Free Medical Clinic for City, County and Robertson County School Employees

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (WKRN) – Robertson County, Robertson County Schools and the City of Springfield are putting employee health first, opening a new medical clinic that all of its staff can use for free.

Joseph Bruton, a Robertson County schools bus driver, works part-time, so he was not eligible for health insurance. With special needs children at home requiring significant medical attention, the cost of doctor visits has increased.

“If something catastrophic happened or I needed due process, that would have been overkill for me, so it’s an incredible program for us,” Bruton said.

Robertson County, Robertson County and Springfield Schools were awarded a grant to open the clinic. It took officials about a year to complete the renovations.

Now that it is open, staff and their families can visit for sick visits, checkups and fill their generic prescriptions at no cost, even if they are uninsured.

“There are two big barriers that prevent people from getting health care. It’s cost and convenience, and we’ve eliminated both,” said Todd Garlington, president of Medical Analysis.

Prior to the clinic, county, city and school district employees had to wait days or weeks to get in to the doctor and had to take half a day or a full day to get there. Now they can make an appointment at the clinic earlier or show up during their lunch break.

“They see their patients in about 12 to 15 minutes, so it’s easy. You walk in, get checked out, and then you can either go back to work or get your prescriptions. If you have to take a sick day, you can,” Robertson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Causey said.

Additionally, the entities hope that the free clinic will be a powerful tool in recruiting and retaining the best staff.

“Every time you give benefits, you’re able to hire more people, and that’s a big plus for all counties because right now we’re all short,” said Mayor Billy Vogle. of Robertson County.

Leaders will continue to adjust clinic operations to better meet the needs of their employees. There is room to expand if needed.