Ohio State to open nurse-led clinic at University Hospital East

(BizJournals.com) Ohio State University’s College of Nursing is stepping directly into clinical care with the planned January opening of the school’s first nurse-led clinic.

The 3,400-square-foot office on the 12th floor of University Hospital East will be run by nurse-practitioners and combine both primary care and mental health for the low-income population surrounding the hospital on the east side.

Ohio law requires a physician collaborator with nurse-practitioners, and Dr. Mary Jo Welker, the head of the primary care network of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, will serve that role.

The nurse teams will emphasize management of chronic disease and prevention, such as coaching teens with weight problems and depression. The center also will provide training spots for nursing and medical students.

The clinic, named Total Health & Wellness, will be directed by Kristie Flamm, a nurse-practitioner in emergency medicine since 2009.

Patients will be charged on a sliding scale if they are not insured or on Medicaid, and the startup is supported for its first three years by a $1.5 million federal grant, as well as support from an Ohio Medicaidprogram to collaborate with higher education to research new approaches to care.