Lavaca Public Schools now has an optometrist on campus to go along with an already practicing medical clinic and dental office.
“By adding an optometrist to the clinic we can now truly educate the whole child by meeting their medical, mental, dental and optometric needs,” said Cristi Cleveland, Lavaca Public School’s Director of Coordinated School Health.
Dr. Hon Chung is an optometrist from Van Buren who will practice at the Lavaca Wellness Center every Monday, according to a news release from the school district. Students and teachers are able to be seen by medical personnel during a brief break from the school day without having to miss hours or even an entire day.
The Lavaca Eye Clinic is also a convenience to busy parents who work in other cities.
Patients should call (479) 674-4321 for an appointment. The school’s wellness clinic is one of 14 school-based health centers in Arkansas.
Currently, the school is receiving $525,000 in grant funding over a period of three years to support building the infrastructure for the Wellness Center.
The center is entering it’s third and final year of the grant.
Once the grant funding runs out, the doctors involved will pay rent/utilities to the district for the spaces occupied, creating a funding stream supporting the school, according to the school district.