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Community Health Connection works to provide health care

Originally posted July 11, 2019

The Community Health Connection is hustling to open a primary-care clinic before classes start at an elementary school-based location in east Tulsa that recently was shuttered by OU Physicians-Tulsa.

Jim McCarthy, CEO of Community Health Connection, said he has hired a new medical provider for the Rosa Parks Elementary School site who will start Aug. 8. Patient scheduling probably will begin the following week, he said.

The OU Physicians-Tulsa Community Health Clinics at Rosa Parks and Roy Clark Elementary schools — which served under- and uninsured patients — closed June 30. McCarthy said he saw a Tulsa World article about the closures in May and got in contact with Union Public Schools.

Within 48 hours, he and Superintendent Kirt Hartzler were walking through the facility at Rosa Parks, which is attached to the elementary school, to see what might be possible. Typically, it’s a six-month turnaround from idea to implementation — not half that, McCarthy said.