New school-based health center at Tafolla Middle School
University Health System and San Antonio ISD on Tuesday held the grand opening for its new school-based clinic at Tafolla Middle School. Health Center West serves students and campus employees from SAISD schools in the West Side Lanier High School feeder Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Health System will staff the center with its employees, including a nurse practitioner, a nurse, a medical assistant and a registrar. Our school-based clinics bring health care to students and their families where they live and learn, keeping kids healthier and reducing absenteeism.
The center will provide care for both adults and children for the following health issues:
- Minor acute care (ear infections, throat infections, asthma, bronchitis)
- Physical exams/well-child checkups
- Primary care
- Sports physicals
- Health education on nutrition, disease and injury prevention
- Medication prescriptions as needed
Parents can make appointments by calling 210-644-2000.
The cost of a visit will depend on a patient’s insurance status at the time of the visit. Private insurance, CHIP, Medicaid, and cash payment arrangements are all accepted. Health Center West staff can assist patients that are underinsured or uninsured make an account with Bexar County’s CareLink financial assistance program.
In addition to the support from the Health System, in collaboration with the SAISD Foundation, the Baptist Health Foundation provided furniture for the waiting room and provider offices.
Health Center West is located on the Tafolla campus in a stand-alone portable building behind the main school building.
SAISD and University Health System plan to open a second health center, Health Center East, at Davis Middle School later this school year. Currently, University Health System also has health centers in Harlandale, Southside and Southwest ISDs.