The School Health LINK board of firectors has announced it will consolidate its two clinics effective Dec. 1.

The Silvis School Health LINK at 1314 10th St. will close permanently at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. The Rock Island School Health LINK clinic will remain open.

The board’s decision to close the Silvis clinic comes after operating limited office hours because of staffing challenges. For the last two years, the clinic had experienced an inability to secure consistent staffing levels to maintain high-quality patient care and service for children and parents in Rock Island County.

The LINK will transition all clients from the Silvis location to its Rock Island clinic. The School Health LINK will continue to operate a fully staffed, full-time clinic at the Rock Island location.

Dr. Nafees Khan of Franklin Pediatrics joined the School Health LINK as its medical director Aug. 1. The staff also includes two nurse practitioners and other clinicians.

All health-care services are billed on a sliding-fee scale based on total household income and size. Illinois Public Aid Medical Cards and All Kids are accepted.

The LINK is one of many school-based health centers in Illinois that operate through a collaboration of hospitals, school districts and the local health department, including Rock Island County Health Department, Rock Island School District and UnityPoint Health - Trinity.

The LINK provides comprehensive medical and behavioral health services to children from birth to early adulthood.

Office hours at The Rock Island School Health LINK clinic are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Rock Island School Health LINK clinic is at 2508 25th St., Suite A, Rock Island. For more information, call the clinic at 309-732-0958.

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