“We are delighted to be providing primary care services to so many young people from Mancelona and surrounding communities,” said Tammy Hickman, nurse practitioner at the school-based adolescent care center.
Hickman said the Ironmen Health Center staff offer services you would find in any doctor’s office, such as physical exams, treatment for illness or injury, basic lab work, and referral to specialty health care. In addition, youth may also receive many other services, including mental health counseling, programs to reduce health risks, and management for chronic diseases like asthma or diabetes. “We do not replace students’ physicians,” Hickman emphasized. “In fact, we make sure every one of our clients has their own personal physician.”
The primary difference between school-based health centers like the Ironmen Health Center and traditional doctors’ offices is long appointment times. “Longer appointments mean we can focus on prevention, early identification, and treatment of medical and behavioral concerns that can interfere with students learning,” Hickman said.
Anyone age 10-21 is welcome at the Ironmen Health Center, located in the Mancelona Family Resource Center on the campus of Mancelona Public Schools. Because charges are based on the youth’s annual income, fees are very low. No one is denied services due to inability to pay.
In addition to private insurance like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan and Priority Health, Medicaid, MI-Child, and Healthy Kids are accepted. Center staff can also help families enroll in Medicaid, MI-Child, or Healthy Kids.
The Ironmen Health Center is funded primarily with a grant to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan from the Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Department of Education.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information, telephone the Ironmen Health Center at 231-587-9840.
Ironmen Health Center staff and friends celebrated seeing the 500th client at the school-based adolescent health center located on the Mancelona Public School campus. Back from left: Jon Spoor, high school student, Tammy Hickman, nurse practitioner, Lori Harvey, public health technician, Monica Webb, counselor, and Ron Nurnberger, Mancelona Schools Superintendent. Front from left: Amy Derrer, School Liaison, and Marcie Grabruck, Family Support Specialist.