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EASD forges partnership with Easton Hospital over new Paxinosa Kids' Clinic

EASTON, Pa. - It appears the currently under renovation Paxinosa Elementary School in Easton will contain an unusual feature when it reopens next fall compared to other Easton Area School District (EASD) schools---a school-based children's healthcare clinic.

According to an update provided Tuesday by EASD Superintendent John Reinhart, Neighborhood Healthcare Centers of the Lehigh Valley (NHCLV) has secured federal funding to open a third area healthcare clinic, the second inside an elementary school attended by children living in locally impoverished neighborhoods.

Reinhart wrote in memo to school board members the NHCLV has received a federal grant allowing it to expand its services in the region by opening a healthcare clinic in Easton's West War, which includes the neighborhoods sending students to Paxinosa Elementary. 

Reinhart said following a recent meeting with the new owners of Easton Hospital the healthcare institution expressed a strong interest in lending its expertise to the staffing, equipment, and services provided in the new clinic to be located at the nearby school. He said hospital officials were brought up to speed regarding the details of the district opening a school-based children's clinic.

According to Reinhart, the NHCLV has also secured federal dollars to open an adult health clinic at the Twin Rivers Health and Wellness Center, located just a few blocks away from Paxinosa Elementary at 1101 Northampton Street in Easton. 

The superintendent said the proposed adult clinic will allow the school district to focus solely on children and their health needs. Reinhart said the Paxinosa renovation will allow for adequate clinic space but was unable to cite specific sizes and costs. 

The school district will have no association with the adult clinic which will most likely open before the Paxinosa clinic. The new school clinic is expected to be open by the start of the new school year next fall.

The NHCLV currently operates a school-based children's clinic at Donegan Elementary School in South Bethlehem and another at the Vida Nueva Casa on Second Street in Allentown.

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