First FWCS Health and Wellness Center opens - January 25, 2012

Record Number: 8410
Displayed from: Jan 25, 2012 , until: Mar 01, 2012

Fort Wayne Community Schools celebrated the opening of its first Health and Wellness Center Tuesday, Jan. 17. The district is opening two centers as part of changes made in the district's health insurance benefit for employees. Along with the changes in insurance plans for employees, FWCS entered at two-year contract with Novia CareClinics to open health and wellness centers to provide free acute and primary care as well as lab and pharmacy services to employees, retirees and dependent family members covered by the FWCS group health plan. Opening clinics will allow for better delivery of wellness initiatives through longer visits with the doctor while lowering overall health costs. The entire change in health insurance benefits, including the costs of opening the clinics, is expected to save the district $4 million in its first year. The first clinic, located at 10012 Auburn Park Drive, started seeing patients on Wednesday, Jan. 18. A second clinic will open Feb. 15 on Catalpa Street in a building already owned by FWCS. The Catalpa Street complex houses the district's warehouse, facilities and maintenance and operations departments. If needed, a third clinic will be opened in the future.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.