management programs, preventive screenings, and management of acute and chronic conditions.”

Prevention and lifestyle management solutions will be the cornerstone of services offered in the myIPS Employee & Family Clinic at Howe: Partnering with Ascension St. Vincent. Ascension St. Vincent providers and clinical team members will care for IPS employees through a range of services focused on well-being. 

“Together, we look forward to improving the health and well-being of the IPS teachers and staff so they can continue to impact the lives of their students,” Speers said. 

Through the IPS Rebuilding Stronger initiative, Howe Middle School is an IB World School serving students in grades 6-8 starting with the 2024-25 school year. In addition to the facility and athletic facility upgrades happening at the school and the new employee health clinic, Howe is also home to a Day Early Learning Center.