HOPE – The realization of almost two years of planning, development and community collaboration will be completed with the grand opening of the Bobcat Clinic, the first-ever school-based health clinic in Southwest Arkansas.

Public ceremonies are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the 18th Street plaza on the Hope High School campus for the dedication, Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, and reception.

Medical services will be provided through a partnership between Hope Public Schools and CABUN Rural Health Services, while behavioral health services will be through a partnership between HPS and Arkansas Counseling and Psychodiagnostics.

HPS Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hart said the completion of the initiative begun in February, 2018, has been largely through the leadership of Bobcat Clinic Director Gretchen Carlton and HPS Assistant Superintendent for Equity/Federal Programs Portia Jones.

“The credit for this accomplishment goes to the team of folks headed by Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Carlton, along with our school nurses group,” Dr. Hart said. “They developed and submitted the grant proposal and have been instrumental in getting us to this point.”

Operating under the oversight of the federal Department of Health and Human Services through its Health Resources and Services Administration, CABUN will provide medical services at the clinic which is housed in the remodeled Family and Consumer Science Cottage at Hope High School.

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